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UN Calls Attention to Sexual Violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 22, 2021

ፋሺስት ኢጣልያ እንኳን ለመስራት ያልደፈረውን ግፍ ነው እነዚህ የዲያብሎስ የግብር ልጆች ምን ባላደረጋቸው በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየፈጸሙ ያሉት። ወደ ሲዖል የመውረጃችሁን ቀን ያፍጥነው እና፤ የአቡነ አረጋዊ ልጆች ዛሬ ተሰባስብን ቃል የገባነውን ልንገራችሁ፤ በጸሎት ብቻ አይደለም ገሃነም እሳት እንድትቃጠሉ የምንተጋው፤ ዛሬ ቴክኖሎጂውን ለማግኘት በጣም ቀላል ነው፤ ዘር ማንዘራችሁንና መላው ነገዳችሁን ሁሉ በደቂቃ የምናጠፋበት ጊዜ እርቁ አይሆንም!

The United Nations is urging a “zero tolerance” policy for crimes of sexual violence in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region.

According to a statement from Pramila Patten, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, there has been a high number of reported rapes in the capital, M, as well as reports that some women are being forced by “military elements” to have sex in exchange for basic commodities.

It remains critical that humanitarian actors and independent human rights monitors be granted immediate, unconditional and sustained access to the entirety of the Tigray region, including IDP [internally displaced people] and refugee camps where new arrivals have allegedly reported cases of sexual violence,” Patten said in a statement.

Recent news reports say the Ethiopian government has not responded to the allegations of rapes in Mekelle.

According to the U.N., 59,000 Ethiopians have fled to Sudan, while some 5,000 Eritrean refugees are living in “dire” conditions in the area of Shire. The U.N. says 25 of the refugees are women and girls of reproductive age.

I call on all parties involved in the hostilities in the Tigray region to commit to a zero-tolerance policy for crimes of sexual violence, in line with their respective obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law,” Patten said.

I call on the government of Ethiopia to further exercise its due diligence obligations to protect all civilians from sexual and other violence, regardless of their ethnic origin and those displaced by conflict, and to promptly allow for an independent inquiry into all allegations of sexual and other forms of violence, to establish the facts and hold perpetrators accountable, provide redress to victims, and prevent further grave violations.”

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