We’re witnessing a dark cloud of war hovering in the skies of the Horn of Africa especially in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The peoples of the region have endured natural and man-made disasters and as though that wasn’t enough they are now being dragged into another senseless war that has the potential to wreak havoc in the region. Therefore, we are calling upon the broader international community comprising of civil organizations, professionals, artists, religious leaders, intellectuals, celebrities, and concerned individuals, etc. to join hands with us as we call for the following petition:
- The Federal Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray regional government to cease all hostilities, instead they should and must resolve their differences through dialogue and peaceful means.
- All national media outlets that are owned and operated privately or by the regional and federal government and the state of Eritrea to refrain from making any inflammatory and hate inciting Ethno-nationalist discriminatory discourses. Instead, we appeal to all media outlets to report objectively and to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of true and professional journalism.
- We oppose and condemn all forms of oppression, ethnic/and or religious-based violence by anyone against anyone and anywhere.
We call for the State of Eritrea and the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to abide by all international legal and diplomatic norms and to refrain from interfering in each other’s internal domestic affairs and instead to work towards peace and stability in the region.
We call upon UNHCR to work with the Ethiopian Federal Government in securing the safety and wellbeing of Eritreans, who are scattered all across Ethiopian refugee camps. In particular, we call their attention to the plight of Eritrean refugees, who have been granted protection by the Tigray regional government, to ensure that their basic human needs are met.
We call upon the PM of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed to use his Nobel Peace laureate Prize to be a role model and exemplary of Peace both in Ethiopia and in the Horn region through his actions and policies.
We call upon the nationals of both Ethiopia and Eritrea, who reside both inside and outside their respective countries, to be ambassadors and advocates for peace
November 5, 2020