Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL3304):
Question by Lord ALTON of Liverpool :
To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the peace process in Ethiopia; and what representations they plan to make to the government of Ethiopia on the need to investigate atrocity crimes committed in recent months and bring those responsible to account. (HL3304)
Tabled on: 09 November 2022
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park:
We welcome the recent peace agreement between the Ethiopian Government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the agreement to implement a comprehensive national transitional justice policy aimed at accountability, redress for victims, reconciliation, and healing. We have long called for accountability for the many atrocities and human rights violations and abuses carried out by all parties to this conflict, and are providing support to build the investigative capacity of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.
The former Minister for Development raised justice and accountability on several occasions with the Ethiopian Ambassador and our Ambassador to Ethiopia has raised regularly with the Ethiopian Government. We continue to support the International Commission for Human Rights Experts in Ethiopia, and urge all parties to co-operate with the Commission.
Date and time of answer: 23 Nov 2022 at 17:47.