Appeal Letter to the UN Secretary-General Regarding Crises in Ethiopia's Amhara Region.

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

We, the undersigned, representing Ethiopian diaspora organizations and community groups in the Unites States, Canada, Europe, and Africa, are deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The Ethiopian government has started an unjust war that targets the Amhara ethnic group. As documented by numerous credible reports, there has emerged a disturbing picture of mass displacement, extrajudicial killings, mass arrests, indiscriminate bombing, and destruction of critical infrastructure—all of which has triggered an atmosphere of fear and despair among the civilian population.

We believe that these genocidal atrocities and ethnic cleansing against Amharas represent a gross violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws, and demand the immediate response of the international community, before it is too late.

In contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Amhara people now live as second-class citizens in their own country. Ethnic Amharas have been persecuted and massively displaced in the Oromia region, with tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children brutally massacred based on their ethnic identity. Ethnic Amharas have been severely restricted from freely moving in the country, and are particularly prevented from entering the capital city, Addis Ababa. The houses of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Amhara families have been systematically demolished in Addis Ababa and its surroundings in the past year alone. Indiscriminate drone bombing and horrific crimes are committed at a time when the United Nations marks its 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Given the United Nations mandate to uphold peace, security, and human rights worldwide, we strongly urge the organization to take swift and decisive actions to address the situation in the Amhara region. In particular, we call upon the United Nations to:

  • Pressure the Ethiopian government to end its aggression in the Amhara region effective immediately. The Ethiopian government should immediately withdraw the federal army from Amhara region, cease hostilities, and address the grievances of the people to end the violence and suffering of innocent civilians.
  • Provide humanitarian assistance to the Amhara region that has been devastated by years of war. Facilitate the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to the affected population, ensuring assistance reaches those in need without discrimination.
  • Urge the government of Ethiopia to desist from using famine as a weapon of repression. The government should refrain from denying farmers in the Amhara region access to fertilizers as a means of asserting its control over their livelihood.
  • Ensure the upholding of human rights and the pursuit of justice for the committed crimes to establish enduring peace and reconciliation. Specifically, hold responsible government officials and their accomplices accountable for the crimes they have committed. A noteworthy example pertains to the hate speech delivered by a spokesperson of the Oromia regional government in Mekelle on August 21, 2023. The spokesperson officially acknowledged, “… the Oromia region extended a preferential treatment to native Tigrayans residing in Oromia, safeguarding them against persecution and displacement — an advantage not extended to any other ethnic group..." This disclosure tacitly acknowledges the ruling Prosperity Party's complicity in orchestrating the atrocities perpetrated in Wollega and other locations within the Oromia region, under the vigilant gaze of regional and national leadership.

Your Excellency:

We kindly request that the appeal outlined above be brought to the attention of the United Nations Security Council and other relevant UN departments and individuals. We firmly trust that swift and resolute action on this appeal can significantly mitigate massacres of Amhara population and prevent further genocidal atrocities against innocent civilians.

We are prepared to meet with your staff and provide factual and authentic information and evidence that could help bring about positive outcomes.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We are confident that the United Nations will uphold its mission by protecting human rights and promoting peace for the Amhara people of Ethiopia.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Endorsing Organizations:

  1. American Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee – AEPAC, https://aepact.org
  2. Associations of Ethiopians in Europe – AEE, https://www.ethiodiaspora.net
  3. Concerned Ethiopians – CE, https://concernedethiopians.org
  4. Ethiopian American Civic Council & Ethiopian Advocacy Network EACC- EAN, https://www.facebook.com/EACCEAN
  5. Ethio-American Development Council – EADC, https://twitter.com/ea_devcouncil
  6. Ethiopian Public diplomacy NetworkEPDN, https://ethiopianpublicdiplomacynetwork.com
  7. Ethio-Canadian Network for Advocacy and Support – ECNAS, https://ecnas.ca
  8. Ethiopiawinnet, https://ethiopiawin.net/
  9. Global Alliance for the Rights of EthiopiansGARE, https://globalethiopia.org/
  10. Global Ethiopian Scholars Initiative – GESI, https://ethioscholars.org
  11. Hope for Ethiopia https://nytristatehope4ethiopia.org
  12. Network of Ethiopian Scholars - NES, https://nesglobal.org
  13. Vision EthiopiaVE, https://ve2020.org  
  14. Voice of The Victims Organization – https://vovwelkait.org
  15. Worldwide Ethiopian Civic Association NetworkWE-CAN

 

 

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