Written Question: Situation in Tigray

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 27 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002825/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Daniela Rondinelli (NI), Laura Ferrara (NI), Mario Furore (NI), Dino Giarrusso (NI)

Subject: Situation in Tigray

The situation in the Tigray Region in Ethiopia is deeply concerning: thousands have been displaced and more than 63 000 people have fled to neighbouring eastern Sudan, while 6 million people are at risk of starving to death and at least 4.5 million need urgent humanitarian aid. The Red Cross has reported shortages of drugs and medical supplies after 80% of hospitals have been ransacked and looted. UNICEF estimates that more than two million children are in need of assistance. Thousands of women and girls are said to have been raped. For weeks, there have been repeated claims of civilian massacres, while journalists continue to be arrested.

In view of these suspected violations of humanitarian law, and allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and following the visit by the EU’s special envoy to Tigray, we should like to ask the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy the following:

  1. Are we witnessing a genocide?
  2. What action will he take to facilitate an end to the conflict?
  3. What kind of assistance will he provide to civilians, in particular women and children who have been subjected to deplorable acts of violence?
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