Envoy Asks Bangladesh to Vote against UNHRC Special session on Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Ambassador to India, Tizita Mulugeta (Ph.D.) has asked Bangladesh to vote against the UN rights Council Special session on Ethiopia.

The ambassador made the request during her fruitful discussion she held with Nural Islam, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, on Wednesday, said ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) in a statement afterwards.

None of the continent’s 13 representatives in the 47-member body of the UN, based in Geneva, backed the European Union’s proposal to hold the Human Rights Council meeting – some likened to the 1885 Berlin Conference.

Last Tuesday, Ethiopia issued a statement urging member states of the UN rights Council to vote against the discussion. 

‘Politically motivated’

During her meeting with the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India today, the Ministry said ambassador Tizita briefed the Deputy High Commissioner about the current developments in Ethiopia and expressed Ethiopia disappointment at UNHRC’s call of the special session.

The Ethiopian Government has already agreed to implement the recommendation of the joint UN-EHRC investigation on the violation of human rights abuse in the Northern part of the East African nation, she added.

In this regard, Ambassador Tizita requested the Bangladesh government as a member of the human rights council in Geneva to consider the matter seriously and vote against the special session and its politically motivated outcome.

“The Ambassador also explained the humanitarian aid delivery effort of the Ethiopian government, the egregious atrocities and the destruction of civilian infrastructure by the TPLF terrorist force in the Amhara and Afar regions,” the ministry said.

According to MoFA, the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India thanked the Ambassador for giving him the precise overview of the issues discussed.

He has also appreciated the Ethiopian government’s commitment in investigating alleged human rights abuses and addressing much-needed humanitarian assistance to those in need, the ministry said.