Ethiopia: crimes against humanity probably committed according to UN experts

In a report for the UN Human Rights Council, a group of experts call on international bodies to act against the crimes committed in Ethiopia.

War crimes and crimes against humanity have likely been committed during the conflict that has torn Ethiopia apart since late 2020, a group of experts said Monday in a report for the UN Human Rights Council. .

“The Commission is deeply troubled by what it has found because it reflects deep ethnic polarization and hatred in Ethiopia,” the report said.

“This has created a worrying cycle of extreme violence that is met with retaliation, further increasing the imminent risk of new, even more serious atrocities,” experts say.

They urge international and regional bodies to “take measures that will restore peace, stability and security and avoid new violations” of human rights.

The Tigray authorities reacted to these accusations on Monday. “We have always maintained” that the Ethiopian government was responsible for crimes against humanity, said Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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Obstacles to the investigation

The UN experts also call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to constantly monitor the situation and to continue to call on the parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee rights.

The Commission – which also detailed the numerous obstacles that limited its on-site investigation – was established for one year by resolution S-33/1 on December 17, 2021, to carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the allegations of repeated violations. human rights.

The conflict erupted in early November 2020 when the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against the Tigrayan rebels of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) controlling this region of northern Ethiopia.

The resumption of fighting in northern Ethiopia on August 24 shattered a five-month truce.

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