The Times of London reports that David Steinman, an American economist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has called for the prosecution of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), over his alleged involvement in directing security forces in his Ethiopian homeland.
Tedros was the country’s health minister from 2005 to 2012 and its foreign minister until 2016, when his communist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a terrorist organization, was the main member of the ruling coalition.
Steinman lodged the complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, claiming that Tedros “was a crucial decision maker in relation to security service actions that included killing, arbitrarily detaining and torturing Ethiopians.” Steinman referred to a 2016 U.S. government report on human rights in Ethiopia which found the “civilian authorities at times did not maintain control over the security forces, and local police in rural areas and local militias sometimes acted independently.”
Steinman also accused Tedros of being involved in the “intimidation of opposition candidates and supporters,” including “arbitrary arrest… and lengthy pre-trial detention.” The complaint also alleged that Tedros oversaw the “killing, and causing serious bodily and mental harm to, members of the Amhara, Konso, Oromo and Somali tribes with intent to destroy those tribes in whole or in part.”
Tedros has denied the allegations, of course.