Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Office of the Prosecutor
International Criminal Court
Fax: +31 70 515 8123
Re: Complaint of Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Ethiopian Government against the Anuak people.
Dear Mr. Prosecutor,
Anuak Justice Council is submitting a claim to the International Criminal Court
of Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Ethiopian Government against
the Anuak People pursuant to The Rome Statute of the International Criminal
Court where three elements that constitute crimes against humanity were
established: 1) the perpetration of an enumerated act, 2) committed as part of
a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians, and 3) with the
perpetrators having knowledge of the widespread or systematic attack. Although
Based on a careful application of international legal standards to the crimes committed, it is evident that the Ethiopian government has committed the following crimes against humanity as defined in the statute: murder, deportation or forcible transfer of a population, rape, and the persecution of an identifiable group.
The Anuak Justice Council brings this
claim regarding the actions of the Ethiopian Defense Forces of the Federal
Democratic Republic of Ethiopia against the Anuak people of the Gambella region
The Anuak Justice Council is well aware of the challenges that face the investigation of crimes of international concern and above all of Crimes against Humanity committed by the Ethiopian government against the Anuak in the Gambella region. We fully intend to remain engaged in respect to this matter and to do everything within our power to assist your Office and the Court in giving effect to the above recommendations.
In conclusion, the ethnic Anuak, who have been the victims of Crimes against Humanity, deserve justice and reparations. Their right to redress for the egregious crimes they suffered must not be overlooked. We look forward to hearing from you and to pursuing this dialogue with you on these issues.
Obang Metho Prepared By:
Director for International Advocacy Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)
Anuak Justice Council
 See generally M. Cherif
Against Humanity in International Criminal Law, Kluwer
Law International, 1999, pp. 210-217; Prosecutor
v. Furundzjia, No. IT-95-17/1, para. 227, Dec. 10, 1998 (“In many areas, the [