Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Atrocities in Tigray

 All sides in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict have violated international human rights, some of which may amount to crimes against humanity, a joint investigation by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the UN Human Rights Office says.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the conflict had been marked by extreme brutality. 

The report details a series of violations and abuses, including unlawful killings and extra-judicial executions, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, violations against refugees and forced displacement of civilians.

"There are reasonable grounds to believe all parties to the conflict... either directly attacked civilians and civilian objects, such as houses, schools, hospitals, and places of worship, or carried out indiscriminate attacks resulting in civilian casualties and destruction or damage to civilian objects," the report states.

Unlawful or extrajudicial killings and executions have also been recorded.

The report details how a Tigrayan youth group known as Samri killed more than 200 ethnic Amhara civilians in Mai Kadra in November last year. Revenge killings were then committed against ethnic Tigrayans in the same town.

Members of the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) killed more than 100 civilians in Axum in central Tigray later that month, the report says.

"War crimes may have been committed since there are reasonable grounds to believe that persons taking no direct part in hostilities were wilfully killed by parties to the conflict," the report says.

It also cites cases of sexual violence including gang rape.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Report says war crimes may have been committed - BBC News

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