We are writing this letter to share our best wishes and support for the government and the people of Ethiopia in their efforts to provide good governance and build peace. We live in a global village and as global citizens, we want to offer our help.
We are concerned that the conflict in Ethiopia could reverberate across the Horn of Africa, impacting neighbours such as Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Sudan. This conflict could also lead to a refugee crisis.
We believe that humanitarian help can be provided. The first step is to protect human life and the best way to do this is to have a ceasefire. Second, is providing physical humanitarian support.
We also believe that it appears that both sides of the conflict are concerned constitutional and rights issue (federal vs state rights), therefore we need to call for good governance talks to resolve this. We must acknowledge the legitimate concerns of the Ethiopian government and as well as the rights and concerns of people living in the states.
We support the United Nations in their call for the de-escalation of violence and military clashes across parts of Ethiopia, urging all those involved to “engage in a genuine, inclusive and credible dialogue to solve any differences through peaceful means”. Additionally, the UN called on the federal and regional authorities to “ensure protection of the population and to establish across the country the necessary social, economic, security and political measures to break the cycle of violence and foster trust among communities”.
We, like the UN believe in the capacity of the leadership in Ethiopia to resolve this. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said,“I am confident that Ethiopians can succeed on the path to social inclusion and economic and social development with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”