Those giving support to Tigray genocide risk future US federal prosecution


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has described the violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “ethnic cleansing“.

American citizens or legal resident aliens could be subject to fines up to $1 million or imprisonment up to 20 years for inciting, conspiracy, attempting or direct involvement with genocide. The first step to declaring a genocide in Tigray by Eritrean and Ethiopian governments has been taken by the declaration of “ethnic cleansing” by United States Secretary of State Tony Blinken this week. Additionally the US Embassy in Eritrea called once again for the complete withdrawal of Eritrea from Tigray. Numerous interviews with various US government officials has indicated that the US has been holding off on full designation pending further negotiations. However, so far no real progress has been made.

Ethiopia diaspora and others acting in substantial support of the state sponsored genocide in Tigray should understand the implications if an official genocide designation is given.

Section 1091 of Title 18, United States Code, prohibits genocide whether committed in time of peace or time of war. Genocide is defined in § 1091 and includes violent attacks with the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. There is Federal jurisdiction if the offense is committed within the United States. There is also Federal extraterritorial jurisdiction when the offender is a national of the United States.

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

One thought on “Those giving support to Tigray genocide risk future US federal prosecution”

  1. While the world remains indifferent, there is active genocide going on in northern Ethiopia since a year ago by Ethiopian and Eritrean regimes against the people of Tigray. The Ethiopian and Eritrean governments have blocked anything from coming in including much needed food and medicine causing man made starvation. There is no electricity, water, food, medicine, banking, gas , internet and any other communication in Tigray. Most of all, no independent media has been prevented from going to Tigray to hide the crime from the rest of the world. More than one third of Tigray land is occupied by the Amharas and Eritrean soldiers effectively causing starvation. Ethiopian, Somalian, and Eritrean soldiers have massacred the people, raped tens if thousands of women, uprooted millions and now endured starvation. So far hundreds of thousands of innocent Tegarus have been killed.
    Tegarus out of Tigray have not been spared from the genocide. Just yesterday tens of thousands of Tegarus were forced to parade in the capital city supporting the government’s cruel action. More than a hundred thousands of Tegarus have been kep in different concentrations camps and many have been sent to Eritrea. I am sure the US embassy has the facts.
    I have lost a brother and a nephew. There is no Tigraway who have not lost a close loved one. Only the US has the means to end the genocide.

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