Jun 22, 2021

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Just In: Ethiopia says campaign to exert “undue pressure” against it “regrettable”; push by partners to involve the TPLF in national dialogue “unacceptable”

It is indeed regrettable that there seems to be a concerted campaign these days to put undue pressure on Ethiopia. Despite the tireless efforts of the Ethiopian government to address partners’ questions and concerns in a positive and constructive manner, it is given a cold shoulder. Because of this, the Ethiopian government has been forced to question the motives of some partners, especially given the public statements and statements they have recently made. You don’t seem to show a real desire to understand Ethiopia and help it overcome its current challenges. Rather, they would only be counterproductive and aggravating situations. These statements and statements, as well as the fake news and speculation spread through the media speak volumes on this point. In this context, the Ethiopian government once again believes that it is absolutely essential to clarify its position on some of the most important and important issues.

The Ethiopian government has not only its willingness and its will Demonstrated commitment to work with the international community to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, but also to provide unrestricted and unhindered access to all parts of the region for humanitarian actors. While there was difficulty accessing some areas of the bag due to security issues, this has now been resolved. It is therefore absurd for some partners to continue to complain of a lack of access despite the actual situation on the ground. The challenge at hand is quite the opposite and relates to capacity and resource issues. This is known to the humanitarian actors working in the region. As the Ethiopian government has repeatedly made clear, there is a real difference in the fact that the partners respond in a timely and effective manner to the international appeal by using more resources for the relief measures and not repeatedly demanding ad nauseum access

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On several occasions, the Ethiopian government has also made it clear how it takes allegations of human rights violations and crimes extremely seriously. As a result, it acted quickly to commence the necessary investigation to review these allegations and bring the perpetrators to justice. In this context, a team of representatives from the Attorney General and the Federal Police Commission in the Tigray region was deployed to carry out this investigation. Last week they announced the outcome of their criminal investigation and the actions taken so far to ensure accountability. On the other hand, the Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights has investigated and reported on human rights issues, including the Mai Kadra massacre, civilian victims, sexual violence and allegations of discriminatory treatment. The result of these investigations will certainly enable the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and to take full action against alleged human rights violations and crimes in the Tigray region. The EHRC has already published some of its preliminary findings and recommendations from its independent research. In addition, the Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have agreed to conduct joint investigations. At the invitation of the Ethiopian government, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights is conducting its own investigative work. The constant lamentation of human rights violations while the Ethiopian government has shown its full commitment to getting to the bottom of the problem and using the full force of the law to ensure accountability and justice serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily politicize the problem and inappropriately Apply pressure.

The Ethiopian government has deliberately worked to promote national dialogue and create the necessary national consensus in the country to find a better way forward. In this context, she organized a series of discussions to engage broader sections of Ethiopian society, including opposition parties, the academic community, civil society organizations and various representatives of society, including women and youth, around a culture of peace and reconciliation and building a bourgeois political culture. The importance of these discussions for the preparation of national elections cannot be stressed enough.

In addition, the Ethiopian government has shown its willingness to deal with legal opposition parties, members of civil society, the private sector, elders, scholars , celebrities and others in the Tigray region to encourage dialogue. The high-level engagement has already started based on a roadmap developed by the relevant Ethiopian authorities. However, it should be clear that the partners’ urge to include the TPLF in this national dialogue process is unacceptable. TPLF is a banned group that has endangered the sovereignty of the country and its constitutional order. The Ethiopian parliament recently made a decision designating it as a terrorist organization. For this reason, the Ethiopian government rejects repeated calls from the partners to end hostilities and negotiate with the TPLF.

The unjustified and unfounded allegations against the suppression of dissent and a Tackling journalists, which some media outlets are doing these days while the country prepares for national elections, has no other purpose than tarnishing the government’s image and undermining the electoral process. Nothing can be further from the truth. This is indeed a government that has rescued the country from the abyss and opened the political space to ensure more peace, freedom and democracy. The reform cards were not only recognized domestically but also internationally.

However, the Ethiopian government was the first to recognize that its reform efforts were not without challenges. But it is determined to redouble that effort with the necessary strength. That is why everything is being done to ensure that the upcoming elections are conducted in a peaceful, transparent and credible manner. The expectation is that this will usher in a new era of democratic dispensation to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the Ethiopian people for lasting peace, freedom and democracy. One thing is certain, although building and maintaining a full-fledged democracy and political culture is essentially a self-drawn process and cannot be achieved through external pressure. Indeed, the fundamental basis for promoting democracy is respect for constitutionality and the rule of law. And the main responsibility for ensuring compliance in this regard certainly rests with the government.

It must be made clear here that the Ethiopian government has no desire to curb dissent. Otherwise, it would not have invited most of the opposition groups and politicians, as well as journalists, activists and other people in exile, to return to their country and operate freely. It knows full well that this approach has been tried and tested in the past, but has failed. The government does not believe that journalists or politicians are imprisoned for their political views and opinions. Those behind the bar are accused of breaking the law. Hence, they will have their day in court and the law will set them free if found not guilty. For foreign journalists, the government believes that asking them to strictly adhere to the law of the country when carrying out their journalistic work is not too much. Those who do this have worked without difficulty. It should be clear, however, that the government has a duty to take the necessary legal action against those who are unwilling and unwilling to comply with the law.

There have also been repeated ones Attempts to make unjustified statements on the internal affairs of Ethiopia, particularly regarding the Amhara regional forces. Ethiopia is a sovereign nation and cannot accept outside regulations for the management of its own internal affairs. The Ethiopian government would like to make it clear once again that it is its sole responsibility to deploy the necessary security structures and means to guarantee the rule of law in all corners of its borders. The constitution provides for peace and security to be guaranteed against any threat to the country’s constitutional order. In this context, the federal government has carried out rule of law operations in Tigray.

While it is the desire of the Ethiopian government to always remain ready and open to contact partners on mutual matters of interest and concern, it will be forced to reassess his relationships if these attempts to meddle in his internal affairs continue unabated. Indeed, it is regrettable that some partners have chosen to deal with Ethiopia’s internal affairs. One cannot be indifferent when Ethiopia is openly attacked while claiming to be too concerned and trying to deal inappropriately with its international affairs. for it simply contributes duplication. The Ethiopian government therefore rejects statements that are not only inappropriate but also completely unacceptable.