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UN Security Council may deliberate on HR issues in peace & security issues; TPLF wallows in self-serving opposition!

21 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
As the Security Council’s newly-minted member in January 2017, my country Ethiopia – through Ambassador Tekeda Alemu – was found last Wednesday lining up with the few opponents of the Council’s consideration of Human Rights and the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

Certainly, the world cannot miss why the murderous TPLF regime in Ethiopia is fallaciously opposed to such timely and important thematic undertaking by the Security Council, i.e., to integrate human rights into its work on international peace and security. Striking, however, is the intriguing coincidence, if at all, of the discussions on the inter-related issues taking place on the same day in both Addis Abeba and New York.
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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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Could democratic Italy ever take side with fascistic TPLF against the Ethiopian people?

11 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
We learned early this week about the visit to Ethiopia of the newly-appointed Italian Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Luciano Pezzotti. The visiting Horn point man for Italy had been in Addis Abeba for days since December 8, 2016, consulting with officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime.

Italy has had historical ties and strong bilateral relations with Horn of Africa nations, especially Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It is possible to assume that his mission to Ethiopia at this point is an Italian initiative, linked to Italy’s status as an incoming newest member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) beginning January 1, 2017 – like Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia: Human Rights Leadership at the UN Security Council Requires Human Rights at Home

28 Jul

Editor’s Note:

If, on the recommendation of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations General Assembly, Burundi under the balky Pierre Nkurunziza who broke the laws in the constitution of that country, seized power and began killing his people to remain president, was selected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 15, 2015, all the same Ethiopia under the murderous TPLF regime becoming a member of the United Nations Security Council is no longer anything unusual.

In common both are clienteles of the United States because of their anti-terrorism role they take in Somalia, fighting the equally murderous Al-Shabab. Therefore, it has been a while since the whole rationale behind international diplomacy has been denoting irrelevance of the system of international cooperation and international collaboration in many respects, wherein the United Nations no longer is the august assembly of Nations with moral and legal authority it once was presumed it would be.

Read what Ethiopia’s retired army chief of staff wrote recently: Ethiopia already is on fire. The solution is expedited reform or implosion. Ethiopians have begun resisting the criminal Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) misgovernance of the country and its murderous escapades in Oromia & Amhara, among others, at this very moment as you read this. Unarmed youth protestors are being shot in the streets and parents protecting their children are also massacred along with their children on a daily basis!

In spite of this, we have heard a leader of the Western world telling us the “Government of Ethiopia is democratically elected“; and billionaires in the likes of Bill Gates reminding us days ago how sovereign the TPLF regime is. They should have openly told us that the TPLF regime’s duty is to protect their interests, not our people and that of our nation’s!

Why then lecture the international community endlessly about the situation of human rights in North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Russia, or Venezuela, etc?

Where is our world and human civilization headed?


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Adotei Akwei and Nicole Southard
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UN Eritrea Commission of Inquiry seeks Security Council to refer Asmara to ICC Prosecutor

8 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Report is circulating about possibility of the United Nations Security Council at some point referring Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mike Smith, Chairman of the three-member Eritrea Inquiry Commission Wednesday briefed the media that his Commission “has concluded that Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity.”
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Deny murderous & repressive TPLF regime seat at UN Security Council!

5 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A little over twenty days from now, the United Nations General Assembly at its resumed 70th session is scheduled to elect five states members to serve on the Security Council a two year term as non-permanent members. Beginning January 1, 2017, the elected five states would join the other 10 in the Council to preside over the question of international peace and security and the dangers of war wherever, in accordance with the United Nations Charter.
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TPLF regime eyes UN Security Council seat edging silent Kenya, while Seychelles is said to have ‘voluntarily relinquished’, a claim intriguing UN observers

8 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

I. Security Council seat, a lotto or blackmail?

The dawn of 2016 – more precisely the mid-afternoon of the New Year day – was not as smooth and easy for me like its start under Helsinki’s sunny morning with temperature -4 celsius. This change of mood got me after I read an unpleasant news from Addis Abeba on the ruling party’s media. If indeed the scenario, as reported by the nation’s foreign minister is true and correct, the TPLF has managed to seize the opportunity to make Ethiopia sole candidate for seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the 2017-2018 term in a mysterious horse trading with two other East African candidate nations.
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