March 7, 2022
GENVA (Reuters) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday that the situation in northern Ethiopia had worsened since November and that its office had received reports of widespread violations, including rape and deadly airstrikes.
Michelle Bachelet told the Geneva Human Rights Council that her staff had recorded 304 deaths and injured 373 people in airstrikes “apparently carried out by the Ethiopian air force” in the Tigray and Afar districts.
The government has regularly refused to target civilians in the 16-month-old war that Ethiopia’s federal forces are fighting against the rebel forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Ethiopia’s representative on the Human Rights Council, Mahlet Hailu Guadey, rejected Bachelet’s statement on Monday, saying it was contrary to the facts on the ground.
“Ethiopia is complying with its national and international human rights obligations,” Mahlet said. Ethiopian military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the same speech, Bachelet said her office had received reports of 306 rapes by Tigrayan troops in Amhara province in November-December. 2021. Reuters has interviewed women in Amhara province who have described gang rape by Tigers.
Getachew Reda, a TPLF spokesman, said he could not comment on what he called public accusations.
“Regardless of such allegations, we are open to independent investigation into these and other similar allegations,” he added.
Aid workers say civilians have been killed in several airstrikes, including a bomb attack https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/aid-workers-say-ethiopia-air-strike-northwest-tigray-killed-56-people – 2022-01-08 on the eve of the Christian orthodox in Ethiopia celebrating Christmas Eve in the town of Dedebit, in the northwestern part of Tigray, near the border with Eritrea in January.
The Ethiopian government and army did not respond to requests for comment at the time.
(Reports by Emma Farge and Giulia Paravicini; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Andrew Heavens)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says airstrikes have claimed hundreds of lives since November in Ethiopia
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