UN human rights chief requests for access to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Ethiopia on Thursday to grant U.N. monitors access to the Tigray region to investigate reports of continuing killings and sexual violence that may amount to war crimes. In a statement, she said that multiple parties to the conflict had been identified as possible perpetrators, including the… Read More UN human rights chief requests for access to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Ethiopia’s Tigray regional forces give conditions for peace with government

Forces fighting Ethiopia’s military in the Tigray region laid out eight conditions on Friday for beginning peace talks, including the appointment of an international mediator and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered air strikes and a ground offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – the former ruling party in… Read More Ethiopia’s Tigray regional forces give conditions for peace with government

Ethiopia’s Tigray region former leader vows extended resistance

The former ruling party in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray is committed to “extended resistance”, according to an audio message purporting to be from its leader, who accused federal government forces and their allies of rape and looting. The comments attributed to Debretsion Gebremichael would be the first public statement from him since November 11,… Read More Ethiopia’s Tigray region former leader vows extended resistance

Ethiopia set to hold parliamentary election in mid-2021

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Abiy’s Prosperity Party, a pan-Ethiopian movement he founded a year ago, faces challenges from increasingly strident ethnically-based parties seeking more… Read More Ethiopia set to hold parliamentary election in mid-2021

Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

The Ethiopian government launched a manhunt on Sunday for leaders of a rebellious faction in the northern region of Tigray after announcing federal troops had taken over the regional capital Mekelle and military operations were complete. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said hospitals in Mekelle are running low on supplies such as… Read More Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed meets with African peace envoys over Tigray crisis

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government will protect civilians in the northern region of Tigray, he told African peace envoys on Friday, a day after he announced the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive there. But a statement issued after their meeting made no mention of talks with the Tigray People’s Liberation… Read More Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed meets with African peace envoys over Tigray crisis

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed gives Tigray forces 72-hour ultimatum to surrender

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. “We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognising that you are at the point of no return,” Abiy said in a Twitter message on Sunday evening. Tigrayan forces… Read More Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed gives Tigray forces 72-hour ultimatum to surrender

Ethiopian forces push towards Tigray capital as government rebuff calls for diplomatic mediation

The Ethiopian government said on Saturday its forces had seized another town in their advance on the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region, and rebuffed an African diplomatic push to mediate. More than two weeks into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s offensive, his government said Tigrayan forces were digging in and using bulldozers to plough up… Read More Ethiopian forces push towards Tigray capital as government rebuff calls for diplomatic mediation