December 25, 2020
from HangTheCensors Website
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 (ICC), 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.
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,
Steinman's case will proceed if prosecutors choose to adopt it.
Ghebreyesus allegedly backs rebel groups
Ghebreyesus is no stranger to controversy.
Although Jula did not offer any evidence to substantiate his allegations against Ghebreyesus, it is relevant to note that the WHO director-general was health minister when the communist TPLF ruled Ethiopia.
Nonetheless, Western diplomats in Geneva said that because of the lack of evidence, there was no rush to try Ghebreyesus or move to challenge him at the WHO.
Conduct during coronavirus pandemic
Jula's televised allegations and Steinman's formal complaint against Ghebreyesus came hard on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to have the U.S. withdraw from the WHO amid the pandemic.
Nerissa Cook added that the organization can begin its reform by demonstrating its independence from the Chinese Communist Party. (read Japanese VP - The WHO should be renamed the 'Chinese Health Organization.')
Trump's decision to withdraw also means the U.S. will no longer pay its dues, which amounts to $60 million.
The withdrawal will take effect in July 2021. Trump also instructed his administration to halt funding and to wind down cooperation with the organization.
In August, just a month before Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the WHO, Ghebreyesus had said he hopes the U.S. will reconsider its plan to leave the organization.
Ghebreyesus added that the problem with the U.S. is not about the money.