August 07,2021 (ENA) The assertion issued by the UN Particular Rapporteur concerning the state of affairs of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia is stuffed with fabrications, misrepresentation, and ill-informed of info and knowledge that put the rapporteur’s impartiality and credibility into query, the Company for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) stated.
In a press release it launched as we speak ARRA expressed its remorse that the assertion issued by the UN Fee on Human Rights on 6 August 2021, primarily based on the hunches of its rapporteur, Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker of Sudan on the state of affairs of Eritrean refugees in Tigray, undermines Ethiopia’s centuries-old safety of refugees and doesn’t keep in mind the info on the bottom.
Calling for officers holding humanitarian posts to behave impartially, the assertion stated “nonetheless, if this isn’t the case, the Authorities of Ethiopia could be compelled to evaluate the explanations for impartiality and take measures accordingly.”
The Full Assertion Follows
A Response to the Assertion by the “UN Particular Rapporteur on the State of affairs of Human Rights in Eritrea” Relating to the State of affairs of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia
07 August 2021
We want to categorical our remorse that the assertion issued by the UN Fee on Human Rights (dated 6 August 2021), primarily based on the hunches of its rapporteur, Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker (Sudan) on the state of affairs of Eritrean refugees in Tigray, undermines Ethiopia’s centuries-old safety of refugees and doesn’t keep in mind the info on the bottom.
We discover the assertion filled with fabrications, misrepresentation, and ill-informed of info and knowledge, which places the rapporteur’s impartiality and credibility into query. To start with, the assertion tries to attract a comparability between TPLF, a terrorist enterprise, and the federal government of Ethiopia and the individuals of a rustic that protects refugees for ages by calling them “all combatants”.
Then, it blatantly and intentionally tries to guard the terrorist enterprise by stating “by forces affiliated with [TPLF]”, whereas instantly and falsely incriminating the federal government of Ethiopia by undermining all efforts exerted to rescue the refugees by relocating them to a protected location and granting assisted city refugee standing. It has even the audacity to say that Eritrean refugees are being “focused and victimized by each side for his or her perceived collaboration with the opposite facet within the battle.” How a authorities who has a confirmed observe document of internet hosting and defending refugees for hundreds of years, and is at the moment granting the precise to dwell in its capital metropolis might be labeled in such a fashion is past consideration. It’s merely an insidious and baseless lie.
Whereas the TPLF and its associates have been attacking the 2 refugee camps, it was the EDF that helped ARRA to find and transport the scattered refugees.
Of the 19,200 refugees from Hitsats and Shimelba, the Ethiopian authorities has relocated greater than 9,000 to Mai-Aini and Adi-Harush and 69 to Berahle, 79 refugees are ready relocation to Berahle, registered greater than 5,300 refugees in Addis Ababa, and each ARRA and UNHCR have credible knowledge that present the overall inhabitants of Eritrean refugees who fled the 2 camps and reside within the metropolis is greater than 9,000.
We have now made 91 hectares of land accessible to grow to be a brand new camp and have made repeated requires assist in rescuing the refugees. The federal government has additionally graciously determined to provide out-of-camp standing to those that are already within the metropolis and in three days greater than 800 are re-registered.
Moreover, the assertion systematically neglects the truth that TPLF launches contemporary assaults on refugee internet hosting areas and places their lives in danger with reported abductions, killings, looting, and deployment of heavy artilleries contained in the camp, and blocks refugees from transferring out of hazard which is tantamount to hostage state of affairs. To make the captioned challenge straight, this reality has already been expressed by the Authorities of the USA and the UNHCR, along with the Ethiopian authorities.
Because the Ethiopian Authorities’s unilateral ceasefire which is geared toward enabling humanitarian help continues to be hampered by the TPLF’s provocations, we’ve a purpose to imagine that such a press release is a craft to decrease the efforts of the federal government. We name for officers holding humanitarian posts to behave impartially. Nevertheless, if this isn’t the case, the federal government of Ethiopia could be compelled to evaluate the explanations for impartiality and take measures accordingly.
Reaffirming our dedication to the safety of refugees, we request the UN Human Rights Fee to right the biased and partial opinions of its rapporteur. We additionally name the fee and different worldwide humanitarian organizations to assist our efforts of rescuing the refugees from the approaching hazard they’re in and help our efforts of investigating the problem.