The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been accused of targeting Tigrayan peacekeepers operating under the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Thousands of people, mostly from the Tigray region, have taken to social media urging the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to intervene and condemn the decision being taken by the Ethiopian government.
“Abiy Ahmed has been ethnically profiling Tigrayan origin UN peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan; he’s planing to forcefully return large number of Tigrayan peacekeepers to Ethiopia starting tomorrow —UN needs to intervene and ensure their safety.”
Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, strongly condemned and denounced reports of ethnic profiling against Tigrayan communities in various parts of Ethiopia by the security forces.
“There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations.”
“We have reports that particularly areas surrounding towns like Mekelle, Sherero, Axum, Abiy Addi, and the borders between the Amhara and Tigray regions, fighting continues between federal forces and the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), and affiliated militias on both sides,” Bachelet told a news conference in Geneva.
Since the outbreak of violence in 2020, thousands are believed to have bee killed and millions displaced from their homes.