UN urges Ethiopia to allow experts probe war crimes allegation


The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on Ethiopia to allow independent experts conduct an investigation into allegation of murders and sexual violence in the Tigray region, which may amount to war crimes.

Michelle Bachelet said she had received distressing reports of killings, rape, destruction and looting.

Ethiopian federal troops deployed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have been fighting forces of the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Thousands of people have been killed in the area where hundreds of thousands of people were dependent on food aid before the conflict began, according to the UN.

The UN says the Ethiopian and Eritrean armed forces, the TPLF and Amhara Regional Forces are all implicated in the alleged war crimes.

A statement from Ms. Bachelet said her office had corroborated information about indiscriminate shelling in three towns and reports of grave human rights violations and abuses, including mass killings in Aksum by Eritrean armed forces.

Ms. Bachelet said victims and survivors must not be denied their rights to the truth and justice. (Source: BBC)