Bring Dictator Mengistu HM to Justice

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May 17, 2018
The UN Security Council
United Nations
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New York, N.Y. 10017.

Your Excellencies:

We, the undersigned, are aware that the responsibility of the Security Council among other things is maintenance of international peace and security. This function of the Council is fulfilled inter alia through prosecution of genocide, crime against humanity, torture, etc. which are presumed to endanger international peace and security.

Between 1976 and 1978 the Marxist Government of Ethiopia under Mengistu Hailemariam’s direction killed as many as 500,000 Ethiopians and launched widespread and systematic attack against civilian population for no reason other than their political belief.

It is regrettable that insofar as Mengistu’s crimes are concerned, impunity has reigned supreme. Mengistu indeed was tried in absentia in Ethiopia among other crimes, for genocide, crime against humanity and was found to be guilty and sentenced to death by the Ethiopian High Court. He never served the sentence and now lives undisturbed in a relative comfort in Zimbabwe. The process was so flawed that it could not be called a real trial which afforded due process of law neither to the accused nor to the surviving victims and their relatives.  Having been tried in absentia Mengistu could not confront witnesses against him nor could his victims and their relatives face him in court, a process which would give them some solace from their grief. No international warrant has been issued with the intent to arrest him.

We, participants in FitihLeEthiopia (Justice for Ethiopia) who lost members of our families or ourselves have been victims to the atrocities appeal, to the United Nations Security Council to establish an ad hoc court with jurisdiction to try Mengistu for genocide, crime against humanity, torture, murder etc. in any venue where justice can be achieved.

We take our cues from similar cases such as the trial of Hissen Habre of Chad in Senegal for international crimes he committed in Chad when he was the President of the country. Other examples of international prosecutions abound where the UN established or assisted to establish ad hoc courts or hybrid courts in East Timor, Kosovo, Lebanon and others to prosecute those authorities suspected of committing international crimes. These crimes committed in some of these countries pale when compared to the crimes committed by Mengistu.

With our highest compliments,

Kidane Alemayehu
Chairman
H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister of Ethiopia
P.O.Box 1031
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

8 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Ato Kidane,
    Thanks for the effort. But you need to also bring up one on Meles Zenawi. Remember in 1998-2000 alone between 80,000 – 100,000 were killed and over 2 million displaced and/or lost limbs FOR NO REASON. And to-date Ethiopia’s ruling party has refused to acknowledge or give account of its actions!

  2. Dear Kidane,
    The same holds true for Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) that between 1976 and 1978 the Marxist EPRP under its leaders now in exile in USA and Europe direction, killed as many Ethiopians as Mengistu killed and launched widespread and systematic attack against civilian population for no reason other than their political belief. That is what we call White Terror even though everyone is talking about the Red Terror as if white terror means peace. Mr. Kidane, better save millions who are suffering under the boots of TPLF as we speak rather than wasting your time digging for shit that can’t save a single life except to satisfy your lust of revenge

  3. Dear Ato Kidane,
    Thank you for raising this important issue. Please don’t mind nameless Mengistu apologists. We know you are making this effort as an act of accountability and justice not vengeance. You are doing more than your fair share in fighting for human rights, justice and democracy in Ethiopia. We are inspired by commitment for the cause of Ethiopia.

  4. Dear Araya,
    You need to explain yourself more fully . You say, “we know,” and “we are inspired.” So who are the we? Secondly, Who are the “nameless Mengistu apologists?” You seem to be interested in accountability, justice, human rights, and democracy. So do the two commenters above. Or is your sense of justice and accountability applicable to Mengistu only, and not to Meles and Eprp? You could do better than that!

  5. Kiros
    If you and the Dan person want to hold Meles & EPRP leaders accountable, roll up your sleeves and do it. Ato Kidane is doing what he can to bring Mengistu to justice. Btw how are you going to hold the dead Meles accountable? When I say we I am talking about those of us in Ethiopian Advocacy Network who has the privilege of working with gash Kidane in the fight to hold the EPRDF tyrants accountable for the human rights violations against our people.

  6. Araya,
    Thanks for your comments.
    I wish Ato Kidane responded to the query and not asked you to represent him. Am I write to think you (and your advocacy network) are a/ not interested in holding Meles and Eprp to account? and b/ don’t believe Meles could post-posthumously face justice? Just wondering why you (and your advocacy network) are so protective of him!

  7. Kiros
    why are you so focused to evade the issue unless you have something to do with it. Mengistu has been internationally condemned for his genocide. You only have to be a human being of good will to recognize that – not only the millions who suffered or died (who also lost their voice) Meles and his gang will also have their day in court. Why don’t you start it and many will follow you

  8. Araya,
    Thanks for your comments.
    I wish Ato Kidane had responded to the query and not asked you to represent him. Am I right to think you (and your advocacy network) are a/ not interested in holding Meles and Eprp to account? and b/ don’t believe Meles could post-posthumously face justice? Just wondering why you (and your advocacy network) are so protective of him!

    Sorry, the previous comment needed correction!

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