IFE – Letter to Ethiopian embassies

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TO :

Embassy of Ethiopia                         Embassy of Ethiopia

Rue de Vermont 9                             Birger Jarlsgatan 39

1202 Geneva                                     11 45 Stockholm

Switzerland                                       Sweden

CC :        

UNHCR                                                             International Committee of the Red Cross

Rue de Montbrillant 94                                  Avenue de la paix 19

1201 Genève                                                      1202 Geneva

Switzerland                                                       Switzerland

Geneva, November 28, 2020

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Ethiopian federal forces announced the end of the conflict in the Tigray region.

This conflict, which began in early November 2020, has caused the displacement of several thousand Ethiopian citizens to Sudan.

However, the 100,000 Eritrean refugees live in the four camps are twice more vulnerable, given the precarious nature of their status. In recent weeks, Eritrean families in the diaspora as well as in the country have lost contact with their relatives who visited the region or who live in the camps.

Eritreans were reportedly collateral victims of the military conflict. Some were injured and lives were reportedly lost. There were also reports of enforced disappearances in the camps by Eritrean agents.

The disruption of communications and the lack of independent bodies on site made it difficult to obtain reliable information.

In accordance with Article 3 of the Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (1949), IFE calls on the Ethiopian authorities to (1) strengthen security and protection around and within the refugee camps, despite the potential end of the military conflict, (2) to deploy all necessary efforts to restore the flow of food and medical care to the camps, and (3) together with independent bodies, to conduct impartial investigations into allegations of enforced disappearances of Eritreans on Ethiopian territory.

Mussie Calmerfalk Ephrem                       Veronica Almedom

President                                                        Co-director