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Rep. Bass Comments On Detention of UN staff In Ethiopia

November 14, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am deeply concerned by the Government of Ethiopia detaining 16 United Nations staff members in Addis Ababa without providing specific reasons for detention.  Reports that the detained UN employees are ethnic Tigrayans, and that their arrests may have been motivated by ethnicity, are not only deeply troubling but would contravene human rights and the rule of law.  Moreover, these detentions hamper already severely disrupted humanitarian efforts for the millions in need of food and medical assistance.  I call on the Government of Ethiopia to immediately release those wrongfully detained and to allow the unfettered flow of humanitarian relief throughout the country, particularly Tigray.

"I further call for the Government of Ethiopia to pursue an immediate ceasefire and negotiated peace settlement that will would protect all citizens from this violence and discord.  As I have stated on multiple occasions, there is no military solution to this conflict, and its continuance unnecessarily harms the Ethiopian state, the Ethiopian people and the region."