Ethiopia at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: the Human Rights Experts Group on Ethiopia is set to end

During the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ambassador Tsegab Kebebew, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia has refuted the report presented by the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE).

Dr Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, delivered on behalf of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) a statement at the 54th Human Rights Council urging States to renew their commitment to human rights-based action and fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On the 20th of September 2023, the Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Geneva organized a side event on ‘Public Consultations on Options for, and the Process of Designing a Transitional Justice Policy for Ethiopia’ .

The public session was moderated by H.E. Ambassador Minelik Alemu Getahun, Special Policy Advisor of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in the presence of Mr. Yesuf Jemaw, Director of International Cooperation on Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia and Dr. Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik, Chair of the Transitional Justice Working Group of Experts.

Ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 54th regular session, Human Rights Watch and other civil society organizations called to renew the mandate of the ICHREE . The CAP Liberté de conscience delivered a speech expressing its deep concerns about the escalating crisis and human rights violations that are devastating the Amhara region in Ethiopia.

On the 3rd of October 2023, the Media Adviser for the Human Rights Council’s Investigative Missions issued an alarming Press Release warning of the risk of future atrocity crimes in Ethiopia requiring ongoing international scrutiny and investigation. There was a organized lobbying to table a resolution to renew the mandate of ICHREE, a committee that was formed with political motivations on wrong premises in the first place.

On the 4th of October, the deadline for passing a resolution has passed and the United Nations probe into Ethiopian Human Rights for political motives has ended after futile attempts to pressure a member state with disregard to its judicial sovereignty. No member state has asked for the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE) to continue, therefore the UN-backed probe on Ethiopia is set to end.

It is to be recalled that, on the 22 September 2022, H.E. Ambassador Zenebe Kebede, the then Permanent Representative of Ethiopia had objected to the establishment of the Commission affirming that Ethiopia has been the subject of an unfair and biased scrutiny driven by a politically motivated and slanted narrative.

In March 2023 and June 2022, Ethiopian Advocacy Organizations world wide had sent a letter to the President of the Human Rights Council and Member States of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling for the dissolution of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE). They also organized a digital campaign to widen the reach of their letter targeting all Permanent Missions at the United Nations and their foreign ministries .

On the 11th of October 2023, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu released a press statement alarming at the heightened risk of genocide and related atrocity crimes in Ethiopia, following reports of continued fighting between government troops and local militias in the Tigray, Amhara, Afar and Oromia regions. The Government of Ethiopia responded on the same day that it regrets that the UN Undersecretary General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide released an irresponsible and reckless statement on the situation in Ethiopia, which was also relayed through the Ethiopian News Agency underlining Ethiopia’s Commitment to Consolidating a Lasting Peace

On the 13 of October 2023, the last day of the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the ending International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia Laetitia Bader released its report entitled ‘Comprehensive investigative findings and legal determinations’ as twitted by Laetitia Bader, Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

The Ethiopian News Agency