ADDIS ABABA – Council of Ministers endorsed a proposal to categorizie “Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)” and “Shene” as terrorist organisations.
In a statement issued after its session on Saturday, the council of ministers recalled there have been a number of attacks on civilians in various parts of the country to reverse the reforms in the last three years.
“As a result, many lives have been lost and maimed, citizens have been displaced and properties were destroyed,” it says in a statement issued after the meeting.
“These attacks have left society in constant anticipation of danger and fear, undermining trust in the government and among the people,” it says.
These attacks, which have been taking place in different parts of the country, have had different perpetrators, according to the statement.
“But behind the attacks are groups that have played a leading role in orchestrating, funding, providing ideas, training culprits, providing media coverage and assistance,” it says.
The cabinet says these groups are “being exploited by foreign forces seeking to weaken, disrupt and dismantle Ethiopia”.
“The crimes that these entities have committed and perpetrated are acts of terrorism,” it says.
Officials claimed it “is easy to see that these activities fully comply with the definition of terrorism” under Article 3 of Proclamation No. 1176/2020 on the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism Crimes.
“Instead of individually holding accountable members and supporters of these organizations for their terrorist activities, designating the organizations as terrorist organizations according to the law is deemed more practical to better control and prevent acts of terrorism,” the cabinet said.
TPLF and Shene, it says the two entities operate as terrorists and their officials “have acknowledged or are leading destructive activities on the nation”.
The cabinet said a proposal has been tabled to designate Tgray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and “Shene” as terrorist organizations in accordance with the 2020 on the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism Crimes Proclamation.
“This decision will become applicable to organizations and individuals who collaborate, have links with or relate to the ideas and actions of the designated terrorist organizations and others who have engaged in similar activities,” the statement concludes.
The decision to lebel the organizations as terrorist entities will need final approval from the Parliament.