A candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize has accused the director general of the World Health Organization of allegedly aiding in the genocide in Ethiopia.
US economist David Steinman has accused WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 55, of being a “crucial decision maker” who led the actions of the Ethiopian security forces from 2013 to 2015.
He accused Tedros of being one of three officials in charge of the security services during this period, during which the “murder” and “torture” of Ethiopians took place.
Tedros was the country’s foreign minister until 2016, when his Tigray People’s Liberation Front party was in power.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) was today accused of contributing to the genocide in Ethiopia
Raised in Tigray, he was also Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 before being elected Director-General of WHO in 2017, the first African to take on this role.
Mr Steinman, who was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has filed a lawsuit calling for Tedros to be prosecuted for genocide at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
He claimed that Tedros “was a crucial decision-maker regarding actions by the security services which included the murder, arbitrary detention and torture of ethopians,” according to the Times.
US economist David Steinman accused Tedros (pictured) of being one of three officials who led Ethiopia’s security forces from 2013 to 2015
Mr Steinman also alleged that the WHO chief oversaw the “murder and grievous bodily and mental injuries inflicted on members of the Amhara, Konso, Oromo and Somali tribes with the intention of destroying these tribes in whole or in part. “.
He claimed that while Tedros had “co-ruled” the Ethiopian government for four years, the regime “was marked by widespread or systematic crimes against humanity committed by subordinates.”
Mr. Steinman was a foreign adviser to the Ethiopian democratic movement for 27 years until his victory in 2018.
Large-scale and unprecedented protests swept through Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromia, from November 2015, and the Amhara region from July 2016.
Ethiopian security forces cracked down on the largely peaceful protests, killing more than 500 people, Human Rights Watch said.
The complaint comes after Ethiopia’s army chief Berhanu Jula claimed Tedros was supporting dissident forces in his war-torn region of Tigray.
He accused Tedros of gaining political and military support for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as he led an armed offensive by the Ethiopian government.
“He worked in neighboring countries to condemn the war. He worked for them to get weapons, ”Berhanu said at a press conference, saying Tedros had“ left no stone unturned ”to help the TPLF.
In the filed complaint, Mr. Steinman referred to a 2016 US government report on human rights in Ethiopia that “sometimes civil authorities did not maintain control over security forces and local police in Ethiopia. rural areas and local militias sometimes acted independently ”.
Mr. Steinman, a former consultant to the United States National Security Council, accused Tedros of being involved in “intimidation of candidates and opposition supporters”, which included “arbitrary arrest … and long pre-trial detention ”.
The complaint can only be brought before the court in The Hague if it is adopted by the prosecutors. It would be the first lawsuit against a senior UN official if it continued.
Tedros has denied the allegations and any wrongdoing.
“There have been reports suggesting that I am taking sides in this situation,” he said in a statement last month about the current situation in Tigray. “It’s not true and I mean I’m only on one side and it’s on the side of peace. “