In a statement released on Monday, the organizations congratulated the United Arab Emirates for “successfully hosting the historic COP28UAE,” and acknowledged the country for “its commitment to addressing critical global issues and fostering international collaboration,” while expressing concern that the United Arab Emirates is supplying the Ethiopian government with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) that are used for human rights violations in Ethiopia.
The organizations wrote : “…it is with a heavy heart that we, collectively, express profound concerns regarding the violations of the International Convention on Human Rights by the Government of Ethiopia, specifically in connection with its use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) provided by the UAE. The Ethiopian diaspora community, rooted in appreciation for the friendship between our two peoples, is troubled by the potential implications of such actions…”
The letter also highlighted that there have been over 100 drone strikes in the Amhara region of Ethiopia and that civilians were killed indiscriminately including women, children, and the elderly. Civilian institutions including schools and Health centers were attacked.
Also noting many other grave situations in the Amhara region where Abiy Ahmed’s government is undertaking a ruthless war, the Ethiopian Diaspora organizations who wrote the letter urged “the government of the United Arab Emirates to reassess its military ties with the Ethiopian government. The reported violations of international humanitarian law demand a reevaluation of support for a regime that stands accused of committing genocide against its own civilian population.”
They urged the United Arab Emirates government to reassess military ties with Abiy Ahmed’s government in Ethiopia in light of the ongoing egregious human rights violations in the Amhara region.
Content of the full letter is available HERE
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