Addis Abeba, December 06/2021 – A joint statement signed by the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States and released this afternoon expressed profound concern about the “detention of certain ethnic groups” in Ethiopia and called on the government for the detentions to “cease immediately.”
We, Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, are profoundly concerned by recent reports of the Ethiopian government’s detention of large numbers of Ethiopian citizens on the basis of their ethnicity and without charge. The Ethiopian government’s announcement of a State of Emergency on November 2 is no justification for the mass detention of individuals from certain ethnic groups.
Many of these acts likely constitute violations of international law and must cease immediately. We urge unhindered and timely access by international monitors
Reports by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Amnesty
International describe widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans, including
Orthodox priests, older people, and mothers with children. Individuals
are being arrested and detained without charges or a court hearing and
are reportedly being held in inhumane conditions. Many of these acts
likely constitute violations of international law and must cease
immediately. We urge unhindered and timely access by international
We reiterate our grave concern at the human rights abuses and
violations, such as those involving conflict related sexual violence,
identified in the joint investigation report by the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the EHRC, and at ongoing
reports of atrocities being committed by all parties to the conflicts.
All parties must comply with their obligations under international
humanitarian law, including those regarding the protection of civilians
and humanitarian and medical personnel.
It is clear that there is no military solution to this conflict, and we denounce any and all violence against civilians, past, present and future. All armed actors should cease fighting and the Eritrean Defense Forces should withdraw from Ethiopia. We reiterate our call for all parties to seize the opportunity to negotiate a sustainable ceasefire without preconditions. Fundamentally, Ethiopians must build an inclusive political process and national consensus through political and legal means, and all those responsible for violations and abuses of human rights must be held accountable. Dispatch
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