British government joins President Biden in calling on Eritrean troops to leave Tigray

“The UK has been consistent, alongside the UN and international partners including the US, in calling for the protection of civilians in Ethiopia, respect for human rights and the withdrawal of Eritrean forces.”

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL13783):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the United States Secretary of State Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, published on 27 February; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the imposition of sanctions on Eritrea until its troops have left Ethiopia. (HL13783)

Tabled on: 02 March 2021

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of the United States’ Secretary of State on 2 March about the violence in Tigray; and what steps they taking to ensure that (1) those responsible for any violence in Tigray are brought to justice, and (2) reported atrocities are brought before the UN Security Council as soon as possible. (HL13855)
    Tabled on: 03 March 2021

Answer:
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon:

The UK shares the concerns outlined by US Secretary of State Blinken in his statements of 27 February and 2 March on the reported atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The Foreign Secretary discussed the conflict in Tigray with Secretary Blinken on 25 February. The situation in Ethiopia was discussed at a closed session of the UN Security Council on 4 March. The UK has been consistent, alongside the UN and international partners including the US, in calling for the protection of civilians in Ethiopia, respect for human rights and the withdrawal of Eritrean forces. The Foreign Secretary raised the need for independent, international, investigations into allegations of human right abuses and violations when he met with Prime Minister Abiy during his visit to Ethiopia on 22 January.

Date and time of answer: 16 Mar 2021 at 16:12.

10 comments

  1. These colonialists are sleep walking. They still believe they can tell black people thd time if day when it is night.

    1. Do you have any idea what’s happening in #Tigray Ethiopia? Am Tigrayan. The Tigrayans are being Ethnic cleansing in their own country. Some one has to intervene to stop it because The Ethiopian Government is not.

    2. You can’t continue committing #TigrayGenocide & #EthnicCleansing! You will be forced to stop it. You can’t just gamble and cover up in the name ‘sovereignty’.

    3. Once they were, I agree. Now they stand for justice and are saving Tigre people from the annihilation of Abiy and Isias: A role very much appreciated by majority of Ethiopians – the long marginalized peoples.

  2. Hail Britons and Americans!
    You are the beacons of democracy for us!

    We appreciate very much for your effort of saving the lives of our brotherns – Tigre people.

    We, the majority of Ethiopians long marginalized, lookup for your support in our struggle of regaining our basic human rights usurped by autocrat Abiy and his puppeteers – the so called Amara elites.

    Keep on the good work!
    Thank you.

    A Somali Ethiopian

  3. Thank you very much UK for standing with the people of Tigray and defending truth and civilians. Abiy Ahmed and the Eritrean long time dictator are committing a genocide on the Tigrayan people for the last four months. People’s lives and health infrastructure has been destroying deliberately. Universities and colleges are destroyed and became a military camp. The UK, USA , and other partners should take actual concrete action on the killers where it hurts them. Military action should be taken on them apart from economic and military sanctions

  4. Eritrean military will not go out of Tigray. The same is with the Amahara military. To their plans, there’s no Tigray on their map. Northern parts of Tigray are absorbed into Eritrea and the south and western Tigray parts are absorbed by the amaharas. In the near future both governments will try to fight back not to leave their territories. Now, they are looking on how to attest their holdings and legitimate it. Until then none of them will pull out regardless the rest of the world is calling.

  5. Eritrean militaries will not go out peacefully. Most of them are wearing Ethiopian Force uniforms. The UN must step in to remove them to save thousands of Tigrayans lives. They are still killing childrend and other civilians , raping and looting Tigrayans properties and burning crops.
    The Ethiopian and Amhara forces are also displacing , raping , killing and looting.
    Please act now to save many thousands of people’s lives.

  6. hi the UK now the people of Tigrai need ACTION, to withdraw Isayas mercenary soldiers and the Amhara militias first and investigate war crime through 3rd parties.

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