If Twitter was worried about Trump’s tweets being used to justify violence in a country with strong guardrails against civilians turning on one another and where there’s no specific ethnic minority that the tweets targeted, it should be horrified by Abiy’s tweets for two reasons. First, Abiy is very blunt in his tweets in a way that Trump never was, and never could have been. Abiy is clear about who the target is and about what needs to be done. The target is ethnic Tigrayans and what needs to be done is left to each person’s discretion, which means anything goes. This has all the hallmarks of a call to genocide. Second, there’s no independent body in Ethiopia who can say “this is wrong”. So, if Abiy orders an attack against Tigrayans, which has done in multiple tweets, ethnic Tigrayans have no one to appeal to.
The Martyrs’ Monument was deliberately targeted for destruction because of its unique place as a monument for the history of the armed struggle of the people of Tigray. This is cultural genocide.
Certainly, the striking contrast between Tigray and Eritrea doesn’t end there where it is so telling why Tigray is turning the dynamics of the war to its favour. Again, as much as it has a lot to do with a brilliant military strategy augmented with extraordinary forte and perseverance, it has a lot to do with the power of ideas as well.
Why do evangelical Christians, who claim to worship Christ Jesus, chose to side with the state that is determined to wipe out Tigrayans?
Almost all facets of the ongoing war on Tigray trigger memories of the horrors of the past for Tigrayans.
The cost of the war is felt by every one of Tigrayan identity, our current reality is characterized by loss - of family, of jobs, of homes - and we can not make future plans: no plan of marriage, business, or anything that can be done under normal circumstances. The war has put a halt on all personal and societal activities of a normal life.
The use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare and denial of humanitarian access are very serious breaches of IHL so how should the UNSC respond?
What made Cardinal Berhaneyesus stand against the people of Tigray? Why did he fail to condemn state-sponsored starvation and sexual violence in Tigray?
Tigrayans and those who care about the people of Tigray are calling for urgent action to put an end to human rights violations. Above all, the UNSC members must demand Abiy Ahmed to take concrete measures to stop the war before it is too late. He should not be allowed to hide behind “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and continue, unchecked, to violate the human rights of Tigrayans. If he as a head of government cannot protect civilians, someone else should.
ገለ ውልቀ ሰብ መዚ እዘን ሃገራትን ገለ ኣብ እዘን ሃገራት ዘለው ፈጠርቲ ፅዕንቶ ሰባትን ብውልቀኦም በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሰላማዊ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ዝፍፀም ዘሎ ንምግላፁን ንምሕሳቡን ዝኸብድ ኣረሜናዊ ግፍዒ ከም ሰብ ሓዘኔታ ክስምዖም ይኽእል እኳ እንተ ዀነ፡ ፖሊሲ ወፃኢ ኣመሪካ ኰነ ሃገራት ኣውሮፓ ግን ብቐንዱ ብረብሓ እምበር ብ ሓዘኔታ ኣይይምራሕን።