Reports of Mass Atrocities in West Tigray

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The United States reiterates its deep concern over continued reports of ethnically motivated atrocities committed by Amhara authorities in western Tigray, Ethiopia, including those described in a recent joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. In particular, we are deeply disturbed by the report’s findings that this act constituted ethnic cleansing.

We note with extreme caution that thousands of Ethiopians of ethnic Tigray are reported to continue to be arbitrarily detained in life-threatening conditions in western Tigray. We urge the immediate release of the remaining detainees and request the relevant authorities to grant international monitors access to all detention facilities. We remain firm in our stance that there must be a credible investigation and accountability for the atrocities committed by any party to the conflict as part of a long-term solution to the crisis. We urge the Government of Ethiopia to cooperate with the United Nations Commission of Experts on Human Rights in Ethiopia.

Follow-up reports on atrocities underscore the urgency to end the military conflict. We strongly support the declaration of a cessation of hostilities by the Government of Ethiopia and the regional authorities of Tigray and welcome the news that they have been followed by the initial convoy of life-saving aid. In accordance with this declaration, we renew our call on all armed actors to abandon and end human rights abuses and violence against civilians. The United States reiterated its call for all foreign troops to withdraw from Ethiopia as well as regional state authorities to remove their security forces from neighboring regions.

We continue to urge all parties to take the necessary steps to ensure a cessation of hostilities, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access, transparent investigations into human rights abuses and abuses by all actors, and a negotiated resolution to the conflict in Ethiopia.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the US Embassy in Ethiopia.

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Reports of Mass Atrocities in West Tigray

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