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Lead international Magnitsky sanctions for Tigray

By Maria Reisdorf and Sarah Teich      

For a nation that prides itself on being committed to human rights, silence in the face of a devastating and worsening conflict is insufficient. Leading on Magnitsky sanctions will be an important first step, both to show solidarity with the Tigray community, and to impose real consequences against those committing atrocity crimes against them.

Ottawa should answer the call for collective action that its Ambassador to the United Nations Bob Rae, pictured, has made by imposing Magnitsky sanctions on individual Ethiopian and Eritrean officials responsible for the ongoing atrocities in Tigray, and empower its diplomats across Western capitals and institutions to follow suit. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A war is raging in Ethiopia’s northern-most province of Tigray. Fighting between the Ethiopian military and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has now been going on for six months, creating instability in the strategic Red Sea region.

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