RESPONSES BY PRIME MINISTER ABIY AHMED TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE HOUSE OF PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS IN TIGRAY REGION
የጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ ለፓርላማ በትግራይ ሕግ ማስከበር ጉዳይ ላይ የሰጡት መልስ።
NOVEMBER 30, 2020
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
“A person can vindicate himself in one of two ways. One is through forgiveness. The other through justice and revenge. We will forgive and forget the abuses we have suffered and cross over collectively in the spirit of “redeemer,” brotherhood, love, and forgiveness.” Let forget the past misdeed and we forgave. If we bring up past abuses, there are many who lost their legs, whose fingernails pulled, and who were left, orphans. There are those who left their countries due to the government’s abuse and died at sea. If all these countless victims move to vindication, it could lead to destruction, we reiterated the need to put behind the abuses and work together to bring peace and love.”
THANK YOU, HONORABLE SPEAKER, OF THE HOUSE, AND HONORABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
I thank you profoundly for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions and provide explanations on the current situation.
To address the questions raised by the Honorable House, I find it necessary to examine in some detail the reform journey we have undertaken and the challenges and tests we faced over the past two and a half years. Many of the questions you raised pertain to the effective capacity of the government, prevention of the nation’s disintegration, and personal security of citizens from harm. As we could face similar challenges and questions in the future, I shall try to describe, not all, but the critical inflection points since I took office. First, I will not take time to review the abuse, suffering, torture, disappearances, and denial of equality and democratic rights to all citizens over the past 27 years as they are well known to the Honorable House. The Ethiopian people have lived through these experiences, although from time to time they may have a lapse of memory. I should like to begin by
talking about events that occurred on the eve of the transition. As you will recall, about one or two months prior to the transition, we began witnessing major conflicts, internal displacements, the discovery of mass graves as well as widespread distress and anguish throughout the country.