DENVER, Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the
Ethiopian American Civic Council (EACC) is calling for an
independent review and forensic validation of a CNN
piece alleging Ethiopian government officials committed acts
of ethnic cleansing against Tigrayans.
"The US and international community must not underestimate this
consequence and legitimate fear many Ethiopians have."
"The EACC has sent an official letter to
Lead" - where the segment aired - asking CNN to solicit forensic
sources who can be publicly attributed. Its report makes serious
claims without reliable and complete substantiation. In its
absence, it is merely conjecture," said EACC President Yoseph Tafari.
"Forensic experts in Sudan are cited and not named; there are many
competent forensic professionals worldwide that could travel to
Sudan and validate these
"The TPLF has a very long history of
media manipulation and human rights abuses, requiring CNN and other
independent media to validate and disclose sources. This kind of
reporting is having a devastating impact on the 112 million
Ethiopians at a time when the nation could spiral into further
conflict, putting the entire stability of the Horn of Africa at risk."
Fighting broke out between the TPLF and Ethiopian government
forces in November 2020 when TPLF
attacked one of the federal military bases in Tigray.
Since the start of the Tigray conflict, there have been numerous
massacres or war crimes committed by the TPLF terrorist
regime in Mai Kadra Amhara (2020), Galikoma in the Afar region
(2021), Agamsa Amhara (2021), TPLF shelling of Debre Tabor (2021), and massacres in Chena
Village, Dabat in Ethiopia's Amhara region
These incidents are reminiscent of TPLF's history
although many media sources fail to inform audiences of this fact
when reporting on the current Tigray conflict.
Throughout its 27-year oppressive rule, the TPLF regime incited
ethnic conflict. Its goal was to break up the Ethiopian population
by ethnic identity while controlling the nation's
resources for the benefit of a single ethnic minority group—the
Tigray population—comprising 4 percent of the population.
"The TPLF is designated as a terrorist
group by the Ethiopian Parliament and is fighting to get its money
and power back. Similar to another terrorist group, the Taliban,
the TPLF will revert back to its autocratic rule if it regains
power. The US and international community must not underestimate
this consequence and legitimate fear many Ethiopians have," said
The EACC is urging US policymakers to foster peace and democracy
in Ethiopia consistent with its
longstanding commitment to spread democracy and human rights
throughout the world.
Ethiopian American Civic Council: Is one the largest
Ethiopian American diaspora community in the United States with approximately 750,000
members in all 50 states. The EACC represents all of the nearly 90
Ethiopian ethnic groups. The EACC is a US-based, 501(c) 4,
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