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Amnesty International’s Position on the Situation in Ethiopia

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by Emedo Farda

Amnesty International on Tuesday released a statement reflecting on the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE) second report.

Amnesty International’s statement on the situation in Ethiopia raises several points that warrant critical examination. While acknowledging the importance of human rights organizations and their role in holding governments accountable, there are valid concerns against Amnesty’s stance.

Amnesty International’s primary focus appears to be on advocating for the continuation of ICHREE’s mandate rather than addressing the complexity of the situation in Ethiopia. While the organization may have legitimate concerns about human rights violations, it should also consider the broader context of the conflict, which involves multiple parties and underlying issues. Amnesty’s fixation on ICHREE’s mandate renewal may not fully address the root causes of the conflict and hinder efforts to find a sustainable solution.

Amnesty’s choice of terminology to describe the conflict as an “unfolding crisis in the Amhara region” may be seen as an attempt to remain neutral and not prejudge the situation. It is essential to avoid using inflammatory language that could further exacerbate tensions and hinder diplomatic efforts. Describing the conflict in more measured terms allows for a more understanding of the situation.

Amnesty suggests that there is a political alliance between the TPLF and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party with the intent to target the Amhara region. While such claims should be thoroughly investigated, they should not be accepted at face value without concrete evidence. Amnesty’s assertion of such an alliance may oversimplify the complex dynamics at play in Ethiopian politics and the ongoing conflict.

Amnesty International’s recommendations, while well-intentioned, may not fully consider the practicality and effectiveness of their implementation. Urging the UNHRC to renew ICHREE’s mandate without addressing the need for a comprehensive peace process and negotiations among all stakeholders could hinder progress toward a lasting resolution. Additionally, expecting the European Union to support such a resolution without a thorough examination of its feasibility and impact on the ground may not be realistic.

While the UNHRC established ICHREE with a specific mandate, it is crucial to recognize that the situation in Ethiopia is dynamic and relying solely on a single investigative mechanism may not provide a complete picture of the conflict’s complexities. Amnesty International should acknowledge the need for a multifaceted approach to addressing the crisis, including diplomatic efforts, humanitarian assistance, and African Union (AU) conflict resolution initiatives.

It is essential for Amnesty International to scrutinize its positions and recommendations in the context of the complex situation in Ethiopia. A comprehensive and inclusive approach that considers the interests of all parties involved is necessary to address the root causes of the conflict and work towards a sustainable peace in the region.

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  1. I didn’t read Amnesty’s report. But this article seems to suggest the work of ICHREE should be over and other solutions to Ethiopian problems need to be sought after. It is very important the work of ICHREE is extended to include the entire Ethiopia. You can not leave for Abiy to care for Ethiopians Human right. He is a cold blooded individual who shouldn’t be trusted to lead such a diverse country. Whatever he established domestically to resolve atrocities committed in the country is to buy time not to do anything about it.

  2. Even if there is no problem, they will concoct/stage one to stay in business! So, the ENDF should have cameramen in each unit to film the children & civilians used as human shield & cannon fodder by the Amara Supremacy Putschists Quartet [ASPQ: Zemene/Eskinder/Mihret/Mesafint] wreaking havoc in Amara Fanno Hats.

    As it is the turn of the ASPQ Domestic Terrorists to bleed Ethiopia, ALL Ethiopians should stand for Ethiopia LIKE ABIY and keep their eyes on these likely Security Blind Spots & Soft Spots that make Ethiopia vulnerable:

    1). Staff of Institutions with ‘International’ Designations: Schools, Research Centers, NGOs, etc.
    2). The >40K Americans: No ordinary American would go to Ethiopia to live/work/etc.

    3). The >200K Eritreans [in Addis Alone]: No Eritrean is in Ethiopia to do Ethiopia any favor. They have a proven record in Addis for serving Whites as informants, providing service, etc.

    4). Ethiopian Airlines & Airports: ENFORCE Strict Aviation A+ Security Clearance Compliance at ALL airports and the Ethiopian Airlines’ Premises [Aviation University, its affiliate schools, etc.]. A+ Security Clearance Blind Spots:

    i). Aviation University [AU]: Why did the US Embassy go to the airline’s AU for STEM [ignoring Ministry of Education]? [→STEM ‘Experts’ walk in & out.] The AAU has Math, Science, and Engineering Departments;

    ii). Flight Crew & Cabin Crew: Implement stricter departure/arrival body/luggage scan;
    iii). Loaders & Luggage Handlers: Stricter screening & surveillance at their Reserved Entrances/Exits;
    iv). Airport Businesses [Cafés/Shops/etc.]: Reserved Entrances/Exits with stricter surveillance.


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