Wera Hobhouse has raised the concerns of a Bath constituent whose family have been detained in Ethiopia, amidst an ongoing conflict in Tigray.
The constituent, who remains anonymous, has family members in Tigray who she has been struggling to contact and other family in the capital who have been detained. It has been reported that thousands of people have been detained. Raising concerns, Wera Hobhouse pressed the Government to outline efforts they have made with the international community to ensure that all those who are unlawfully detained across Ethiopia are released. The Minister responded that she had spoken to her counterpart in Ethiopia.
Commenting after, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse said:
“There are hugely concerning reports of widespread human rights abuses in Tigray on all sides in the current conflict. The Government must do its utmost to ensure the release of all of those who are unlawfully detained in Ethiopia and to support a democratic and peaceful end to the fighting. My heart goes out to my constituent and their family, and to all those who are suffering in the conflict.There is also a real need for humanitarian aid as the fighting has forced many people in Tigray, and in neighbouring Wollo and Amhara, to flee their homes.”