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Ethiopia: Removal of Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani’s Mausoleum

The Honorable Nicola Zingaretti
Governor of Lazio Province, Italy

Subject: Removal of Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani’s Mausoleum

The Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause presents its compliments to H.E. Mr. Nicola Zingaretti, Governor of Lazio Region in Italy and submits this appeal for consideration.

It is to be recalled that the Fascist criminal, Rodolfo Graziani, had perpetrated, in his capacity as governor of Ethiopia during the Italian occupation of that country, serious crimes against humanity including the massacre of 30,000 innocent people in only three days (February 19-21, 1937) in Addis Ababa as well as over 2,000 monks and parishioners at the renowned Ethiopian monastery of Debre Libanos. The total number of the Ethiopian people massacred by the Fascists is known to be one million including several young educated Ethiopians trained abroad with the nation’s limited resource. In addition, 2,000 churches, 525,000 homes and 14 million animals were destroyed. It is known that the Fascists used various war materials including the internationally forbidden chemical weapon of mustard gas. It is also well known that Rodolfo Graziani and his Fascist criminals looted huge quantities of Ethiopian properties which have still not be returned. Rodolfo Graziani is also known as “the butcher of Libya” for the massacre that was committed under his leadership.

Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani                                              Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani

It was, therefore, with a great deal of astonishment and disappointment that we learned in August, 2012 that a mausoleum was established for the Fascist criminal, Rodolfo Graziani, even as per Italian laws, in the presence of a Vatican representative at the town of Affile.

Your Excellency will recall that we had written a letter of appeal to you dated 16/4/13 and, later, a reminder dated 7/11/15.

It was with a great deal of pleasure and appreciation that we found out from the official bulletin of the Lazio Provincial Authority dated 13/3/15 that it had decided on the removal of the Graziani mausoleum expeditiously as well as the termination of the budget provided for operating the mausoleum failing which legal action would be undertaken. We take this opportunity to express our utmost appreciation and thanks to Your Excellency, the Lazio Provincial Authority and supporters of our cause throughout the world including Italy for the support provided in the quest of removing the Graziani mausoleum.

Although the decision was highly encouraging and an action that was expected from a democratic nation that has a deep respect for justice and human rights, we are deeply concerned that the court case regarding the Graziani mausoleum has been postponed repeatedly to the extent that the prosecution might not achieve the required result.

We understand that the Graziani mausoleum court  case is now due on 11/27/17. We, therefore, appeal to Your Excellency to kindly take the necessary action so that, finally, thanks to God, a verdict for the removal of the mausoleum would be achieved.

With the compliments of our highest consideration,

Yours faithfully,

Kidane Alemayehu
Executive Director

CC: H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

CC: The Ethiopian Embassy in Rome

CC: The Italian Embassy in Ethiopia

CC: The Secretary General United Nations, New York

CC: The African Union

CC: The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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