Request for an immediate investigation in to the forced eviction of Amharas

April 8, 2013

Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo)

To Navanethem Pillay – Chair, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Request for an immediate investigation in to the forced eviction of Amharas from Western and Southern Ethiopia.

Recent developments in Ethiopia indicate that thousands of ethnic Amharas have been forcefully evicted from the Benshangul RegionEthiopian People's Congress for United Struggle (Shengo) in Western Ethiopia. Overnight, masses of unassuming people including vulnerable women and children have been uprooted and forced to leave their livelihood in the most callous circumstances. This forced eviction was confirmed by credible international news
agencies including the Voice of America.

This is not the first time that such forced and ethnic based eviction was carried out targeting the Amharas in Ethiopia. Last year thousands were also evicted from Maji Guraferda a location in Southern Ethiopia in a similar action taken by the local authorities. According to a leaked memo the horrendous ethnic based forced eviction was ordered by the president of the southern region Mr Shigute.

Shengo is appalled by such inhuman and illegal act perpetuated with the full knowledge of the ruling EPRDF. To date the government has taken no steps to stop such ethnic based forced eviction. Shengo is very concerned that whatever the pretext, this current eviction is part of a systemic policy of “ethnic cleansing regions in Ethiopia”.

We contend that this action could constitute crime against humanity as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

As such, we urge your office to give the situation a very urgent and immediate attention investigate and avert further human tragedy.

Sincerely yours;

Ermias Alemu, (Dr)

Cc Genocide watch
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3 Responses to Request for an immediate investigation in to the forced eviction of Amharas

  1. victory Reply

    April 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    This is a good start. I heard they may have reversed their action but the people are afraid of reprisals and there is no one to defend them. If we are silent when they cleanse people from one region to another, the next step they take will be genocide and if we are silent then we dserve what is coming. Now is the time to organize and unite asap.

  2. Selamawit Solomon Reply

    April 9, 2013 at 1:54 am

    first of I thank you Very much for your action to stand for justice. I wish this great Organization,called Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo) and its noble stand to Stop the ongoing heinous human tragedy in Ethiopia.
    I wish you also provide the International Criminal Court(ICC) with detailed documented dates, pictures, photoes, videos etc…In order to help them follow up the crimes and the criminals from local to federal level who are commited the crime against humanity

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