OTTAWA – The worsening of security in Ethiopia has prompted Canada to withdraw family members of diplomats and non-essential personnel from the country.
Global Affairs Canada released a statement on Sunday stating that the situation is rapidly deteriorating due to hostilities in the northern region of the country and that the safety of Canadians is the department’s top priority.
The department is urging people to consider leaving the country if they can do so safely.
It also encourages all Canadians in Ethiopia to check Global Affairs travel advice and alerts often and register with the department.
Global Affairs says Canada’s embassy in Addis Ababa remains open and consular officials are ready to help Canadians in need of emergency assistance.
Canadians can also contact the department’s 24-hour Surveillance and Emergency Response Center at [email protected]
The United Nations says that after heavy fighting broke out a year ago between government troops and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), some 5.2 million people are still in need of assistance in the Ethiopian regions of Tigray. of the Amhara and Afar.
Amid allegations of widespread human rights violations on all sides, there are fears that thousands of people are being killed and more than two million have been forced to flee their homes, the UN says.
“Canada is on the side of all Ethiopian people. Documented violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law are deeply concerning,” said Global Affairs Canada.
“Canada calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an end to indiscriminate attacks on civilians and humanitarian personnel in northern Ethiopia. Humanitarian access must be guaranteed.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said she spoke with Ambassador Stephane Jobin about the developments.
“Our hearts are with all Canadians who are concerned for their loved ones in Ethiopia.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 7, 2021.