Joint NGO Call for a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the ongoing human rights crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia

In a joint letter released today, a group of NGOs urge the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to adopt a resolution on the ongoing human rights crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia at its upcoming 47th session (HRC47, 21 June-15 July 2021). 

“A robust, dedicated and coordinated approach to this human rights crisis by the international community is both critical and urgent, given the gravity of ongoing crimes, the complex nature of the situation, and the involvement of various parties,” write the signatory organisations. “After seven months of serious violations and abuses, the HRC can no longer stay silent. It should take urgent action to address the crisis and fulfil its mandate to address and prevent violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations and abuses, and to respond promptly to emergencies.”

Among other things, the signatories urge states to adopt a resolution that requests the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on her investigations, findings and recommendations regarding the human rights situation in Tigray, and possible violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.


Read the letter.


Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:


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