Political and Legislative

Biden Threatened to Place Sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea

President Biden on Friday will sign an executive order empowering the Treasury and State departments to sanction Ethiopian and Eritrean government officials engaged in military conflict in Ethiopia, in a bid to pressure warring parties in the Tigray region to move toward a ceasefire. 

“This action provides the Department of Treasury working in coordination with the Department of State the necessary authority to impose sanctions against those in the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and the Amhara regional government if they continue to pursue military conflict over meaningful negotiations to the detriment of the Ethiopian people,” a senior administration told reporters on a call previewing the announcement.

The latest action comes amid reports of egregious human rights violations occurring in the region. Human Rights Watch issued a report this week accusing Eritrean government forces and Tigrayan militias of killing and raping Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region.

Read the source article at The Hill

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