Tigray President Debretsion’s call on Ethiopians to refuse to be a part of yet another catastrophe and carnage

The people of Tigray were never an enemy to the Amhara, they are not today, nor will they ever be an enemy in the future. To other Ethiopians: uphold your responsibility to advocate for the perpetrators that committed atrocities during the war on Tigray to be held accountable. Do not enter into another round of destructive war against the people of Tigray, that the regime could not defeat even with the invitation of foreign invading force. We call upon you to say enough and refuse to a part of yet another catastrophe and carnage, and to engage in a befitting struggle that is beneficial for yourselves and your future history.

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Press Release by the Government of the National State of Tigray on the Médecins Sans Frontières Killings and the Togoga Market Airstrike

Tigray government condemns the brutal killing of MSF colleagues as the work of Ethiopian government, puts it in perspective, calls for independent investigation, and calls on the International Community to move beyond condemnation and take action.

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Focusing on Eritrea for the withdrawal of its troops from Tigray
Abiy Ahmed and Isaias visiting Sawa Military Camp in Eritrea

Focusing on Eritrea for the withdrawal of its troops from Tigray

Eritrea remains to be the most indispensable party in the military and humanitarian crisis in Tigray as well as in the wider regional crisis. Thus, forcing out Eritrea of the tripartite alliance would be the beginning of peace not only in Ethiopia, but also in the region.

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UNSC Statement on Tigray Alone Won’t save Lives; Action Needed

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.

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Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki – the Thorn in the Horn

But there is no unanimity about what should be done. So, the US and EU must take the lead by joining hands to put a Draconian and punitive measures against the governments in Addis Ababa and Asmara thereby press for the complete withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray. This should be an urgent task. Why? Because in the presence of Eritrean troops aid cannot reach for over 4.5 million people who need urgent humanitarian assistance. In the presence of Eritrean troops an independent investigation into the alleged crimes would be very difficult. In the presence of Eritrean troops the atrocities will continue and peace cannot be restored in Tigray, among others.

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Abiy Ahmed: the reformer that wasn’t

Alas! All these reforms were short-lived. Most of the released political prisoners are now imprisoned on bogus charges; hundreds of thousands of dissenters are incarcerated; many media organizations are forcibly closed. The internet and telephone services are used to suppress dissenting views, there is a war on all fronts in Ethiopia, and many regions are operating under a state of emergency.

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