As Ethiopian refugees flee to Sudan, advocates push for war crimes prosecution

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(Source: Middle East Eye, 04 December 2020) –

Human rights activists are increasingly calling into question the decision to award Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, as his military operation in the country’s Tigray region continues to displace thousands into neighbouring Sudan.

A number of international human rights organisations have already begun investigations over allegations of abuses carried out by the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) in Tigray since fighting began on 4 November.

Some hope that testimonies from the more than 45,000 people who have fled Tigray for Sudan will help with an indictment similar to that levelled at former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir in the International Criminal Court (ICC), on the basis of evidence gathered from the victims of the deposed ruler’s conflict in Darfur and other regions. Continue Reading

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