UN agrees to probe with Ethiopia into Tigray massacres

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The exercise promises to be perilous. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has accepted Ethiopia’s request for a joint investigation into the humanitarian consequences following the conflict in Tigray, northern region of the country, said on Wednesday. a UN spokesperson.

Residents of Tigray have denounced to human rights organizations and journalists, massacres and large-scale sexual violence against civilians perpetrated by the security forces in the region, but also by the Eritrean army . Humanitarian organizations have also claimed that the health system in Tigray has been seriously affected by the conflict and warned of the risk of large-scale famine.

“The High Commissioner responded positively on Monday to the request of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for a joint investigation,” Jonathan Fowler, communications officer at the Human Rights Office, told AFP. of the UN man. A plan is being put in place to allow the mission to launch as quickly as possible, he added. How will the impartiality of this investigation be guaranteed, Ethiopia being judge and party?

For lack of better

Michelle Bachelet called for an international investigation. But, despite the insistence of NGOs, the Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva until next week, will not support this request. The member countries of the body have not planned any resolution on the situation in Tigray. Heavyweight on the African continent, Ethiopia continues to enjoy strong support, just as it has so far escaped condemnation by the UN Security Council.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched a military intervention in early November aimed at overthrowing the ruling party in the region, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of which he accused the forces for attacking federal army bases. He declared victory on November 28, but some of the TPLF leaders, whom the government all want to see disarmed and imprisoned, are on the run and the fighting continues.

Access to Tigray has improved recently, but for weeks a communications blackout and travel restrictions made it difficult to know the situation on the ground.

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