October 24, 2016
As has been stated again and again, the instability in Ethiopia will affect not only the 100 million people of Ethiopia but also the entire East Africa region and the international community.
Just see what is happening now, repression and instability in Ethiopia is at its highest in 25 years. The Ethiopian people are indiscriminately being detained; tortured killed etc. with the introduction of the state of emergency, the situation is getting worst by the day. All of this will have push effect and will generate more refugees. If things are not addressed immediately one can expect to see increased level of refugees to begin arriving in the neighboring countries and in Europe etc in the next few months.
As the ruling TPLF/EPRDF’s security forces becomes too stretched in its attempt to suppress peaceful protest in the country, it is now forced to pull out of Somalia and Allshebab is using this opportunity to attack and expand its control within Somalia.
The same could also happen in Southern Sudan. There is no question that the TPLF lead government will also be forced to withdraw from other peace keeping missions as the resistance in Ethiopia continues and the government attempts to suppress the protest by force.
Therefore, it is in the best interest of the international community to find a peaceful resolution to the Ethiopian crisis without delay.
Clearly, the protest in Ethiopia shows that return to the statuquo is no more an option. Ethiopians need their full rights to be respected, their dignity fully restored and all of the repression lifted from their shoulder. They want a government that respects them, that protects them not one that kills and terrorize them.
The government should be pressured to release political prisoners immediately, lift the state of emergency, stop further violation of rights throughout the country and engage the opposition and all stake holders in the search for lasting solutions. In our opinion, this is the only thing that could help create peace and stability in Ethiopia.
The international community should pressure the government to do the above immediately. Silence and non action introduces more complexity. Such is not in the best interest of Ethiopians , the region and the international community.