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UN Human Rights Council to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia


UN Human Rights Council to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia

United Nations, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday to set up an independent investigation into abuses in the Ethiopian conflict, after a senior UN official said there had been violations on all sides and mass arrests under a government crackdown.

In a special session held at the request of the European Union, delegates were informed that nine out of 10 people in Ethiopia are in need of humanitarian aid.

International concern increased due to recent escalation of hostilities in northern Ethiopia, which threatens to destabilize the entire country and the Horn of Africa region.

According to the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif, over 400,000 people in Tigray are likely to be living in famine-like conditions.

Since UN aid workers sounded the alarm in June, we have only been able to get limited aid into the region, Ms. Al-Nashif regretted.

Ms. Al-Nashif claimed that at least two million people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions were forcibly displaced by the conflict and many of them are not receiving any assistance they really need to stay alive.

21 nations voted in favor of this initiative, 15 against and 11 abstentions. The team will be made up of three human rights experts.

Ms. Al-Nashif urged the Ethiopian government to roll out fair and independent procedures addressing the full range of identified violations such as arbitrary detentions and crimes against humanity.


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