Resistbot Petition: ACT NOW: Ethiopia ICHREE Extension for Human Rights

An open letter to the U.S. Congress

ACT NOW: Ethiopia ICHREE Extension for Human Rights

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I urgently appeal to your authority to address Ethiopia's Tigray region's dire human rights crisis and seek immediate action to halt ongoing violations endangering innocent lives. Recent credible reports, including those from Human Rights Watch, reveal alarming human rights abuses that have escalated despite the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA). The Ethiopian government's failure to protect civilians, as outlined in the CoHA, has led to indiscriminate violence disproportionately impacting Tigrayans. The atrocities include murder, rape, detentions, and forced displacement. Eritrean troops and Amhara militia continue perpetrating atrocities, causing immense civilian suffering. Essential aid delivery to Tigray is severely hindered due to blockades and road restrictions, compounded by aid suspensions from entities like the World Food Programme and USAID. To uphold human rights as a top priority, I urge your support in extending the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE). ICHREE is an impartial group that plays a crucial role in documenting wrongdoings to ensure accountability. By advocating for extending ICHREE's mandate, the U.S. can promote human rights, strengthen the rule of law, and pursue accountability for violations. These challenges expose a pervasive pattern of abuse. To address this crisis: 1) Extend ICHREE Mandate: Advocate for extending ICHREE's mandate and securing continued funding for UN-led bodies investigating human rights abuses in Tigray, both within Ethiopia and abroad. Your engagement can support diplomatic negotiations for sustained financing, global cooperation for thorough investigations, and unbiased cross-border partnerships 2) Enhance Civilian Protection: Utilize diplomatic channels to pressure Ethiopia, urging the prevention of further human rights violations by Eritrean and Amhara forces in Tigray. Stress the importance of civilian safety as per the CoHA. Leverage your influence to promote the withdrawal of foreign powers, international collaboration, capacity-building, humanitarian aid, and independent human rights monitoring. 3) Support Humanitarian Assistance: Support Humanitarian Assistance: Lead efforts to ensure unhindered aid access in Tigray, prioritizing the well-being of affected populations. Employ diplomatic negotiations to alleviate blockades, foster international partnerships for aid distribution, and endorse the involvement of local humanitarian organizations in addressing immediate needs. I implore your involvement in diplomatic endeavors to secure international organizations with vital access and funding for independent, thorough investigation and documentation of ongoing violations. Your dedication to advocating unrestricted access can enhance transparency, uphold accountability, and substantially contribute to the unwavering pursuit of justice.

▶ Created on August 19, 2023 by @TigrayWeeklyCTA

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