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Urgent Appeal Regarding the Humanitarian Crises in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region (Letter)

Ethiopia Amhara region situation
Logos of signatory organization to the letter to the U.N. Secretary General

His Excellency 
Mr. Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General 
United Nations 
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

We, the undersigned, representing Ethiopian diaspora organizations and community groups in the Unites States, Canada, Europe, and Africa, are deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The Ethiopian government has started an unjust war that targets the Amhara ethnic group. As documented by numerous credible reports, there has emerged a disturbing picture of mass displacement, extrajudicial killings, mass arrests, indiscriminate bombing, and destruction of critical infrastructure—all of which has triggered an atmosphere of fear and despair among the civilian population. 

We believe that these genocidal atrocities and ethnic cleansing against Amharas represent a gross violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws, and demand the immediate response of the international community, before it is too late. 

In contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Amhara people now live as second-class citizens in their own country. Ethnic Amharas have been persecuted and massively displaced in the Oromia region, with tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children brutally massacred based on their ethnic identity. Ethnic Amharas have been severely restricted from freely moving in the country, and are particularly prevented from entering the capital city, Addis Ababa. The houses of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Amhara families have been systematically demolished in Addis Ababa and its surroundings in the past year alone. Indiscriminate drone bombing and horrific crimes are committed at a time when the United Nations marks its 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Given the United Nations mandate to uphold peace, security, and human rights worldwide, we strongly urge the organization to take swift and decisive actions to address the situation in the Amhara region. In particular, we call upon the United Nations to:

  • Pressure the Ethiopian government to end its aggression in the Amhara region effective immediately. The Ethiopian government should immediately withdraw the federal army from Amhara region, cease hostilities, and address the grievances of the people to end the violence and suffering of innocent civilians.
  • Provide humanitarian assistance to the Amhara region that has been devastated by years of war. Facilitate the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to the affected population, ensuring assistance reaches those in need without discrimination. 
  • Urge the government of Ethiopia to desist from using famine as a weapon of repression. The government should refrain from denying farmers in the Amhara region access to fertilizers as a means of asserting its control over their livelihood.
  • Ensure the upholding of human rights and the pursuit of justice for the committed crimes to establish enduring peace and reconciliation. Specifically, hold responsible government officials and their accomplices accountable for the crimes they have committed. A noteworthy example pertains to the recent hate speech delivered by a spokesperson of the Oromia regional government at the Ashenda Festival in Mekelle on August 21, 2023. The Oromia government spokesperson openly and publicly called for an ethnic war between the people of Tigray and Amhara by asking Tigrayans to “join an alliance with Oromos to defeat a common enemy” — referring to ethnic Amharas as “the common enemy.” This decision to openly incite an ethnic war among fellow Ethiopians is a distressing turn of events and marks a new low for the Government of Ethiopia. This disclosure tacitly acknowledges the ruling Prosperity Party’s complicity in orchestrating the atrocities against ethnic Amharas perpetrated in Wollega and other locations within the Oromia region, under the vigilant gaze of regional and national leadership.

Your Excellency:

We kindly request that the appeal outlined above be brought to the attention of the United Nations Security Council and other relevant UN departments and individuals. We firmly trust that swift and resolute action on this appeal can significantly mitigate massacres of Amhara population and prevent further genocidal atrocities against innocent civilians. 

We are prepared to meet with your staff and provide factual and authentic information and evidence that could help bring about positive outcomes.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We are confident that the United Nations will uphold its mission by protecting human rights and promoting peace for the Amhara people of Ethiopia. 

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Endorsing Organizations: 

  1. American Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee – AEPAC, https://aepact.org 
  2. Associations of Ethiopians in Europe – AEE, https://www.ethiodiaspora.net 
  3. Concerned Ethiopians – CE, https://concernedethiopians.org 
  4. Ethiopian American Civic Council & Ethiopian Advocacy Network – EACC- EAN, https://www.facebook.com/EACCEAN 
  5. Ethio-American Development Council EADC, https://twitter.com/ea_devcouncil 
  6. Ethiopian Public diplomacy Network – EPDN, https://ethiopianpublicdiplomacynetwork.com 
  7. Ethio-Canadian Network for Advocacy and Support – ECNAS, https://ecnas.ca 
  8. Ethiopiawinnet, https://ethiopiawin.net/
  9. Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians – GARE, https://globalethiopia.org/
  10. Global Ethiopian Scholars Initiative – GESI, https://ethioscholars.org 
  11. Hope for Ethiopia – https://nytristatehope4ethiopia.org 
  12. Network of Ethiopian Scholars – NES, https://nesglobal.org
  13. Unity for Ethiopia – https://twitter.com/UnityForEthio
  14. Vision Ethiopia – VE, https://ve2020.org   
  15. Voice of The Victims Organization – https://vovwelkait.org   
  16. Worldwide Ethiopian Civic Association Network – WE-CAN

CC:

  • Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs 
  • Volker Turk, Commissioner, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights 
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Program
  • All Members of the UN Security Council

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4 COMMENTS

  1. #DefendAbiyAndENDF-1

    Q: Who are the Ethiopian Diaspora? Why did they set-up such continental organizations?

    ≈80% of Ethiopian Diaspora [ED] are former regimes’ rulers/gofers/awardees who fled Ethiopia fearing retribution. Most are the same Amaras who made Ethiopia “The World’s Poster Child of Famine.” Who would ever forget 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”]

    Isn’t it the cruelest of all jokes when the same ED who starved Ethiopians & fled appeal to the UN? They shed their crocodile tears using their listed ‘organizations’ as façades to return to power without elections via the “All-Inclusive Transitional Government” crap.

  2. #DefendAbiyAndENDF-2

    Q: Who started the war? Who won the election? Should we praise & reward murderers?

    1). Ethiopia & Election: US/EU/AU monitored the last election. Abiy’s Prosperity Party won. Democratically Elected Amara Officials [DEAO] formed the Amara Government.

    2). Murder & Justice: Zemene/Eskinder/Mihret/Mesafint [ZEMM] went on DEAO killing spree. To evade justice, ZEMM put on the Amara Popular Front Fanno [APFF] cloak and launched their Putschist urban & rural guerrilla warfare to topple the Amara Government.

    3). Murder & Law Enforcement: Murder is Capital Crime! ZEMM/APFF should stand trial! The Amara Police was overpowered by the Putschists and the army was called in. No safe haven for Putschist Domestic Terrorists. You do the CRIME; you do the TIME!

  3. #DefendAbiyAndENDF-3

    Q: Who commits rights violations? Who starves Amaras? Who lobbies for embargo?

    1). Crimes against Humanity [CAH] & Human Rights Violations [HRV]: Using Children & Civilians [C&C] as Human Shields & Cannon Fodder [HS & CF] are CAH & HRV. ZEMM have been using C&C as HS&CF. So, they should stand trial for CAH & HRV.

    2). Amaras & Agriculture: It’s in Abiy’s past 2 years that Amaras received over 1,530 tractors, thousands of pumps, etc. and harvested >242,000 ha of wheat just this summer. TPLF launched its war at harvest season & ZEMM launched theirs in the farming season.

    3). Amaras & Fertilizer: Ethiopia needs USD for fertilizer imports. This same ‘Ethiopian Diaspora [ED]’ lobbied US & EU for embargo on Ethiopia using the same organizations. Abiy imported some somehow, but the ED-backed ZEMM/APFF blocked access roads.

  4. Let Amhara's innocent civilians enjoy peace and harmony with the rest of all Ethiopians, but these terrorist organizations will not be forgotten Let Amhara's innocent civilians enjoy peace and harmony with the rest of all Ethiopians, but these terrorist organizations will not be forgotten

    Borkena’s terrorist website, You are deleting comments. All those lists of organizations, asking the UNSC, the EU, and all the Western countries, are sponsors of genocide committed in Tigray and Oromia. These terrorist Amhara organizations send money to Fannos in the names of displaced Amhara to sponsor war and genocide in Tigray and Oromia. Their letter indicated that Fannos are subjected to defeat after defeat.
    –Borkena is radical Amhara website , supporting genocide against-non-Amharas like these 16 organizations listed in the above. Mahibrekidusan is also not an exception-terrorist association playing religious cards.

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