Make Herman Jay "Hank" Cohen persona non grata to Australia

Make Herman Jay "Hank" Cohen persona non grata to Australia

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Mareshet Meshesha started this petition to The Federal Government of Australia

Mr. Herman Jay "Hank" Cohen, former Ambassador and the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1989 - 1993, author of The Mind of the African Strongman; on 24 June 2019 broadcast a vile, erroneous and dangerous hate tweet against the Amara people of Ethiopia as follows......

..." Failed coup in #Ethiopia's Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead."

Mr. Cohen is regarded by many not just as a former diplomat but also as a respected expert commentator on African vis-a-vis Ethiopian politics. It is also a fact that he was instrumental in the implementation of the US plan of regime change in 1991 which resulted in landlocking Ethiopia caused by the independence of the restive province of Eritrea and the usurpation of political, economic and military power by the TPLF regime and the concomitant dismemberment of the Ethiopian unitary state and subsequent egregious abuse of her citizens. It was the then Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mr. Herman Jay "Hank" Cohen who instigated the coming together of three rebel groups, the TPLF, the OLF, and the ELF in London on 29 May 1991 to plan and execute the transfer of power to the TPLF and OLF coalition and conceding independence to ELF's Eritrea against the will of the people of Ethiopia. 

The crimes against humanity perpetrated by the TPLF regime have been recorded by reputable state and NGO bodies among which the European Parliament, The US Department of State, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, PEN International are the standouts to quote a few.

Although there is a semblance of political liberalization in Ethiopia currently, the Amara people have been and are still being subjected to genocide, crimes against humanity, internal displacement, economic discrimination et al. Mr. Cohen's unprovoked and erroneous commentary about Amara hegemony in Ethiopia is extremely dangerous and it is our belief that such vilification of the Amara will encourage perpetrators of such crimes the international cover for their wicked actions. Mr. Cohen was given a chance to apologize and make amends on many a forum but hasn't been forthcoming as at the date of the publishing of this petition.

We, Residents and Citizens of Australia of Ethiopian origin conclude that Mr. Herman Jay "Hank" Cohen's character stands against Australian values and is not befitting a person of his stature. We demand the Federal Government of Australia make Mr. Herman Jay Cohen a persona non grata -  an unacceptable, unwelcome person, for what he twitted to be judged hate mongering, destabilizing a defenseless nation and subjecting the Amara people to further human rights abuses.

On behalf of Australian Petitioners

Mareshet Meshesha

mareshetmeshesha@gmail.com

Mob +61459562377

 

 

 

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