UN Special Advisor Expresses Grave Concern Over Rising Threat of Genocide in Ethiopia

UN Special Advisor Expresses Grave Concern Over Rising Threat of Genocide in Ethiopia

UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, has expressed grave concern over the escalating threat of genocide and related crimes in Ethiopia. Nderitu drew attention to the ongoing battles between government military forces and local militias, emphasizing the urgent need to address serious human rights violations, including mass executions, sexual assault, and property destruction.

Nderitu highlighted incidents of ethnic violence against Tigrayan citizens, including gang rape and the use of disparaging language during attacks. She also voiced concern about reports of Eritrean forces in Ethiopia and called for accountability actions to be taken against them.

The conflict in Ethiopia began in November 2020 as a result of tensions between the TPLF and government forces. It resulted in widespread atrocities, including ethnic cleansing and armed drone assaults. Although the fighting officially ended in November 2022 with the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA), subsequent reports have revealed several instances of sexual attacks against women in the Tigray region, often perpetrated by multiple individuals. The EHRC also documented a significant number of civilian deaths and injuries due to heavy artillery fire in the Amhara region.

Nderitu emphasized that Ethiopia’s current situation presents numerous danger factors for genocide and other atrocities. She called for regional and international communities to work together to halt the violence and mitigate its destructive consequences.

 

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