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State Terrorism and Human Rights Violations in Ethiopia Must Stop

Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians (GARE) 

State Terrorism and Human Rights Violations in Ethiopia Must Stop Immediately Press Release- For Immediate Release 

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians, a non-partisan, not-for-profit, and independent  human rights advocacy organization, has been at the forefront of defending the human and civil  rights of all Ethiopians for a decade. GARE is shocked by the deliberate, planned, coordinated,  systematic, and Ethiopian government- and non-government-led, ethnically motivated killings,  incarcerations, and displacement of millions of Amhara throughout Ethiopia and the Amhara  region. 

GARE condemns these Nazi-like genocidal acts by Abiy Ahmed’s regime. GARE demands an  immediate stoppage of the onslaught on Amara as well as the deployment and use by Abiy’s army  of tanks, military aircraft, drones, and other heavy weapons in the most populated Amhara cities  like Bahir Dar, Bure, Debre Berhan, Debre Tabor, Finote Salam, Gondar, Shoa Robit, and other  localities. This week, the Boston Globe acknowledged that Ethiopian airstrikes killed 26 innocent  civilians in Finote Salam alone. Local sources tell us that the number of people killed exceeds 70. 

It is with utter disbelief that GARE points out to the international community that tanks continue  to roam menacingly in the cities of Godar and Bahir Dar, shooting randomly at innocent civilians,  monasteries, churches, castles, and other edifices. No one really knows the number of civilians  wounded or killed. The regime cut off the internet, denying ordinary citizens access to the internet,  and barred independent foreign investigative reporters from visiting affected towns and cities. 

GARE urges the international community to express outrage, demand Ethiopian government  accountability, an instant cessation of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Amhara by the Abiy Ahmed  regime, and the immediate withdrawal of government military forces from the Amhara region  without preconditions. 

GARE urges the international community to urge the Abiy Ahmed regime to address the root causes  of Amhara defiance and resistance that have reached a point of no return and, convene a conference  under the auspices of the African Union or IGAD. GARE believes that for the conference to  succeed, it must involve critical stakeholders in the Amhara community, most notably Fano. GARE  genuinely believes that Ethiopia’s survival will depend entirely on Abiy Ahmed’s willingness and  readiness to solve the problem through political and peaceful means rather than using military  aggression and occupation. 

GARE wishes to point out that Amhara is the second-most populated region of Ethiopia, home to  an estimated forty million people. Over the past five years, Amhara representatives have supported 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government in playing a decisive role in the war with the Tigray  People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) from late 2020 through 2022.  During this critical period, Fano, Amhara Special Forces, and Amhara militia fought and died side  by side with the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF). It is these forces that saved the Abiy  regime from total collapse and Ethiopia from disintegration. GARE recognizes the fact that tensions  between Amhara and federal forces started to brew following the end of the war between the TPLF  on the one hand and the Abiy regime on the other. The Abiy regime signed a peace agreement with  the TPLF without representation of the directly affected regions, namely Afar and Amhara. The  TPLF did not disarm, leaving the Amhara region exposed and vulnerable. 

The impasse concerning the future of Wolkait, Tsegede, Tselemt, and Raya remained in suspense.  It has become an Amhara-wide human rights matter. Indigenous Amhara in these localities who  claimed Amhara identity remained in a permanent state of suspense and insecurity. A political  decision by the federal government acknowledging the indigenous Amhara population’s demand  for recognition of their legitimate human and civil rights would have gone a long way in settling  the matter. 

Tragically, the TPLF has announced publicly that it has amassed more than 200, 000 battle-ready  troops to reclaim Wolkait, Tegede, Tselemt, and Raya, the so-called “Western Tigray.” This  alarming announcement to wage another war is a threat to the entire Amhara population. GARE has been deeply concerned about human and civil rights violations of the Amhara  populations in Wellega, Oromia, Beni-Shangul Gumuz, Addis Ababa, and the new Sheger city of  Amhara. Things have gotten much worse under the watch of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Amnesty  International, Human Rights Watch, and others have provided documentary evidence that  thousands of Amhara have been slaughtered like chickens and that an estimated one million  Amhara have been displaced. An estimated 800,000 Amhara have been made homeless and  poverty-stricken owing to the massive displacement of Amhara residents in Addis Ababa and  Sheger City. GARE is expressing its disappointment that perpetrators of ethnic cleansing, genocide  or displacement have not been held accountable. 

Finally, in its capacity as a human rights advocacy organization, GARE firmly believes that the  state of emergency that the Ethiopian parliament approved exacerbates and deepens the crisis. It  sanctions large-scale punitive measures by Abiy’s military without any accountability or  independent oversight. The proclamation fails to address the root causes of the resistance and  defiance of the Amhara population. 

GARE GARE concludes this release by commending the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, his Excellency H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, who issued a statement on August 16, 2023, on the situation in Ethiopia, expressing “grave. concern” regarding “the military confrontation in the Amhara region” and calling in the “strongest” terms for “the parties to immediately cease the fighting and ensure the protection of civilians.” GARE shares Commissioner Faki Mahamat’s urgent plea that “the parties engage in dialogue to reach a peaceful solution.” 

GARE calls on all Ethiopians to support a peaceful way out of this crisis without  preconditions. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If you care about Ethiopian rights, what about this? youtu.be/07zObPwWPrA?t=257

    1). Call your group what it is: “Global Alliance for Amaras.” All your bulletins promote Amara Supremacy using pretexts like Amara Rights Violations, Amara Genocide, etc.

    2). Ethiopia’s last election was monitored by international observers [US/EU/AU]. Some lost: Eskinder [Balderas], Dr. Birhanu [eZema], Dr. Merera, etc. The US-backed “All-Inclusive Transitional Gov’t” crap is to grab power without being elected by Ethiopians.

    3). The Zemene/Eskinder/Mihret/Mesafint Fannos [ZEMMF] murdered elected Amara officials. Murder is Capital Crime! Murderers should stand trial! That triggered this war!

    4). Fannos are the Army’s Apolitical Backups! They are neither politicians nor Ethnic Putschists! Therefore, the ZEMMF are Proxy Domestic Terrorist Amara Putschists.

    5). The current Amara Zone war is just the latest in the Ethiopia-destabilizing Proxy Wars Series launched by Egypt & the White Supremacist West using The Enemy Within [i.e., Proxy Domestic Terrorist Amara Putschist Wolves in Ethiopian Sheep’s Clothing].

    i). When TPLF used children & civilians as Human Shields & Cannon Fodder, it was Crimes against Humanity. Why is it “Amara Patriotism” when ZEMMF do same thing?

    ii). When Jawar’s Qéros blocked roads, stormed towns, etc. you called it ‘Oromo Terrorism.’ What makes it ‘Amara Patriotism’ when ZEMMF do exactly the same thing?

  2. The Crocodile Tears & Lip Service of the Ethiopian Diaspora [ED]: ≈80% of ED are former rulers/flunkeys/awardees/etc. They are the same ones who made Ethiopia “The World’s Poster Child of Famine.” Who forgets these famine-appeal songs for Ethiopia?

    1). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975].
    2). “We are the World!” – Circa 1985 – [Dubbed “World’s national anthem for Ethiopia”]

    Compare: Under Abiy, despite drought, locust, COVID, WSW*’s loan/aid/trade repeal, >10 million kids get ≥2 meals a day [plus school supplies, transport, etc.]. This gives ≥ 20 million parents peace of mind all over Ethiopia. What have these ED done for Ethiopia?

    Wouldn’t it be the joke of the millennium when these same crooks wrap themselves up in the Ethiopian flag as though they care about the same Ethiopians they starved and fled?

    Wouldn’t it also be a travesty of justice and a joke on the Ethiopian people to even listen to them – let alone reinstate them without elections using petty jokes like – “All-Inclusive Transitional Government”? Why does the WSW only care about breeding Proxy Dogs?

    WSW*: White Supremacist West

  3. ይሄ የበሰበሰ የካድሬ ክምችት ሃምሳ አመታት ሙሉ እንደ መዥገርና ትኹዋን ኢትዮጵያን ጀርባ ላይ ተጣብቆ ከጌታው እንደውሻ ለሚወረወርልት አጥንትና ዘወትር ለማይጠግበው የከርሱ ፍርፋሪ ለቀማ ሲል በየቦታው ልክ እንደውሻ ጭራውን እየቆላ 24/7 ያላዝናል:: ለጌታው ያጎበድዳል: ይሰግዳል:: ይሄ መድረክ በኢትዮጵያ እና በኢትዮጵያዊያን ላይ ከፍተኛ ጥላቻ ባላቸው የኦርሙማው ቅዥትና የቀን ህልም አላሚዎችና የ ጨቋኙ: አምባገነኑ እጁቹ በንፁሃን ደም ለጎደፉት ለጨቀዩት ላደፉት ለቆሸሹት ሞሽላቃ ወስላታ ሌባ ምግባረ ብልሹ ኢሞራላዊ ኢሰብአዊዉ የጠ/ሚ ተብየውና አሽከሮቹ አለክላኪዎችና አፈ ቀላጢዎች ኡኡታና አሉባልታ መደንቆር የለበትም::

    እነዚህ የበሰበሰው ስርዐት ግዑዛን ዘብ ጠባቂዎች: ጌታቸው አባ ገዳያቸው አለቃቸው በማስረጃ በአመክንዮ ተረቶ በእውነት በአለም የፍርድ መድረክ በትዕቢት ያበጠችው ልቡ ዋይ እስክትል የእውነትን ቡጢ ደጋግሞ እሲክጠግባት ድረስ ሲቀምሳት በሃሰት የቆሞው ማንነቱ በዜሮ ተዘርሮ በአደባባይ በአፍጢሙ ሲንከባለል ሲያዪ ከጌታቸው የምትወረወርላቸው እጥንት መቅረት ስለሚያንገበግባቸው ለሃጫቸውን ልክ እንደውሻ በማዝረክረክ ወይ አጥንቴ እያሉ ለጌታቸው ሲሉ ያላዝናሉ::

    ጌታቸው ፍርድ አታጣምም:!!!! መድሎዋዊ አትሁን !!!!! የሰውን መብት አትንካ !!!! የሰው ሃይማኖት ውስት ገብተህ በደም በተጨማለቀው እጅህ በደም ቧጭሮ ቧጭሮ በጨቀዪት ጥፍሮችህ አትፈትፍት!!!! ክፍርድ ሚዛን ላይ መድሎዋዊ እጅህን አንሳ!!!! ምስኪን እናቶችን ህፃናትን እርጉዞችን አመጫቶችን አዛውንት አባቶችን እናቶችን አታፈናቅል!!!! አትግደል ተብሎ ሲገሰፅ ሲወቀስ አይናቸው ደም ይቀላል:: ሰርተው በራሳቸው ታግለስ ጥረው ግረው እንዳይበሉ ታታሪነቱ እውቀቱ ትምህርቱ ክህሎቱ ከየት መጥቶ??? ዝም ብሎ እንደመዥገር እና ትኹዋን የህዝብ ደም መምጠጥ ብቻ::

    This two bit cadre repeats the same nonsense ad nauseas. His/ her own stats prove our point. At least 20 million parents cannot even feed their kids twice, let alone three times. That is at least. 1 out of every four Ethiopia is in crushing poverty.

    1) the birr has been devalued by over-150%.

    2) 1 quintal teff = 12000 birr, THIS IS A 600% PRICE JUMP.

    3) one egg is now 16 birr. THIS IS A 500% PRICE JUMP.

    4) 1 loaf of bread is 6 birr. THIS IS A 400% PRICE JUMP!!!!

    5 1 kg beef is over 800 birr. THIS IS A 450% PRICE JUMP!!!!!!

    6) 1 liter benzene is 69.7 birr. THIS IS AN ALMOST 350% PRiCE JUMP!!!!!

    Are Ethiopians doing better today than they were before Abiy came to power?????

    ANSWER: NO!!!!!!!!!

    Are Ethiopians safer and more secure today than five years ago????

    ANSWER: Never in the history of Ethiopia, have Ethiopians been this unsafe and insecure.

    SOLUTION: No such thing as a dictator perpetuo in 21 st century!!!!! No matter how much the tinpot dictator with kangaroo courts covets, HE WAS NOT, IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE EVEN A CZAR, LET ALONE A CESZAR!!!

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