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Appeal for Urgent Action to Stop the Ongoing Violence, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide Against the Amhara People of Ethiopia

June 29, 2023

To: UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), UNHRC Member States, and Delegation of the EU to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva

Subject: Urgent Action to Protect the Amhara People of Ethiopia Against Ethnic Violence and Genocide

We, the undersigned organizations of Ethiopians in the Diaspora, write this letter of appeal to request an urgent action by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), UNHRC Member States, and the Delegation of the EU to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva to stop the ongoing human rights violations and genocide against the Amhara people of Ethiopia.

In addition, we request the prolongation of the terms of the members of the Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia โ€” whose activities hitherto have been impeded by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed โ€” and ask that the government be held accountable to ensure the Commission executes its tasks freely in the country.

As widely reported, the Amhara population has been subjected to oppression and ethnic cleansing for the past five years by the Oromo extremist forces, including the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF,) the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA,) the Oromo Special Forces (OSF) and Queero (Oromo Youth Group), with the full support and intervention of the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Notably:

Over 100,000 Amhara individuals residing in Wellega, Benishangul-Gumuz, and North Shewa have lost their lives, with millions forced to flee their homes.
Numerous Amhara civilians have been killed, and over 111,000 houses have been destroyed in the Oromia environs of the capital, Addis Ababa, leading to the displacement of over 500,000
Countless individuals who spoke out against the violence, including journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers and students, have been imprisoned, harassed or forced to flee the country.
Presently, the government of Prime Minister Abiy is waging a multi-pronged, all-out assault against the Amhara people, in coordination with internal extremist forces and external actors. More specifically:

The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) โ€” which has undergone significant restructuring, with Oromo and OLF supporters appointed to leadership positions while other ethnic groups, especially the Amharas, have been purged or completely marginalized โ€” has invariably refused to protect the Amhara people against extremist forces. Alarmingly, Abiy Ahmed has made outrageously irresponsible remarks in which he repeatedly stated that he would not instruct the people of Begemeder (Gondar) how to defend themselves. Consequently, the Amhara people have resorted to self-defense, relying on local militias, armed residents (Fano) and the Amhara Special Forces to combat.
With the explicit goal of incapacitating and subjugating the Amhara people, a relentless campaign is now underway to exterminate and dismantle the Fano militias, upon which the Amhara people rely for self-defense.
The ENDF is currently conducting bombing campaigns in the Amhara region, resulting in numerous casualties, and destruction of properties and cultural and religious establishments. The recent attack for six days on Sellassie monastery of Debre Elias Woreda, in East Gojam starting on May 27, 2023, serves as a distressing example of the ongoing violence. The government forces deliberately targeted the monastery during an alleged operation to arrest Eskinder Nega, a prominent peace advocate. The attack resulted in the death, injury, or dispersal of approximately 95% of the estimated 1000 individuals residing in the monastery.
Using as a pretext the Pretoria Peace Accord, at which they were denied legitimate seats, the Amharas are also under attack to withdraw from their ancestral lands of Wolkait, Raya and other regions that had been forcibly occupied by the Tigrayan Peopleโ€™s Liberation Front (TPLF) in 1995
Further, the government of Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed has continued to systematically target Amhara intellectuals, business owners and farmers, withholding their funds, harassing officials, denying farmers much-needed access to fertilizers, and demolishing residences of innocent civilian.
We are outraged by the governmentโ€™s continued support and perpetration of the Amhara genocide without any intervention by the international community, despite the availability of reliable information regarding these atrocities from diplomatic and other credible sources.

We believe the UNHRC and related organizations have the responsibility of safeguarding human rights and investigating allegations of crimes against humanity.

We, therefore, call upon the UNHRC and member countries of the European Union to:

Promptly respond to the calls from the Amhara community and its supporters, and establish an independent Commission of Inquiry, investigate the reported crimes committed against the Amhara people, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Stop the ongoing violence immediately, ensure the safety and security of the Amhara people, and facilitate access to much-needed relief aid.
Prolong the terms of the members of the Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia whose activities have been impeded by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The international community must act now and with utmost urgency to stop the ongoing human rights violations and genocidal violence against the Amhara people of Ethiopia!

Sincerely,

SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS

Abba Bahrey Forum
Adwa Great African Victory Association (AGAVA)
All Shewa Ethiopian People Multipurpose International Association
Amhara Association in Queensland, Australia
Amhara Blood is Our Blood Association (แ‹จแŠ แˆ›แˆซ แ‹ฐแˆ แ‹ฐแˆ›แ‰ฝแŠ• แŠแ‹ แˆ›แˆ…แ‰ แˆญ)
Amhara Dimtse Serechit
APF Support Task Force in the Diaspora (แ‹จแŠ แˆ›แˆซ แˆ•แ‹แ‰ฃแ‹Š แŒแŠ•แ‰ฃแˆญ แ‹จแ‹แŒญ แ‹ตแŒ‹แ แˆฐแŒญ แŒแ‰ฅแˆจ แŠƒแ‹ญแˆ)
Amhara Wellbeing and Development Association
Balderas Support Group in North America
Bay Area Save Life
Bay Area Ethiopian Community Association
Communities of Ethiopians in Finland
Concerned Amharas in the Diaspora
Congress of Ethiopian Civic Organizations (CECO)
DC Joint Task Force (แ‹จแ‹ฒ.แˆฒ. แŒ‹แˆซ แŒแ‰ฅแˆจแŠƒแ‹ญแˆ)
DC Task Force (แ‹จแ‹ฒแˆฒ แŒแ‰ฅแˆจแŠƒแ‹ญแˆ)
Embilta Forum
International Ethiopian Women Organization (แ‹“แˆˆแˆ แŠ แ‰€แ แ‹จแŠขแ‰ตแ‹ฎแŒตแ‹ซ แˆดแ‰ถแ‰ฝ แ‹ตแˆญแŒ…แ‰ต)
Ethiopian American Development Council (EADC)
Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Cincinnati (ECAGC)
Ethiopian Dialogue Forum (EDF)
etHub
Freedom and Justice for Telemt Amhara
Gasha Amhara (แŒ‹แˆป แŠ แˆ›แˆซ)
Genocide Prevention in Ethiopia (GPE)
Global Alliance for Justice โ€“ The Ethiopian Cause
Global Amhara Coalition (GAC)
Gonder Hibret for Ethiopian Unity
Hiber Radio (แˆ…แ‰ฅแˆญ แˆฌแ‹ฒแ‹ฎ)
Hope for Ethiopia (H4E)
Major Lemma Woldetsadik Memorial Foundation
Moresh Wegenie Amhara Organization (แˆžแˆจแˆฝ แ‹ˆแŒˆแŠ” แ‹จแ‹แˆ›แˆซ แ‹ตแˆญแŒ…แ‰ต)
Network of Ethiopian Scholars (NES)
Radio Yenesew Ethiopia
Selassie Stand Up,
Stop Amhara Genocide Global Movement (SAGGM)
Stop Amhara Genocide Global Movement โ€“ Task Forces (SAGGM-TF)
Stop Amhara Genocide (SAG)
The Ethiopian Broadcast Group
United Ethiopian Muslims Movement (UEMM)
Vision Ethiopia (VE)
Voice of the Victimโ€™s Organization (VVO โ€“ แˆแˆณแŠ แŒแ‰แ‹“แŠ•)
Welkait, Tegede, Telemt, Setit Humera Global Amhara Unity Association
Worldwide Ethiopian Civic Associations Network (WE-CAN)
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