Nobel Peace Committee castigates Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed over Tigray’s woes

Nobel Peace Committee lambastes Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed over Tigray’s conflict [image: courtesy]
According to the Norwegian Nobel committee, it won’t snatch the Ethiopian prime minister of his Nobel Peace Prize, but it did say he bears a “special responsibility” to end the war and humanitarian crisis in his war-torn nation.

Not in a so common castigation, the Norwegian Nobel committee urged Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 winner of Nobel peace prize to end the fighting in his country.

“As prime minister and peace prize laureate, Abiy Ahmed has a special responsibility to end the conflict and contribute to making peace,” the Nobel committee chairperson, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said on Thursday.

Generally, the committee desists from commenting on the actions of laureates, but it has now twice urged Abiye to act.

It previously expressed its “deep concern” over the situation in Tigray.

“The humanitarian situation is dire and it’s unacceptable that humanitarian aid is not getting through in a sufficient manner,” Reiss-Andersen said.

The Ethiopian PM, Abiy won the Nobel Peace Prize after making peace with neighboring Eritrea and introducing political reforms in his nation.

Reports from aid workers tell that In the past week alone,  airstrikes killed at least 73 civilians in Tigray.

Until now, more than 2 million people have been displaced, and, with aid to the region-blocked, hundreds of thousands live in famine-like conditions.

According to Kenneth Roth, a Human Rights Watch Executive Director said, Aid organizations shave been finding it even tough to reach those in need.

“The big threat there is the Ethiopian government’s blockade of humanitarian assistance that is desperately needed by millions of people in the region,” Roth spoke.

“This is a classic case of collective punishment. This is not punishing Tigrayan military forces. It is punishing the people… in Tigray,” he added.