An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Tigray Crisis: H. Res. 445 support and amendment suggestions

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I am writing to you as  your constituent to first of all thank you for your concern and contribution to the bi-partisan efforts to address the ongoing crisis in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, including House Resolution 445 currently up before the House. As indicated in the resolution, gross  violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws continue unabated. There is now new documentation of atrocities including  systematic and widespread sexual and gender based violence, targeting of humanitarian workers and abductions of internally displaced peoples. In addition, the targeting of infrastructures has left the region’s health care, educational, and agricultural system completely dismantled. In May 2021, Human Rights Watch reported occupation of civilian facilities & subsequent destruction by invading forces. Images of destruction included in the report and several other reports such as by Doctors Without Borders show Amharic language graffiti left on walls threatening  to wipe out Tigrayans. CNN has also reported that health workers and victims which had shared their experiences with their team were later targeted and threatened. These actions are not isolated events but happening systematically under the directive of the military leadership. With all this in mind Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, has noted “the time for action from the international community is now” and this is a message that the House needs to affirm. I would therefore would like to urge you to please: 1. Call on the Secretary of State to ask the United Nations Security Council to invoke resolution 2417 (2018) that mandates the protection of civilians in armed conflict 2. Push for the inclusion of Global Magnitsky measures in H.Res. 445 as proposed by the Honourables Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Congressman Michael T. McCaul in their letter sent to His Excellency Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on 30 March 2021. 3. Include in H.Res. 445 calls for the Secretary of State to take further actions, such as economic, diplomatic and financial sanctions, on the military leadership of Ethiopia and Eritrea including the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali and President Isaias Afeworki, especially for starvation crimes. 4. Include in H.Res. 445 calls for the immediate release of the thousands of Tigrayans members of the Ethiopian security forces, including those that had been serving in international peacekeeping missions, who have been rounded up and illegally detained in internment camps, that are under house arrest and who have been disappeared since the war started include calls for an investigation into the chemical attacks on Tigrayan civilians that have been documented by international journalists. It is my hope that you will utilize these main points to revise the current U.S resolution on Tigray. If you would like the evidence to provide reasoning for the points above, I would be happy to provide it.

First sent on June 3 by Human Right Defenders · 7 signers in the past 24 hours

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