Newsletter 2009/09/18 - Complicity
ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN (Own report) - Ethiopian human rights proponents pressed charges against the German government yesterday, because of Berlin's long term support of the regime in Addis Ababa, accused for years of serious violations of human rights. There are sufficient grounds for a "reasonable suspicion" that the German government has committed "complicity in violations of the Völkerstrafgesetzbuch (VStGB - German international criminal code)" declared the Ethiopian Human Rights Committee - Germany and calls on the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in Karlsruhe to initiate the relevant investigations. In fact, over the past few years, Berlin has even intensified its cooperation with Ethiopia, even though government advisors and organizations engaged in development programs have pointed to the Ethiopian regime's extreme repressive character. German complicity even extends to military support for Ethiopia, which is
waging a proxy war in Somalia in support of western interests. Behind this complicity is Ethiopia's high strategic significance for Berlin's foreign policy - expounded upon in detail a few years ago by Germany's ambassador to Addis Ababa.