October 4 letter to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner regarding the Ireecha Massacre

6 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

For backgrounder, please read Death toll from Ireecha Massacre at Bishoftu reaches 678; likely to rise further

Inquiry to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    “I am writing to inquire if High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has pronounced himself about last Sunday’s tragic massacre of an estimated 700 people at a religious festival in Ethiopia. If not, is there any indication or time table for a possible event on this latest attempt at genocide at Bishoftu, otherwise known as the Ireecha Massacre? Or if the high commissioner’s office is planning to undertake any continuing effort with the TPLF regime?

    We recall that on September 13, 2016 the high commissioner had alerted the Human Rights Council of the United Nations deep concern in Ethiopia [about] “children, as well as by worrying restrictions on civil society, the media and opposition”, reminding the Council of the request he has made an independent international investigation to be carried out about the killings in Oromia since November 2015 and subsequently in Amhara region. Is the UN to fold its arms and remain quiet, when genocide follows further acts of impunity and TPLF’s impunity and killings, as happened at Bishoftu?

    I hope not!

    For us, Ethiopians of varying ethnic origins who are very familiar with TPLF’s criminality, Ireecha 2016 represents a sure attempt to wipe out as many members of Oromos, during their number one and the usually well-attended festival, attracting up to over 2.5 million people.

    The Oromo – the largest ethnic group in the country – has been the usual target of the TPLF ethnic minority regime in the last 25 years. In a study that took some years, titled Because I am an Oromo, Amnesty International broke the hidden story in 2014 that Oromos constitute the largest prison population in Ethiopia, subject to constant tortures and killings, and also the majority refugees.

    Let there be no mistake, therefore, Ireecha 2016 – a religious festival, is once again converted into another TPLF experiment in genocide, notwithstanding the Front’s habitual denials and manipulation of the foreign media – some journalists rendered malleable and others for they are frightened of expulsion if they wrote anything the regime does not like.

    Probably the best parallel in history to Sunday’s Ireecha Massacre is the 13 April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in British India. It is also known as the Amritsar Massacre in Indian history. On that date, in a brief moment the British army killed 379 celebrants at the Jallianwala Bagh city park, among the tens of thousands assembled to celebrate their religious festival.

    The timing is very important. It was a moment of instability in India, as Indians had begun some form of resistance against British oppression, all forms of taxes and the mistreatments.

    Thus, as did the TPLF last Sunday, the colonial army also bade its moment when a crowd of nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh city park in Amritsar, Punjab, and indiscriminately fired upon the people.

    The silver lining of this colonial cruelty in Indian history is its galvanisation of the shift in Indian demand from home rule to full independence of India. Such as the power of the massacre, compelled Mohandas Gandhi to return to India and help organize the essential mass civil disobedience against British occupation of India.

    The lessons of the Jallianwahla Bagh massacre for Ethiopians is very potent. Indians and Gandhi did not want any violence. Nor do Ethiopians. In fact, all along Ethiopians have known and wanted peaceful co-existence, until the dogs of power in the TPLF clearly showed they are determined that they have a different agenda.

    To put it in simpler terms, all that Ethiopians need is a properly defined and instituted rule of law, guarantying the claws of the state are properly clipped to enable citizens establish trust in the nation’s governance institutions and laws to defend their rights, instead of the present kingdom of the ethnic mafiosi.

    Such rule of law is only possible in Ethiopia without the criminal and deceitful TPLF murders in the picture.

    After a lot of crying and dying, Ethiopians do not want anything less than what was been done by the civilized nations after six years of the Second Wold War, including the Scandinavian countries, to sanctify their societies from the evil and onslaughts the Nazis killing machine and its internal collaborators had brought on their nations.

    By so doing and championing human rights, the West took its moral ascendency wisely administering severe penalty and justice to a world that has lost more than words could express!

    Ethiopians are compelled by what they have witnessed and endured in a quarter century under the corrupt TPLF to demand the same justice in the interest of peace and stability.

    Best regards,

    Keffyalew Gebremedhin”



      His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon
      Secretary-General of the United Nations

      His Excellency Ambassador V. Churkin
      Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation,
      President of the Security Council


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