A civil society organisation has launched a lawsuit in opposition to Ethiopian Airways, accusing the state-owned provider of discriminating in opposition to ethnic Tigrayans. The go well with introduced by Human Rights First, an area NGO, claims the airline is stopping “Tigrayans aged 15 to 60” from shopping for tickets for flights from the northern Tigray area to Addis Ababa, the federal capital. It additionally claims the corporate has elevated ticket costs for the route as a type of “collective sanction” in opposition to the folks of Tigray. The group claims this violates Ethiopia’s structure, which accommodates articles making certain equality amongst ethnic teams and guaranteeing freedom of motion. For a lot of the battle, Tigray was lower off from the remainder of Ethiopia, with communications and transport hyperlinks severed. Flights between Addis Ababa and the Tigrayan cities of Shire and Mekelle, the regional capital, resumed in late December after the signing of a ceasefire a month earlier than. Ethiopian Airways is Africa’s largest air provider and transported 12.7 million passengers final yr.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN