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: Esther Tawiah

In Ghana, Esther Tawiah is one of the loudest voices for women empowerment and gender. It is also why she is one of the most loathed. Born and raised in New-Tafo in the country’s eastern region, Esther grew up surrounded by a culture that frowned at the idea of women participating in public affairs, and witnessed firsthand, the backlash those who dared to challenge that cultural norm faced.

“I grew up in a society where ageism and sexism were so entrenched. As a young person, you weren’t supposed to give your opinion on public issues, especially if you were a woman. Women who dared to speak up were caricatured and branded as frustrated, unmarriageable prostitutes, all designed to shut them up,” she says.