ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT DISCLAIMS UNWARRANTED AND UNFAIR ACCUSATIONS
The Ethiopian government has expressed disappointment over accusations and public statements made by some of its partners in recent times. Pronouncements seem to be short of showing a genuine desire to understand and help the nation overcome its current challenges. The country’s spokesperson in this regard outlined on Monday, a couple of factors to disclaim the fake news and speculations propagated through media.
He began by disclaiming the denial of access to humanitarian aid. The Ethiopian government through her spokesperson expressed total willingness and commitment as always by the government to work with the international community to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Tigray and the full and unhindered access granted to humanitarian actors to operate in all parts of the region. Difficulties he said were encountered in just a few areas that were still hostile by then. But with the situation being under control, the challenges are more of issues of capacity and resource. The Ethiopian government he said, rather timely and effective response to the international appeal by availing more resources to the relief efforts.
Accused secondly on basis of human rights abuses, the Ethiopian government made it clear on several occasions how it takes any allegations of human rights abuses and crimes extremely seriously. Prove is the swift action that she undertakes to carry out the necessary investigation to verify every allegation and bring perpetrators to justice. The spokesperson explained how a team composed of representatives from the Federal Attorney General and the Federal Police Commission had been deployed in the Tigray Region to carry out this investigative work. They announced last week, the outcome of their criminal investigations and the actions taken thus far to ensure the necessary accountability in this regard. On the other hand, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has been investigating and reporting on human rights issues, including the Mai Kadra massacre, civilian casualties, sexual violence, and allegations of discriminatory treatment. The outcome of these investigations will certainly enable the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and comprehensively address alleged human rights violations and crimes that have occurred in the Tigray region. In addition, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have agreed to conduct joint investigations to get to the root of the rights violation issues, with the government showing unreserved commitment to collaborate and apply the full force of the law in ensuring accountability and justice.
It was equally rumoured that the Ethiopian government wasn’t open to a ceasefire and national dialogue. Whereas, she has been consciously working to promote national dialogue and build the necessary national consensus in the country to chart a better way forward. The Ethiopian government spokesperson outlined how the government organized series of discussions to engage with wider sections of the Ethiopian society, including opposition political parties, the academic community, Civil Society Organizations, and various representatives of the society, including women and the youth with a view to promoting a culture of peace and reconciliation, and build civic political culture. In this regards, it organized series of discussions to engage with wider sections of the Ethiopian society, including opposition political parties, the academic community, Civil Society Organizations, and various representatives of the society, including women and the youth with a view to promoting a culture of peace and reconciliation, and build civic political culture. The significance of these discussions as the country gears up to hold national elections cannot be over-emphasized.
In addition, the Ethiopian government has also shown its readiness to engage with legal opposition parties, members of the civil society, the private sector, elders, scholars, prominent personalities, and others in the Tigray region to promote dialogue.
He however unequivocally described as unacceptable, the push by partners to involve the TPLF – ‘’an outlaw group’’ in the national dialogue process. The Ethiopian Parliament recently passed a decision labelling the TPLF as a Terrorist Organization.
Propagating fake and unsubstantiated allegations on the stifling of dissent and a crackdown on journalists while the country gears up to hold national elections are another unfair accusation which the government spokesperson outlined and emphasized how its main purpose can only be to tarnish the government’s image and undermine the electoral process. The government he noted has rescued the country from the abyss and opened up the political space to safeguard greater peace, freedom, and democracy. Its reform credentials have also been well recognized not only domestically but also internationally. As far as foreign journalists are concerned, the government believes that it is not too much to ask them to strictly abide by the law of the land in carrying out their journalistic work. What needs to be made clear here is that the Ethiopian government has no desire to clamp down on dissent. Otherwise, it would not have invited most of the opposition groups and politicians as well as journalists, activists and others who were in exile to return to their country and operate freely.
The spokesman geared out of the press statement by stating the independence and sovereignty of the Ethiopian state. As he stated a number of attempts to make unwarranted statements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs, particularly in relation to the Amhara regional forces. The Ethiopian government wants to make it abundantly clear once again that deploying the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders is within its sole responsibility. It is mandated by the Constitution to ensure peace and security against any threats to the Constitutional order of the country. It is in this context that the Federal government has been undertaking the rule of law operations in Tigray.