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Why Ethiopia’s Security Council membership is detrimental to human rights & int’l peace & security Part I

24 Dec

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation  to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)


 
By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
The inspiration for this commentary comes from Ethiopia’s current preparations to assume for the third time its seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from January 1, 2017 for two-year term. As one of the 15 members of the Security Council and a full participant in its work, Ethiopia is also required to represent the interests of the peoples and governments of Africa.

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin's signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin’s signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

For a founding member of the Organization that signed the Charter on June 26, 1945, along with two other African nations – Egypt and Liberia – to my mind, this third term is either a reflection of our nation’s inadequacies, or a record of its poor performance within the 71-year old United Nations, or perhaps an issue that requires resolution within itself.
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