November warning “Tigray on the edge of Genocide” ignored.Amnesty and Human Rights Watch Report on Atrocity Crimes in Tigray. On Tuesday Parliamentarians will challenge Ministers to say when the U.K. will be taking action at the UN Security Council following blocks by China and Russia after attempts by Ireland to raise it.

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Following urgent letters to Foreign Office Ministers on Thursday and Friday last week – and several written Parliament Questions whichI tabled – on Tuesday I have secured the Topical Oral Question in the House to ask the Government how they are responding to reports of a massacre at Axum in Tigray, which Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say may amount to crimes against humanity. FCDO Minister Lord Ahmad will answer @tariqahmadbt

In addition to the Amnesty Report, Human Rights Watch issued a further report stating that Eritrean forces shot dead hundreds of children and civilians in a November massacre in Tigray region in the town of Axum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.https://www.davidalton.net/2021/03/05/human-rights-watch-say-eritrean-forces-have-massacred-tigray-civilians-attention-and-action-by-un-member-states-is-needed-now-to-ensure-those-responsible-for-these-grave-abuses-are-held-accountable

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/03/04/persistent-credible-reports-of-grave-violations-in-tigray-underscore-urgent-need-for-human-rights-access-michelle-bachelet/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/03/02/in-a-letter-today-to-foreign-office-ministers-i-asked-why-the-uk-has-not-raised-the-reports-of-atrocity-crimes-in-tigray-at-the-un-security-council-who-is-being-held-to-account-as-us-condemns-killi/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/20/daily-telegraph-publishes-shocking-proof-of-massacre-by-ethiopian-forces-in-tigray-when-is-the-u-k-going-to-put-this-evidence-of-war-crimes-and-potential-genocide-before-the-un-security-council/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/18/shocking-report-from-associated-press-bodies-with-gunshot-wounds-lay-in-the-streets-for-days-in-ethiopias-holiest-city-at-night-residents-listened-in-horror-as-hyenas-fed-on-the-corpses/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/12/28/dont-forget-tigray-bbc-africa-reports-on-a-conflict-which-is-in-danger-of-being-forgotten-under-the-cover-of-covid-and-other-distractions/

Tigrayans mourn the killing of loved ones

The Eritreans engaged in “widespread pillaging” as Ethiopian troops mostly looked on, the HRW report says .

In a further report, AFP travelled to the Tigray village of Dengolat last week to document a separate massacre by Eritrean troops at about the same time that church officials said led to the murder of 164 civilians in Axum.

Ethiopian and Eritrean forces entered Axum on November 20 after “indiscriminate” shelling that killed civilians, said the HRW report published on Friday.After calling in reinforcements, the Eritreans began “moving through the town, going house to house, searching for young men and boys, and executing them”.

HRW Horn of Africa director Laetitia Bader said “Ethiopian and Eritrean officials can no longer hide behind a curtain of denial, but should allow space for justice and redress, not add to the layers of trauma that survivors already face.”

Attempts by Ireland – which has been elected to the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term – to secure a UN Security Council statement calling for an end to violence in Tigray and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped after objections from China, Russia and others. The UN’s Mark Lowcock warned that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that Eritrean forces leave Ethiopia.

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/03/05/human-rights-watch-say-eritrean-forces-have-massacred-tigray-civilians-attention-and-action-by-un-member-states-is-needed-now-to-ensure-those-responsible-for-these-grave-abuses-are-held-accountable/

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/26/hundreds-died-in-axum-massacre-during-tigray-war-says-amnesty

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/axum-massacre-survivors-amnesty-eritrean-troops-b1807606.html?amp

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-56198469

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/03/05/human-rights-watch-say-eritrean-forces-have-massacred-tigray-civilians-attention-and-action-by-un-member-states-is-needed-now-to-ensure-those-responsible-for-these-grave-abuses-are-held-accountable/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/13/ethiopian-minister-confirms-that-tigray-conflict-has-led-to-crimes-against-women/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/12/human-rights-watch-have-called-for-a-un-inquiry-into-the-alleged-indiscriminate-shelling-of-urban-areas-in-tigray-by-ethiopian-federal-forces-uk-government-also-asked-to-follow-the-eu-in-suspending-t/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/12/uk-says-we-have-assessed-the-appropriateness-of-ukaid-programmes-in-ethiopia-in-light-of-the-developments-of-the-tigray-conflict-and-are-carefully-considering-our-delivery-model-we-will-continue-to/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/05/tigray-un-special-adviser-on-genocide-warns-that-if-urgent-measures-are-not-immediately-taken-to-address-the-ongoing-challenges-facing-the-country-the-risk-of-atrocity-crimes-in-ethiopia-remains-h/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/04/how-conflict-in-tigray-has-added-to-the-79-5-million-forcibly-displaced-people-worldwide-as-a-result-of-persecution-conflict-and-violence-these-include-some-26-million-refugees-who-have-crossed-a/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/02/03/u-k-says-it-is-concerned-that-the-conflict-in-tigray-has-had-significant-consequences-and-has-displaced-hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-and-by-further-reports-from-tigray-o/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/29/u-k-says-it-is-clear-that-the-conflict-in-tigray-has-had-significant-consequences-for-hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-displacing-them-internally-and-externally-and-adversely-impacting-thos/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/29/tigray-uk-says-physical-access-for-humanitarian-personnel-remains-very-challenging-with-some-areas-effectively-out-of-bounds-the-un-estimates-that-up-to-1-3-million-additional-people-affected-by-t/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/28/uk-says-killers-in-ethiopia-must-be-held-to-account-whoever-they-may-be-and-responds-to-call-that-eye-witness-statements-are-taken-from-refugees-from-tigray-about-reports-of-war-cri/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/25/uk-government-says-it-is-concerned-by-reports-that-eritrean-troops-have-entered-ethiopian-refugee-camps-in-tigray-and-forced-a-number-of-refugees-to-return-to-eritrea-and-responds-to-reports-of-a/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/18/january-18th-africa-minister-say-uk-government-is-gravely-concerned-over-allegations-of-atrocities-and-violations-in-tigray-but-its-the-uks-longstanding-position-that-determining/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/15/statement-from-the-un-high-commissioner-for-refugees-filippo-grandi-on-the-situation-of-eritrean-refugees-in-ethiopias-tigray-region-extremely-troubled-by-the-humanitarian-situation/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/14/tigray-parliamentary-answers-from-the-uk-government-we-remain-committed-to-the-development-of-ethiopia-and-its-people-but-we-will-continue-to-review-our-support-in-light-of-changing-circumstances/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/13/refugee-council-usa-calls-for-protection-of-refugees-from-tigray/

https://www.davidalton.net/2021/01/11/massacre-in-tigray-at-the-mariam-of-zion-cathedral-aksum-and-reports-of-attacks-on-refugee-camps/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/12/02/war-in-tigray-peers-today-pressed-for-access-to-be-given-to-tigray-to-assess-allegations-of-war-crimes-and-to-ensure-the-safe-arrival-of-urgently-needed-humanitarian-aid-and-the-protection-of-refuge/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/30/i-have-joined-with-csw-and-other-organisations-and-individuals-in-writing-to-united-nations-officials-and-the-african-commission-on-human-and-peoples-rights-urging-them-for-urgent-assistance-for-eri/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/27/establishing-the-truth-about-tigray-why-hasnt-the-un-secretary-general-demanded-access-and-flown-there-to-establish-for-himself-what-is-happening-in-tigray/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/24/war-in-ethiopias-tigray-province-government-challenged-today-to-co-ordinate-an-international-response-to-a-potential-geonocid-during-exchanges-in-the-house-of-lords/

November 23rd 2020 – Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Province “may be on the edge of Genocide” – to be raised in an urgent question in the House of Lords tomorrow.https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/23/19544/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/22/parliamentary-questions-and-letter-to-the-foreign-secretary-about-horrific-violence-in-tigray-today-the-sunday-telegraph-reports-that-ethiopia-may-be-on-the-edge-of-genocide-report/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/27/establishing-the-truth-about-tigray-why-hasnt-the-un-secretary-general-demanded-access-and-flown-there-to-establish-for-himself-what-is-happening-in-tigray/

https://www.davidalton.net/2020/11/30/i-have-joined-with-csw-and-other-organisations-and-individuals-in-writing-to-united-nations-officials-and-the-african-commission-on-human-and-peoples-rights-urging-them-for-urgent-assistance-for-eri/

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For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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In advance of Monday’s House of Commons forthcoming vote  on the All Party House of Lords Genocide Amendment, Parliament was told that the Government is hiding behind the fiction of an imaginary judicial mechanism that will hold the CCP accountable for its genocide of the Xinjiang Uighurs. Last night, speaking to a Webinar organised by the Faiths United Youth Network David Alton said that trade deals had become more important than Genocide- “a word which dares not speak its name.”

In advance of Monday’s House of Commons forthcoming vote on the All Party House of Lords Genocide Amendment, Parliament was told that the Government is hiding behind the fiction of an imaginary judicial mechanism that will hold the CCP accountable for its genocide of the Xinjiang Uighurs. Last night, speaking to a Webinar organised by the Faiths United Youth Network David Alton said that trade deals had become more important than Genocide- “a word which dares not speak its name.”

In advance of Monday's House of Commons...

Government Questioned Today about massacre at Axum in Tigray, and allegations of crimes against humanity. In written replies it says it is unable to “verify reports that this includes the transfer of military equipment and money by the Government of Ethiopia to the Government of Eritrea”; “condemns the destruction of the Hitsats and Shimbella refugee camps in Tigray” and forced return of refugees would contravene the 1951 Refugee Convention; and says ” We are keeping the provision of aid to Ethiopia under constant review.”

Government Questioned Today about massacre at Axum in Tigray, and allegations of crimes against humanity. In written replies it says it is unable to “verify reports that this includes the transfer of military equipment and money by the Government of Ethiopia to the Government of Eritrea”; “condemns the destruction of the Hitsats and Shimbella refugee camps in Tigray” and forced return of refugees would contravene the 1951 Refugee Convention; and says ” We are keeping the provision of aid to Ethiopia under constant review.”

Government Questioned Today about massacre at...

For the Uyghurs, Genocide is a word which dares not speak its name. For the sake of women like Rahima Mahmut, Gulzira Auelkhan, Sayragul Sauytbay, and Ruqiye Perhat – whose heart-breaking, shocking, stories are recorded here – it’s time that the crime of genocide was given definition in the UK. On January 19th Parliament can use its voice and speak that name – insisting on justice for victims of Genocide and refusing to make tawdry trade deals with those responsible for the crime above all crimes.

For the Uyghurs, Genocide is a word which dares not speak its name. For the sake of women like Rahima Mahmut, Gulzira Auelkhan, Sayragul Sauytbay, and Ruqiye Perhat – whose heart-breaking, shocking, stories are recorded here – it’s time that the crime of genocide was given definition in the UK. On January 19th Parliament can use its voice and speak that name – insisting on justice for victims of Genocide and refusing to make tawdry trade deals with those responsible for the crime above all crimes.

For the Uyghurs Genocide is a word which dares...

Government replies to request for details of  the “pervasive and rotten culture”, and  the “culture of intimidation”, within Liverpool City Council; fails to say what assessment it has made of which documents, if any, have been destroyed in any of the Council’s departments; and says it “hopes that it will not be necessary for the Commissioners to exercise these powers, but instead that their main role would centre on supporting the Council itself in making changes.”

Government replies to request for details of the “pervasive and rotten culture”, and the “culture of intimidation”, within Liverpool City Council; fails to say what assessment it has made of which documents, if any, have been destroyed in any of the Council’s departments; and says it “hopes that it will not be necessary for the Commissioners to exercise these powers, but instead that their main role would centre on supporting the Council itself in making changes.”

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