Oct 23, 2021

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EU Parliament adopts resolution on Ethiopia; demands immediate cessation of hostilities, calls for wide range sanctions including arms embargo

– On October 7th, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the “immediate cessation of hostilities by all parties” and extensive sanctions, including arms embargoes, against all warring parties involved in the ongoing civil war in Ethiopia.

The 27-point resolution was adopted with a total of 618 for, 58 abstentions and four against.

The first point in the resolution “calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities by all parties, which is a necessary condition for the urgently needed improvement of the humanitarian situation in Tigray and
other regions, particularly Afar and Amhara; calls for an immediate return to constitutional order and the establishment of a ceasefire monitoring mechanism. “

In response to the call for far-reaching sanctions, Parliament passed a call to” call on member states to stop arms exports and monitor technology to Ethiopia that is being used, to facilitate attacks on civilians and commit human rights abuses. ”

She also called on the“ Ethiopian government to sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; calls on the warring parties to ensure full access to independent human rights monitors and investigators, including United Nations and African Union investigators. ” caused crisis and “This widespread human suffering is completely preventable.” It also highlights that children “have been recruited into the conflict by the warring factions, including the Tigrayan forces; and that “the use of child soldiers is a war crime”.

It also found that “the Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested and forcibly disappeared ethnic Tigrayans in the Ethiopian capital and committed other attacks against them, such as as the closure of Tigrayan’s own companies; whereas incitement to hatred and discrimination and increasing inflammatory anti-Tigray rhetoric are evident across Ethiopia, including from senior government officials. ”The 27-point resolution includes a call for the “UN Security Council” to consider sending UN peacekeepers to the region. ”Parliament expressed its“ regret that the UN Security Council has not yet dealt with the situation in Tigray ”and called for“ the EU and Urges its member states to urge the UN Security Council to hold regular public meetings on Tigray and to take decisive action to ensure unhindered humanitarian access, the protection of civilians, an end to serious violations of international law and accountability for the atrocities. ”

Parliament instructed the President to send copies of the resolution forward to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the member states, the European External Action Service, the Federal Government and the House of Federation of Ethiopia, the authorities of Tigrayan, the Government of the Republic of Sudan, the Government of the State of Eritrea, the Governments of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union and its Member States, the Pan-African Parliament and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. ”