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Africa’s wants more than "climate change compensation" – Ethiopia’s PM


By Tesfa-alem Tekle

September 4,2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is elected to lead the African delegation to the Copenhagen World Climate Change conference said on Thursday that Africa demands more than just compensations to climate change damages from the rich nations.

"Africa’s primary interest is not to claim compensation to damages caused by global warming but to prevent that from happening most precisely because Africa’s ecosystems are amongst the most fragile in the world and hence highly vulnerable to catastrophic changes due to small changes in temperature." Meles said at a meeting of the African Partnership Forum on Climate Change in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

"Temperature rise of 2 degree centigrade is practically unavoidable" he underlined adding "Africa will live with the damage caused by the unavoidable levels of global warming hence we have no other option but to seek compensation and assistance to limit the damage."

“What we are not prepared to live with is global warming above the minimum avoidable level.”

Meles stressed that Africa would not accept any global deal that does not limit global warming to the minimum unavoidable level, "no matter what levels of compensation and assistance are promised to us." Meles stresses.

Developing nations accuse the rich of failing to take the lead in setting deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and say they are trying to get the poor to shoulder more of the burden of emission curbs without providing aid and technology.

The outlines of the AU climate position include calling on developed countries to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to a level 40 percent below their 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80 percent those levels by 2050, according to an AU report e-mailed to reporters last month.

The AU position also calls for developed countries to pay the developing world $200 billion by 2020 to help them reduce carbon emissions through projects like reforestation. The AU is asking developed countries to pay the developing world $67 billion a year to finance projects such as sea walls to adapt to the impacts of climate change like rising ocean levels.


Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who has become continent’s most outspoken advocate on climate change says a united Africa will demand equal partner status at the global climate summit and he threatens that African nations will walk out of the Copenhagen World Climate Change conference if their demands are undermined.

"I do not want to be misunderstood," said Meles, "Africa will not be there to express its participation by merely warming the chairs or making perfunctory statements. We want to be and deserve to be in the thick of it. While we will reason with everyone to achieve our objective, we will not rubber stamp an agreement by the powers that be as the best we could get for the moment. We will use our numbers to delegitimize any agreement that is not consistent with our minimal position.

"If needs be, we are prepared to walk out of any negotiations that threaten to be another rape of our continent."

The Ethiopian Prime Minister was chosen this week to lead the unified African delegation at the Copenhagen summit, where negotiations will take place on a successor to the Kyoto climate treaty.

Meles will head a 12-member delegation representing the 53-nation African Union in Copenhagen. He will be joined by AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, who holds the rotating AU chairmanship, and the leaders of Algeria, Congo, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda.


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  • 5 September 2009 05:54, by suffeeyo

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, had a very good record in African, he is the Prime minister put his people first, i don care he be in the power for longtime but if you look after your own people, that is what a called good leadership, unlike Sudan president Omar al-Bashir had been a dictated, had killed many people in the history of Sudan and the country left with no development, he the rude leader i had never see,

    So Mr, Prime Minister of Eathiopia you have to work hard on climate change in World Climate Change conference as you are elect to leader us in the continent. wish you all the best.

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  • 5 September 2009 08:25, by Samson Shawel Ambaye



    Genocide Watch is the Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide
    P.O. Box 809, Washington, D.C., USA 20044. Phone: 703-448-0222
    E-mail:genocidewatch@aol.com Website: www.genocidewatch.org
    March 23, 2009

    An Open Letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Justice Navanathem Pillay
    Petitions Team
    Office of the United Nations
    High Commissioner for Human Rights
    1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

    Dear Madame High Commissioner,
    Advocates of justice around the world are thrilled at the strong action the Prosecutor of the International
    Criminal Court has taken in issuing a warrant for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan, resulting in
    finally holding him accountable for the atrocities being committed in Darfur over the last six years. Under
    al-Bashir’s leadership, millions of Sudanese from Darfur, as well as from Southern Sudan, have suffered
    inconceivable harm, injustice and hardship.
    The action that the International Criminal Court has taken in this situation has restored hope to peace and
    justice loving people, affirming that international human rights law not only exists on paper, but in reality.
    It also sends an important message to perpetrators throughout the world that impunity for their crimes is not
    assured forever; which may be a primary reason that one of the first leaders to defend Omar al-Bashir and
    condemn the warrant was Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, whose government has also been
    implicated in a pattern of widespread perpetration of serious human rights atrocities in Ethiopia and in
    Somalia. He and those within his government may be keenly aware of their own vulnerability to similar
    actions by the ICC in the future that could upend a deeply entrenched system of government-supported
    impunity that has protected perpetrators from any accountability.
    I first became knowledgeable regarding the abhorrent human rights situation in Ethiopia when Genocide
    Watch and Survivors Rights International were called by the head of the Anuak Justice Council, Obang
    Metho, (now the leader of the newly formed Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia) to investigate the
    brutal massacre of 424 Anuak carried out in Gambella, Ethiopia in December of 2003. The Anuak are a
    tiny, dark-skinned ethnic group who live in a remote section of southeastern Ethiopia.
    Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) and civilian militia groups from another ethnic group utilized a
    prepared list to target Anuak leaders, many of whom were opposed to the government’s plan to exclude
    them from any involvement in the drilling for oil on their indigenous land. As militia groups chanted,
    “Today is the day for killing Anuak,” both the military and militias used machetes, axes and guns to kill the
    unarmed victims, frequently raping the women while chanting, “Now there will be no more Anuak
    Extra-judicial killings, rape, disappearances, destruction of livelihood and the displacement of thousands of
    Anuak continued into late 2005 before finally subsiding when the same Ethiopian National Defense Forces
    were moved to the Ogaden area of southeastern Ethiopia and into Somalia where similar atrocities were
    and still are being committed. A subsequent investigation of the Anuak massacre by Genocide Watch and
    Survivors Rights International to determine who was behind the human rights crimes, documented the
    existence of a plan called “Operation Sunny Mountain,” that could be traced to originating at the highest
    levels within the central government of Ethiopia.1
    1 See: http://genocidewatch.org/Today%20is%20the%20Day%20of%20Killing%20Anuaks.htm ;
    and updates at www.genocidewatch.org/alerts/anuak.htm ; and
    www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/ngos/IHRLC.pdf .

    Genocide Watch is the Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide
    P.O. Box 809, Washington, D.C., USA 20044. Phone: 703-448-0222
    E-mail:genocidewatch@aol.com Website: www.genocidewatch.org
    As a result of our investigation and based on our experience in international law and genocide, we
    concluded that the killing of the Anuak in Gambella, Ethiopia, fit the definitions of genocide and crimes
    against humanity. Human Rights Watch also conducted two investigations of their own and determined that
    the crimes against the Anuak meet the stringent definition of crimes against humanity.
    Most of the perpetrators in their report and in ours have never been brought to justice under the Ethiopian
    justice system due to the failings and corruption of that system. Despite the violation of international law,
    not only has no one has been held accountable for these crimes which occurred over five years ago, but
    worse than that, such crimes continue in other places in the country.
    Only some of these cases have been investigated by respected international human rights organizations, but
    where they have, findings consistently point to the involvement of the Ethiopian government in the inciting,
    the empowerment or the perpetration of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide, often
    justified by them as “counter-insurgency.”
    In light of these facts, I would strongly urge you to initiate an investigation of the situation in
    Ethiopia based on your proprio motu powers as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
    We believe that your investigation is justified due to the culture of impunity that exists within Ethiopia.
    Extensive documentation is available to examine the violations, most of which has been compiled in
    independent investigative reports completed by international human rights organizations. We also believe
    that the Ethiopian people have been waiting long enough for genuine justice and relief from the harsh
    oppression and brutal tactics committed by a government that purports to be a partner in the War on Terror,
    while terrorizing their own people. Addressing the EPRDF regime, friendly to Omar al-Bashir, may bring
    greater stability to the entire Horn of Africa.
    We are willing to provide assistance to you in carrying out this task because we, in Genocide Watch, and
    other human rights organizations are determined to pursue justice, even long after violations have occurred,
    as part of our mission. Investigative reports, contacts and other information can be provided should you
    need them.
    I thank you for the excellent work you are doing in combating impunity, the enemy of justice. Perpetrators
    of crimes against humanity must not be allowed to walk free. Genocide Watch will continue to do its part,
    collaborating with others, in pursuing additional ways to make such crimes carry a heavy penalty. One way
    is to work with domestic governments to make sure that those Ethiopians who have committed these crimes
    do not gain access to entry into western countries, something that is now supported through new legislation
    in many of the western countries. Additionally, in Canada, Europe and in the US, there are now laws giving
    authority to these governments to prosecute human rights perpetrators found within their new countries of
    residence should admissible evidence be found to charge them. The western countries should no longer act
    as a haven for such criminals.
    Thank you for your consideration of this request for the initiation of an investigation of genocide, crimes
    against humanity and war crimes in Ethiopia. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely yours,
    Dr. Gregory Stanton,
    President of Genocide Watch

    Obama scolded Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi
    April 3rd, 2009 | Categories: Ethiopia | 19 Comments
    U.S. President Barack Obama scolded Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi during a brief one-to-one encounter at the G20 meeting in London on April 2. Obama reportedly told Meles that the human rights condition in Ethiopia is deplorable and unacceptable.
    Following a meeting with Obama, Meles Zenawi, who was invited to represent New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) at the G20 meeting, abruptly canceled a press conference he was about to give.
    "His people gave no reasons for this. But insiders in the press center said Zenawi was worried about the kind of questions that were going to be put to him concerning human rights violations within Ethiopia and his dealing with his opponents and Ethiopia’s neighbors," Henry Gombya of BSN reported.
    "The African continent really wasn’t heard; South African President Motlanthe said he didn’t speak for the continent and Meles Zenawi cowered in the shadows," Gombya writes.

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    • 5 September 2009 13:24, by Aduol Liet

      African Leaders can not define what is Climate Change.?

      They did not know how to define some one committed crimes like this stupid man of Sudan Omar Hassan al Bashir, he is cause of genocide in the Sudan. African Learders are so a shameful to defending criminal wanted in the world. Africa Continent have 54 Countries and within 54 nations 11 Countries of them, are leading by Muslim Arab Africa and I am not a mathematican to tell you how many Countries have remains if you take a way 11 Countries from 54 the whole Africa nations, but that 10 Leaders plus Muammar Gaddafi who have fool 43 African Leaders to support criminal Omar al Bashir, how came Africa Leaders will understand the Climate Change when they all defending criminal committed genocide in the Sudan.?Lackness of Leadership in Africa is a disaster one and it is remain to be seen.

      Aduol Liet.

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