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MEPs address Somalia crisis

Strasbourg 26.11.2021 The European parliament expresses its grave concern at the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Somalia. MEPs condemn all violations and abuses of human rights and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, humanitarian workers, journalists, election officials and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) by terrorist groups, notably Al-Shabaab.

The resolution recalls that lasting stability and peace in Somalia can only be achieved through social inclusion and good governance. It calls, therefore, on the country’s leaders to step up efforts to complete the country’s electoral process and finish holding inclusive and credible elections for the Lower House of Parliament before the end of this year. The longer the election process is delayed, the more resources will be diverted away from important national priorities, such as responding to the humanitarian emergencies, MEPs point out.

Somalia is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, with an estimated 5.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and over 2.7 million facing emergency levels of food insecurity across the country, MEPs note. They call on the EU, its member states and international partners to urgently increase humanitarian assistance and provide additional assistance to the country’s COVID-19 response, in particular through vaccine sharing and the provision of essential medical supplies.

The text was adopted by 625 votes in favour, 6 against and 55 abstentions.

UN: Borrell encounters Mali diplomat

Brussels 26.09.2021 The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met Thursday, Septembre 23, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transitional Government of Mali Abdoulaye Diop in New-York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

During this exchange, the EU top diplomat relayed the serious concerns of the European Union in the face of the continued deterioration of the political, social, humanitarian and security context in Mali.

Borrell reaffirmed the European Union’s full support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and in particular to his press release of September 16, which insists on respect for 18 months of the Transition and the organisation of the elections in February 2022. A shift would only worsen the crisis of confidence between the institutions and the population. The need to move forward on some key reforms was also discussed.

The European diplomat also made it clear that a possible intervention by the paramilitary company Wagner in Mali, whose proven abuses in other countries are no longer to be demonstrated, would have immediate consequences on cooperation between the European Union and the Transitional Government.

As an important partner of Mali, alongside its partners in the G5 Sahel and the Coalition for the Sahel, the European Union will remain committed, but it also owes itself to a language of truth when the situation requires it.

Ethiopia: EU reacts upon atrocities reports

Brussels, 13.11.2020 The European Union diplomacy has been “extremely vocal” about the events in Ethiopia, Tigray region, the spokesperson said, while reacting upon the Amnesty International reports on hostilities there. The EU diplomacy have been following the situation closely, and both the High Representative Josep Borrell, and Janez Lenarčič, the Commissioner on Crisis management, have expressed deep concern about the situation there, she added.

Ethnically targeted measures, hate speech and allegations of atrocities occurring in Ethiopia are deeply worrying. The demonisation of ethnic groups is a vicious and lethal cycle from which Ethiopia must be spared” the statement of Borrell and Lenarčič reads.

The danger of a major humanitarian crisis is imminent and an immediate de-escalation is needed. All parties should show restraint and reinforce their calls to avoid incitement to hatred and violence”.
“Human rights and international humanitarian law need to be upheld, including ensuring safe and free movement of civilians as well as a timely, independent, unimpeded and unconditional access of humanitarian workers to most vulnerable”.

Amnesty International can today confirm that scores, and likely hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death in Mai-Kadra (May Cadera) town in the South West Zone of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region on the night of 9 November” according to the statement of the organisation, published on their site.

The organization’s Crisis Evidence Lab has examined and digitally verified gruesome photographs and videos of bodies strewn across the town or being carried away on stretchers. It confirmed the images were recent and using satellite imagery, geo-located them to Mai-Kadra in western Tigray state (14.071008, 36.564681)” .

On November 4, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is the governing authority of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray.
(Image below: Orthodox priest in a church of Axum; in 1980, UNESCO added Axum’s archaeological sites to its list of World Heritage Sites due to their historic value).