Open Letter to Georgetown University
A Disgraceful Award to a Criminal.
Mrs. Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Mr. Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian dictator, set to be honored and awarded by Georgetown University for her purported role in HIV/AIDS control is not your ordinary first lady that does ceremonial duties, oversees humanitarian works or runs charitable organizations that many first ladies commonly do.
Mrs. Azeb Mesfin is a member of the Central Committee of the TPLF, the hard core of the ruling party the TPLF/EPRDF, and one of a handful of people that control everything in Ethiopia. She is also a member of an illegitimate parliament who secured her election through intimidation like all other TPLF/ EPRDF parliamentarians who were rejected by the people but made their way through the daylight robbery of votes in the election of May 2005. The robbery of the votes and widespread rigging of the election by Mrs. Zenawi’s party is well documented by the testimony of Observers of the European Union and the Carter Center. This corrupt lady also runs numerous multimillion dollar business conglomerates that are directly controlled by the ruling party TPLF with little government oversight and accountability.
Mrs. Azeb Mesfin is a member of the leadership of a government that has killed hundreds of unarmed protestors in June and November 2005, confirmed to be a massacre by none other than the Inquiry Commission, whose members were hand picked by her husband. The Chairman of the Inquiry Commission and two other colleagues had to flee the country with the documents to tell the truth to the world including the United States Congress. Mrs. Zenawi was watching from her palace as tens of thousands of young people were arrested and sent to malaria infested concentration camps in the lowlands of Ethiopia where many died of hunger and disease.
Like her husband, this lady’s hands are soaked in the blood of the Ethiopian people.
The award is too ironic for a woman, whose ruling party TPLF has used one razor blade to dry shave multiple political prisoners in a country where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is one of the highest in the world.
How blind are the officials of Georgetown University to these crimes against humanity? Couldn’t they have, at least, talked to one Ethiopian on the streets of Washington DC or any of the Ethiopian students studying at the University? We wonder.
Georgetown University is putting a huge black spot on its good name and reputation
This Award is a disgrace and a shame on the part of those who made the decision on behalf of the University.
Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans Against Tyranny in Ethiopia.