The United Nations (UN) is calling for the release of local workers arrested by the Ethiopian government as part of a controversial raid on people believed to be supporters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was wrong for Ethiopia to detain people without a formal charge.
“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the immediate release of UN personnel detained in Ethiopia. As far as he is aware, the staff are being detained without charge and without specific information about the reason for their arrest, ”said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General.
The United Nations did not do the number of detained staff was not reported, but there were critical reports that the authorities in Addis Ababa arrested experts and other professionals from the Tigray ethnic group suspected of supporting or sympathizing with the TPLF.
Officially, the government rejects allegations of targeting ethnic groups, but the families of some UN officials have told the media that their loved ones have disappeared without a trace.
“The Secretary General expresses concern about reports through arbitrary arrests and detentions designed to increase divisions and resentments between one or more groups, “she said.
” He f calls on the authorities to speak out publicly against the attacks on certain ethnic groups and to demonstrate their commitment to human rights and respect for the rule of law. “
The UN Secretary General repeated his calls to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the TPLF to consider dialogue and called on them to cease firing and give priority to the welfare of the civilian population.
“The course of the military conflict will not bring lasting peace and stability to Ethiopia. Safe and unhindered humanitarian access urgently needs to be restored, “the spokesman said.
As of November 17, almost 200 infants reportedly died of hunger in hospitals in the Ethiopian region of Tigray than a year after the outbreak As malnutrition increased, malnutrition increased According to data collected by local doctors and researchers, a brutal conflict broke out.
Much of Tigray is under the control of the TPLF, which ruled the region before the conflict began and today a terrorist group is Addis Ababa.
PM Abiy sent troops to Tigray last November to overthrow the TPLF, the regional ruling party, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, promised a quick victory, but by the end of June had the TPLF recaptured most of the region, including its capital, Mekele, and has since advanced south.
Less than 15 percent of the hi needed since mid-July lfe has invaded Tigray, according to the UN, and has created the specter of the kind of mass starvation that made Ethiopia the epitome of famine in the 1980s.
While foreign envoys try to resolve the conflict while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited neighboring Kenya on Wednesday, the TPLF said “lifting” the “siege” of Tigray is a condition of any ceasefire.