Addis Ababa, 07 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has expressed concern about Eritrea’s “heavy” involvement in the violence in neighboring Ethiopia and called on the international community to move swiftly to ensure that Eritrean forces leave the embattled Horn of Africa country.
Khataza Gondwe, Joint Head of Advocacy and Team Leader for Africa and the Middle East at CSW, says that the presence of Eritrean forces especially in the embattled Tigray is slowing down the peace process in Ethiopia.
“The continuing presence of troops implicated in the commission of the gravest of international crimes constitutes a clear threat both to the peace process and to the lives of Tigrayan civilians,” Ms. Gondwe says in a Thursday, January 5 report.
She adds, “We call on the African Union and the rest of the international community to ensure the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia, including by formulating and initiating additional targeted sanctions and a comprehensive arms embargo, if deemed necessary.”
“We also call for the demobilization of conscripts, and urge the Eritrean government to end its military adventurism and focus instead on respecting and fulfilling the rights and freedoms of Eritrean citizens, ensuring that they are finally able to enjoy the dividends of their hard-won independence,” the CSW official says.