European Parliament Demands Investigation Into Ethiopia Killings

Resolution Calls for Urgent UN Inquiry Into Protester Deaths and Detention

European Parliament resolution calling the setting up of Ethiopia Rapporteur
European Parliament resolution specifically calls on Federica Mogherini to “mobilise EU Member States” to urgently pursue the setting up of a UN Special Rapporteur to Ethiopia at the upcoming Human Rights Council session next month in Geneva.


Today, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for a United Nations-led independent investigation into the killing of protesters in Ethiopia. Between November 2015 and October 2016, Ethiopian security forces killed hundreds of protesters, and detained tens of thousands.

An overly restrictive state of emergency has been in place for the past seven months, and tens of thousands more people have been detained under it. Today’s resolution echoes a previous European Union parliamentary resolution, resolutions by other countries, and last month’s request by the UN’s top human rights chief for access to investigate the abuses.

Ethiopia’s government has always rejected outside scrutiny of its horrific rights record, insisting that it can investigate itself. Yet it has conspicuously failed to do so. Past investigations by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have not met basic standards of impartiality, including its June 2016 report into abuses during the protests’ first six months.

In April 2017, the EHRC acknowledged that 669 people were killed in an oral report to parliament, but found that security forces had used excessive force in just a few situations. This stands in stark contrast to what Human Rights Watch and other organizations have found, drawing on evidence that includes a wealth of video and photographic material.

The EHRC hasn’t publicly released a version of their findings, so it’s impossible to assess their methodology or learn how they reached their conclusions.

International experts having access to areas where protests occurred and to people still in detention are important first steps towards meaningful investigations. But there are other obstacles too, like victims and witnesses being too afraid to speak out about government abuses.

Thousands of Ethiopians have fled the country since the protests, seeking asylum in bordering countries. They too should be part of investigations into what happened, from locations where they may be more free to speak without fear.

Today’s resolution specifically calls on Federica Mogherini, the EU’s top diplomat, to “mobilise EU Member States” to urgently pursue the setting up of the UN-led international inquiry, and they can take the first step towards this at the upcoming Human Rights Council session next month in Geneva.

It’s hoped that implementing today’s timely resolution can help address the pervasive culture of impunity in Ethiopia.

The resolution also reiterates the EU’s recognition of the importance of justice to ensure Ethiopia’s long-term stability.

To the many victims of Ethiopia’s brutality, a UN-led inquiry could at least begin to answer pleas for justice that too often have gone unheard.

European Parliament Resolution

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18 thoughts on “European Parliament Demands Investigation Into Ethiopia Killings

  1. Lip service given to diaspora by these EU people will never amount to anything. Ethiopia is a lion and pride of Africa, no amount of pressure or outside interference can make us kneel, it hasn’t worked and it will never work. Especially, when we just got the okay for 5BN from world bank to finish all the needed projects. But my question for this site is, I know your leaders are willing to sit down soon but aren’t you an Eritrean site? Why so much interest in Ethiopians affair? Can we please get a divorce? It’s been 27 years now, lord.

    1. Balance, please do us a favour, extract your brain from your $h1t oll and come back and see us, please please

    2. Rest assured mr. Woyane beggar, going forward you will need your sleeping pills to surf “diaspora” web sites as well as creep Eritrean web sites.

      You and your elk are nothing but morally bankrupt dog-breath jackasses.

        1. Sir its your country that wants “dialogue”. Our goverment wants nothing to do with you. What dialogue follow the agreement and get out!! kalas!. You have the audacity to talk divorce LMAO the divorce happened in 1991 idiot lol., do you see where your mind state is you still think there is a marriage. SAD.

        2. These days sib- hate and Co is left with 15000 tigrians half cooked cyber fighters when all have left Tplf. Keep polluting and designating stupid stuff.

      1. Brother Halhal, a jackass in ethiop has it’s worth on its weight- one jackass can fetch up to $300 in hard currency. This one is the lips, ears and some unmentionable parts of the donkey. Hairless and toothless, useless not even a pig hoof. Let’s save our collective energy and enjoy our k’NeeYat NaTsnet! Happy holidays deki halal Meriet; love Eri! Yohana!!

    3. wedi tegray, Neh nas kab qedem àmentequm ina, wala dea etay lebequm nfeleta (tweyway), nay baàl ahmharan oromon dea gedede, zeytefeh hewi teweliù, yesterena iyu zebel..Nehnas kufuat gorebiet, wey agame iyom ilnas suq nebel. Fah ilukum mehrey aregawi, yetsebeko dea.

    4. The case against the criminal TPLF regime has been piling up as of late in all corners of the world. The regime will soon find itself in an international hall of shame when the world decides in May 22 on the fate of one of its less desirable candidate from leading the reputable WHO.

      As an Eritrean, our vote will go to the Pakistani (our ally since the independence struggle) and the only WOMEN candidate – Dr. Sania Nishtar‏.

      1. I am not shocked is shocked. Has her agency done its homework, in stated of relying on western diplomats and intelligence agencies, she could have easily learned about this, including asking her UNDP staff in Ethiopia. I hope some would follow up with her to see what she is going to do about it.

    5. Who came here Ayte Koshe? Who’s website it is??Trying to tell Eriterian what to do??KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKAyte.seniko/Ethio/sheger Addis/Balance/TPLF agent!! I think you have a medical condition in which your brain did not develop properly resulting in a smaller than normal head. Now I know you really have microcephaly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6. Absolutely right Balance…this’s just a lip service…so many warning, investigations we’ve heard by the EU/UN, US etc…and still the poor Ethiopian people are butchered by the Ethiopian government soldiers…shameful organizations.

  2. Ethiopia slams EU call to free opposition politicians

    Ethiopia rejected Friday a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of “all arbitrarily detained persons” including prominent opposition politician Merera Gudina.

    Although Thursday’s resolution commended Ethiopia’s role in regional stability, it opposed the detention of opposition political figures and handling of human rights in the country.

    “Though this resolution underlines the role of Ethiopia in stabilizing the region and the improvement of the economic situation of the population, it lacks some understanding of the situation in the country on topics such as the state of emergency, the human rights and the arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    Gudina was arrested on November 30, 2016 on the claim that while in Europe he met with the leaders of an Ethiopian organization dubbed by the government as a “terrorist” group.

    The statement said Gudina “exceeded the rights of political opposition by allegedly meeting with the leader of an Ethiopian armed group at the European Parliament”.

    By meeting with the leader of Ginbot 7 between Nov. 7 and 9, 2016, the opposition politician “…deliberately violated the state of emergency” that was imposed on October 9, 2016 for six months and later extended by four months, it added.

    The Foreign Ministry also responded to criticism of Ethiopia’s handling of human rights.

    “It can only be hoped that the European Parliament will find ways to positively support the Ethiopian Parliament and other Ethiopian government institutions,” it said.

    Ethiopia is under a Martial Law since last October after violent anti-government protests spiraled when an annual Oromo public festival at the central town of Bushoftu turned into a riot and caused the death of hundreds in a stampede that followed security forces firing tear gas and bullets into the air.

    In April, an Ethiopian Human Rights Commission released an investigation report saying that 669 people were killed in the anti-government demonstrations that began in November 2015 in the restive regions of Oromia and Amhara – the most populous regions in the country.

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