David Steinman, an American economist nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has called for the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, to be prosecuted for genocide.
In a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Steinman has accused Ghebreyesus of supporting genocide in Ethiopia by being a crucial decision-maker about the actions of security forces in the country. Steinman said these actions involved killing, detaining and torturing many indigenous people, such as those that belong to the Amhara, Konso, Oromo and Somali tribes.
To back up his allegations, Steinman cited a 2016 U.S. Government report on human rights in Ethiopia. That report found that local police in rural areas and local militias sometimes “acted independently.” Additionally, the report mentioned “other undocumented crimes” allegedly enacted by Ethiopia’s security forces.
Steinman, who served as a senior foreign adviser to Ethiopia’s democratic movement more than two decades ago, also accused Ghebreyesus of playing a part in the “intimidation of opposition candidates and supporters,” including their arbitrary arrest and lengthy pre-trial detention….