By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
The caption under this picture on Sunday’s Tigrai Online reads:
“There is no question of identity in Wolkayit, Tsegede, and Tselemti but, there is a serious question of security. It should be crystal clear to all, the people of Tigrai are more than capable of defending themselves militarily if the federal government fail to do so.”
How could a regime that does not respect the fundamental human rights of its people become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council? Does it mean that any country that has allied itself to the powers can freely flout the rights the very powers are preaching to Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela that they now deny Ethiopians with their collaboration and bankrolling of the most corrupt and fascistic regime on the planet?
As we keep on reminding one and all, today in Ethiopia civil society and the state are at an intensified conflict and contempt by the people. This has begun to undermine the very interests the big and middle Western nations of the world claim to have in the Horn of Africa, including the much-needed fight against extremism and international terrorism.
Where is Ethiopia headed?
Ethiopia has increasingly become unstable and unable to fully pacify its long festering internal problems and shoulder its own. Signs of these have become visible, especially following:
* The corrupt election of May 2015, wherein the regime bagged 100 percent of the parliamentary seats
* The deep-rooted corruption, maladministration in the nation, about which of late the regime has begun to be concerned about; it has become good alibi for its political crisis
* The popular protests and conflicts in Gamebela, Gondar, Oromia, Konso and South Omo Valley, among others, and youth restlessness that has come on the back of alienation and hopelessness throughout the nation is an outcome of the nepotistic ethnic policies, ecouraging the people to want to see the back of the brutal and fascistic TPLF regime.
One of the consequences of these is that, by his first ever admission, the man in the office of the Ethiopia’s prime minister now says the economy is sputtering and that it might not be able ‘to grow as in the past and address the needs of citizens on an equal basis’. What a pretension! It is sort of: “ጅብ በማያውቁት ሃገር ቁርበት አንጥፉልኝ ይላል” እንዳሉት ዐይነት ነገር ነው!
Therefore, the man fronting as TPLF’s prime minister had no choice but to admit, but in a strange and convoluted message on the foreign ministry’s page. He said, “We will have a fast economic growth that will continue but there will be a slowdown from our estimate.”
In terms of numbers, he had to partially swallow the shameful exposure of false pride built on a ponzi scheme, in spelling it out backwards all the same affirming: “When we say fast economic growth, it means that it should be above 7% of annual GDP.”
For all the years Ethiopians began to hear about double-digit growths, the most skeptical has been the IMF. Who to know this better than the Fund staff? After all, under Article IV of the Articles of Agreement between the IMF and the states members, they are all obliged – big and small –to open their books to the last details to the Fund’s staff to enable them satisfy their needs for ensuring the health of the global economy through international surveillance.
Recall that already in the summer of 2015, the IMF cut down its Ethiopia growth estimate to 8 percent. Similarly, before that in 2010, the IMF held its ground and asserted that the country’s growth would not exceed 7 percent.
Wouldn’t allowing TPLF to lead Ethiopia into Security Council membership be the same as honouring murderers?
As I stated in several articles since January 1, 2016, the United Nations Charter places obligations and clear requirements on member states seeking a non-permanent seat in the Security Council.
The Council’s primary responsibility is, according to Article 24 (1) of the Charter, “the maintenance of international peace and security.” It is clear from this that any state that seeks to prevail by fostering internal dissension, based on religion and ethnicity, is in violation of this primary Charter principle, as has so repeatedly done the TPLF and is responsible for so many lives lost in these past 25 years it has been in power.
Note that, as the above threat against the Wolkaite recorded by Tigrai Online shows, the TPLF is heavily reliant on state violence as the ultimate solution to all its social, economic and political problems; these now is forcing the nation to the brink of total instability and eventual conflagration.
The Charter in its Preamble, does give succinct and brilliantly summed up four areas of action for member states, which over the years have been translated programmatically and institutionally. They have also been applied over the years by those nations that carefully chose that request UNSC membership. Those important criteria are:
* “To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
* To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
* To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
* To promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
In concrete terms, these four areas of activities can be aggregated into:
(a) Peace and security;
(b) Human rights;
(c) The rule of law; and
In sum, these being the primary missions of the United Nations and in the interest of all member states, the expectation is that they should always be given a mental note. And thus, when a state member such as Ethiopia, which heavily relies on the agency of state violence, requests the support of other member states especially for membership in the United Nations Security Council, it is important those criteria are applied in self-interest.
For all we know, Ethiopia under the TPLF has violated the human rights of its people; it has never been held accountable for disturbing the peace and security of helpless people. And yet the fact remains that, without local peace, regional and international peace are unthinkable.
Further, by all indications, including international indices, there is no rule of law in Ethiopia. It is wish of the corrupt TPLF that is running Ethiopia.
The latest to confirm this is the analysis and data by the World Justice Project, which emplaced TPLF’s Ethiopia at the ranking of 98th, out of 102 nations.
A deceitful and violent state first and foremost is a victim of its own mischiefs at home, as we have learned from the lessons of history!
That is why we say, accommodating criminality of such a state is tantamount to encouraging the international system to fail voiceless people around the world. In turn, this unmistakably is an abnegation of responsibility by all those around the world that should know better!
It should not be lost on anyone that allowing Ethiopia to get away with its deceits and crimes has only encouraged those in power to stick to unearned privileges and tormenting of others through violence and vote rigging!
Early this month, TPLF abandoning its sabre-rattling against Eritrea, the TPLF prime minister told parliament that Ethiopia’s response to Eritrea’s provocations would be international legality.
What has held him back from coming to his realization that there exists international justice where and when national law fails citizens – they and the African Union have been fiercely fighting? Latest examples are very encouraging, as the cases of former Ivory Coast’s President Laurent Gbagbo for five years still with the ICC show, or as the 40-year sentence against war criminal Radovan Karadzic, former President of Republic Srpska, has amply demonstrated!