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Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia
Statement at HRC54 as Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
September 21, 2023

Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

Human Rights Council – 54th Session

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

And thank you, Commissioners, for your report and for your commendable service.

Commissioners, we read your report with considerable concern. The United States calls on the Government of Ethiopia to prevent human rights violations and abuses, noting reports of extrajudicial killings, widespread conflict-related sexual violence, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and vigilante violence. We are also alarmed by recurring Internet shutdowns since 2019.

Violence in the Amhara region, now under a state of emergency, is quite concerning. We urge the protection of civilians, respect for human rights, and a peaceful dialogue to resolve issues.

We also remain concerned about human rights in western Tigray and in Oromia. We encourage the Government of Ethiopia and the Oromo Liberation Army to restart peace talks.

We welcome Ethiopia’s progress in implementing the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. We urge the parties to implement the agreement in full.

The United States reiterates its call for Ethiopia to continue progress towards credible, inclusive, and comprehensive transitional justice. Accountability for those most responsible for violations and abuses is essential. This issue calls for the Council’s continued attention.

What specific benchmarks should the international community look for to determine whether Ethiopia’s transitional justice efforts are, in fact, effective?

I thank you.