Ethiopia lashes out at WHO chief for Tigray struggle remarks

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO. Photo: Getty Images

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-Normal of the WHO. Picture: Getty Photos

  • The Ethiopian authorities needs UN well being chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, investigated after describing situations in Tigray as “hell”. 
  • The federal government accused Tedros of supporting the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance, which is listed as a terror group in Ethiopia. 
  • Ethiopian forces and its allies have been preventing the TPLF since November 2020.

Ethiopia has requested the UN well being company to analyze its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for “dangerous misinformation” and “misconduct”, accusing him of backing rebels in his native war-torn Tigray area.

Tedros – the highest-profile Tigrayan overseas – this week described situations within the Ethiopian area as “hell” and mentioned the federal government was stopping medicines and different life-saving support from reaching locals.

Addis Ababa mentioned his feedback threatened the World Well being Organisation’s integrity, and known as for Tedros to be investigated for “misconduct and violation of his skilled and obligation.”

“He has been interfering within the inner affairs of Ethiopia, together with Ethiopia’s relations with the state of Eritrea,” the overseas ministry mentioned late Thursday, quoting a letter it despatched to WHO.

The federal government accused Tedros of supporting the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF), its adversary within the 14-month struggle within the nation’s north, and a listed terror group in Ethiopia.

The preventing has killed 1000’s and pushed many extra to the brink of famine.

Tedros had “unfold dangerous misinformation and compromised WHO’s popularity, independence and credibility which is obvious from his social media postings that overtly endorse the phobia perpetrated by the TPLF in opposition to the Ethiopian individuals”, the overseas ministry mentioned.

Ethiopia’s mission to the United Nations additionally protested in opposition to his remarks and known as for Tedros to recuse himself “from all issues regarding Ethiopia.”

“Partisan, politically and personally motivated employees, blindsided from serving their world roles, curtail probably the most wanted work of UN businesses,” it mentioned on Twitter on Wednesday.

Tedros on Wednesday described restrictions on support getting into rebel-controlled Tigray – which the UN has described as a de facto blockade – as “an insult to our humanity”.

It’s “so dreadful and unimaginable throughout this time, the twenty first century, when a authorities is denying its personal individuals for greater than a yr meals and medication and the remaining to outlive,” Tedros advised reporters.

‘Facet of peace’ 

Addis Ababa on Friday blamed the TPLF for the blockade, accusing the rebels of impeding vital humanitarian corridors into their stronghold of Tigray.

The worldwide neighborhood ought to “maintain the TPLF accountable for the crime of ravenous individuals in Tigray, below whose title it has been wreaking havoc,” the overseas ministry mentioned.

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Ethiopian forces and its allies have been preventing the TPLF since November 2020, when Prime Minister Abiy despatched troops into Tigray after accusing the rebels of attacking military camps.

It isn’t the primary time that Tedros, who in 2017 turned the primary African to go WHO, has attracted Ethiopia’s ire over his remarks on the struggle.

On the outset of preventing, Ethiopia’s military chief Berhanu Jula accused the 56-year-old of serving to the TPLF purchase weapons.

The WHO boss rejected these allegations, insisting he was “on the facet of peace”.

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