Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Two Key Members of Congress Condemn Atrocities in Tigray and Call for US Action

 Representatives Gregory W.  Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent on 30 March 2021 a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing concern over the growing ongoing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray Region.  

The letter condemned "in the strongest possible terms reported atrocities and gross violations of human rights committed against civilians, including rape, torture, forced displacement and disappearances, acts of ethnic cleansing, extra-judicial killings, the looting and destruction of medical facilities, and restricted access to aid."  The letter urged the Biden administration "to utilize all available tools, including Global Magnitsky authorities and other targeted sanctions, to hold parties accountable for their actions and bring an end to this crisis."  

The two members of Congress concluded "there is no military solution to the conflict."  They added that "while we remain committed to the important bilateral relationship between the United States and Ethiopia, this conflict jeopardizes shared political, economic and security priorities."