Ethiopia: Universal Database to record the atrocities committed by TPLF and its allies on Ethiopians. (by Muluken Gebeyew)

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For the last 26 years and more, TPLF and its allies have committed numerous inhuman atrocities on Ethiopians which at times appear unbelievable to be committed by fellow human beings. These atrocities includes killing, torture, imprisonment, displacement, dispossessions, forced evacuation, forced unemployment, ethnic cleansing, abuse ( physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, financial) etc.

The verbal and written testimony from those who suffered such atrocities is so troubling and disturbing to any human being. People who commit these crimes are alive, on power and continued such act in exponential rate.

There was some attempt to record such acts by certain organisations and people which appeared to be not sufficient enough to include most atrocities for future reference and to bring those who committed these crimes to be accountable when the right time comes. Efforts by former Ethiopian Human Right Commission (led by Prof Mesfin Woldemariam) and some recoding in book like by young man Muluken Tesfahun on his latest books on the atrocities committed on Amhara people are such to count.


We are now in era where information is easily disseminated, recorded and can be digitally stored. We have noticed a lot of reporting on social medias in recent years the atrocities committed in Ethiopians. We need systematic and easily available records.

Simon Wisenthal was famous a Jewish Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer. Wiesenthal dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminal so that they can be brought to trial. In 1947, he co founded Jewish Historical Documentation centre in Linz, Austria where he and others gathered information for future war criminal. He opened Jewish Documentation centre un Vienna in 1961 and continue to try to locate missing war criminals. His work tracked and put many Nazi’s to trial for their atrocities they committed on Jewish people.

We/ Ethiopians need an organised, systematic, easily available, data base where any Ethiopian from any part of the world can put data on the atrocities they experienced or witnessed or informed. These will serve us evidence in systematic way for future accountability /trial and anyone can see what is going on in Ethiopia under TPLF’s Iron fist. These criminals can not escape the justice wherever they go or hide and they will know their criminal act are not forgotten but recorded and one day it will be used against them.

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I call up on Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopians who have the IT and Law knowledge &skill to establish such web site as database. Such website that can be easily available from anywhere the world where Ethiopians can put the data of atrocities committed, by whom, names, dates/time, crimes type, impact, any documents/audiovisual and relevant information can be easily recorded and saved. Thanks to technology we don’t need to run from one part of the world to other part of the world like Simon Wiesenthal to record such events.

It may seem simplistic idea of fighting TPLF but it is very important and necessary to bring TPLF members to face court when time is due. It will be crimepedia on atrocities committed on Ethiopians.

(Part II will continue following response from Ethiopians).


  1. This is a great idea to crate a database for complete human right abuses in Ethiopia during tplf horror. Geneocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, war crimes and high treason.

    This must be assisted and supported by all Ethiopians.

  2. Such a website – database won’t last long simply because anybody can post anything about somebody. Without some kind of screeing the information coming in which will be a full time, tough work requiring a lot of resources and somebody taking responsibility for the postings, it will be hard to keep the website – database even if it is created.

    More than anything else, the legal consequence for whoever runs it will be enormous. IT experts might tell you the website – database can be anonymous and people who post information protected; but that is doubtful given the technology available to detect and criminalize such practices.

    I fell there is no shortage of information and proof of criminality if there is real interest to move the justice machinery in any country other than Ethiopia. There are many Ethiopian lawyers in the diaspora who can initiate a legal process wherever they are, but they are lousy lwyers who are not ready to handle serious cases.

    Take AL Mariam for exaple. The guy writes an article practically every week for the last twenty or so years which I doubt anybody reads. He has done nothing practical in his area of expertise. Now he appears more of old professor who’s fighting ALZ by keeping his brain busy thinking. The thing is there is nothing new in what he writes and his brain is not sharpeneing. He has written everything there is to write. Tell him to “Walk the walk.” The same goes to other lawyers in the diaspora.

    After all, what’s the purpose of collecting evidence if it cannot be used? Tomorrow is historyand few people learn from history. The judicial pain should be inflicted now so that others learn tat life without impunity is not possible.

    Creating a website – database is another lame excuse.

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