Nearly a year after the ceasefire in the conflict in northern Ethiopia, UN experts warned of continuing atrocities.
The statement was made by the International Commission of Experts on Human Rights in Ethiopia, which was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in December 2021 to conduct full and impartial investigations.
The Commission investigates allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law, as well as violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in Ethiopia committed since November 2020 by all parties to the conflict, including potential gender dimensions of such violations and abuses.
“Nearly a year since the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Ethiopia, atrocities, war crimes and crimes against humanity are still being committed in the country and peace remains elusive,” the commission said in its latest report released on Monday. .
“The situation in Ethiopia remains extremely grave,” a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) quoted commission chairman Mohamed Chande Othman as saying.
“While the signing of the agreement may have mostly silenced the guns, it has not resolved the conflict in the north of the country, especially in Tigray, nor has it brought about any comprehensive peace,” Othman added. “Violent clashes are now on a near-national scale, with alarming reports of violations against civilians in the Amhara region and ongoing atrocities in Tigray.”
Earlier this year, the Ethiopian government released its draft “Ethiopia’s Policy Options for Transitional Justice”, launching a series of consultations on a possible domestic transitional justice process.
The commission, however, said the process has been rushed to meet an arbitrary deadline set by the government and has not engaged enough people in many areas, including Ethiopian refugees living in neighboring countries.
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