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EU Announces the Stopping of Emergency Fund to Ethiopian Government

No monies from the EU’s flagship Emergency Trust Fund (ETF) for Africa goes to the Ethiopian government or its agencies, the Commission stressed yesterday (6 September), as human rights groups say more than 400 people have been killed in clashes with the government. The ETF was set up last year, at the Valleta migration summit, in an attempt to mitigate the ‘pull’ factors behind uncontrolled migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, in the wake of the migration crisis. Ethiopia, with a stable and West-friendly government in the Horn of Africa, is one of the major recipients of the trust fund, which aims to improve life chances and livelihoods in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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However, the authoritarian government in Addis Ababa has long been the butt of accusations over its treatment of the Oromia people and their region – which surrounds the capital. Since November 2015 – when Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed the ETF – some 400 people have been killed by Ethiopian government security forces during protests, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

This week, the situation deteriorated further, with the deaths of at least 23 inmates in a fire at a prison believed to be holding detained protestors. Pictures showed smoke billowing from the jail, but the BBC cited local media reporting the sound of gunfire from the Qilinto prison. Pressed by EurActiv.com on whether the Commission had a view on the unrest in one of its key partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and whether the ETF contained a mechanism for either reviewing or even suspending payments through the Emergency Trust Fund, a spokesman was quick to point out that no monies were channelled directly through the government in Addis Ababa, or any government agencies. In an emailed statement later, it added, “As far as the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa is concerned, it is important to know that no funding are decentralised to, or channelled through, the beneficiary countries’ government structures.

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  1. Please contact the secretary general of EU and EU’s policy advisor on Human Rights to urge them to expedite the suspension of aid to Ethiopia’s criminal junta regime.

    Secretary General Vula Tsetsi
    Brussels +32-2-2842117
    Strasbourg +33-3-88175879
    paraskevi.tsetsi@ep.europa.eu

    Advisor on Human Rights Raphaël Fišera
    Brussels +32-2-2841668
    Strasbourg +33-3-88174321
    raphael.fisera@ep.europa.eu

    Please click on the link below for the complete list of EU policy advisors contact informations

    http://www.greens-efa.eu/staff/33-all-staff/policy-advisors-4.html

    Excessive or not use of force to stay in power by tyrant is a crime . Supporting tyrants with money is a crime too. EUROPEAN UNION is considering suspending supporting the tyrants due to the repeated pressure from Ethiopian diasporas in Belgium. The European Parliament’s political groups have agreed to send a letter to the Council asking for a suspension of EU development aid (excluding humanitarian funds) to Ethiopia in response to the country’s ongoing failure to respect human rights.

    This measure is foreseen under article 96 of the Cotonou agreement, which is an essential element of EU cooperation with Ethiopia. Speaking at a joint press conference yesterday, Margrete Auken, Danish MEP for the Socialistisk Folkeparti and member of the EU’s election observation mission to Ethiopia, said:

    “The May election mobilised more than 90% of the Ethiopian population who, in voting, demonstrated their faith in democracy. But the problems started just after information on the poor result of the ruling party at the polls began to emerge. This provoked a massive crackdown by the authorities in an attempt to turn the situation around and keep power at any cost. In November, the government arrested the entire leadership and the elected members of the main opposition CUD party. Peaceful demonstrators were shot in the street of Addis Ababa, and other major cities. The government security forces are conducting house-to-house searches and arresting thousands of people suspected of sympathising with the opposition. Journalists from the independent press, leaders of civil society organisations and human rights activists are also being arrested. In addition, hundreds have gone in hiding.”

    “The scale of the repression is beyond imagination. I heard poignant stories of atrocities; a wife of an elected member of the Addis Ababa city administration who was shot dead for crying when her husband was brutally arrested is just only one example among many. How can the EU leaders tolerate such blatant violation of basic human rights?”

    Raül Romeva, member of the Parliament’s human rights committee, added: “It is disgraceful that member states have so far failed to publicly condemn the atrocities in Ethiopia. Instead of isolating the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Europe’s leaders are sending counter productive messages. Tony Blair invited him to Gleneagles in July and the German President invited him to Bonn last week, for example. This is tantamount to offering him impunity.”

    “EU taxpayer’s money should not be used to support repression in Ethiopia. I believe that an international committee of inquiry should be set up to investigate the ongoing atrocities and bring to justice those responsible for these crimes.”

    • laughable: we have now identified you mafias. We rather expose your stupidity. You shabia or Egypt sale outs who try to destroy our country and people for just the sake of little money you receive. You are aimless people and most of you are addicts-we know you. We will fight you to the blood now. Now you will say-this is TPLF. I do not know anything about them but they are better than you-who write out of hoplesness and frustration of diaspora life.

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