Eritrean, Amhara forces must withdraw from Tigray: US

(Source: AA.com, by Servet Günerigök, Washington, 28 Februray 2021 Top diplomat says those responsible for violence must be held accountable The US said Saturday it is gravely concerned about reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, calling for Eritrean and Amhara forces there to withdraw. “We strongly condemn the killings, forced […]

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U.S. Calls for International Probe Into Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis

(Source: Bloomberg News, Samuel Gebre, 28 Februry 2021) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an end to fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and an international investigation of reported atrocities there. In a statement Saturday, Blinken appealed for a cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and […]

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U.S. is ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of abuses in Ethiopia

(Source: AP, By ANDREW MELDRUM, JOHANNESBURG, 28 February 2021) –   The U.S. is “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the toughest statement yet from the U.S. on Ethiopia’s ongoing conflict. Accounts of atrocities by Ethiopian forces against residents of […]

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Map of verified Victims of the war on Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 27 February 2021) – “Related to civilian damage, maximum caution was taken. In just 3 weeks of fighting, in any district, in Humera, Adi Goshu, … Aksum, …, Edaga Hamus, …. The defence forces never killed a single civilian in a single town. No soldier from any country could display better competence.” Those were the words of […]

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Ethiopian army, Eritrea and Amhara forces destroyed Tigray’s 30-year development, says interim official

(Source: Tghat, 27 February 2021) – Engineer Alula Habteab, Head of the Bureau of Construction, Road and Tarsport in the Abiy-Ahmed-installed puppet interim administration of Tigray said, in a press briefing, that Ethiopian Defence Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces and Amhara Forces have completely destroyed Tigray’s 30-year development work. Alula Habteab said that although it is […]

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ፀሎተን ከስመዓ

(ብዓለሙ, 21 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም) –  ፀሎተን ከስመዓ አዕዋፍ ጭው ጭው በላ ንጉሆ ብወጋሕታ ብዝማረ ቕኒት አስምኤን ኢው ኢውታ ኳሕኳሕታ በዚሑ ድምፂ ናረበሸን ናብ ሰማይ በረራ ራሐቓ ደንጊፀን ኹለን ተአኪበን ኸዳ ናብ ማርያም ፂዮን ኹነታት ክነግራ ከስማዓ ፀሎተን ሰራዊት መፂኡ ሰይጣን ልሰረሮ ካብ ጉድጓድ ዝወፅአ አሲሩ ዘንበሮ ሰብ ዝመስል ድያብሎስ ብሰብ ተመሲሉ ሰይጣን ተግባራቱ ጨካን […]

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Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

(Source: US Department of State) PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2021 The United States is gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and […]

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Immediate withdrawal of Eritrean, Amhara region forces from Tigray, unilateral cessation of hostilities by all & unhindered delivery of assistance: Antony J. Blinken

(Source: Addis Standard Addis Ababa) –  In his first official statement since becoming the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken said “the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray” are essential first steps to end “reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.” They should be accompanied by unilateral declarations […]

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Tigray Victim Pleads for Justice After Eritrean Soldiers Massacre Civilians

(Source: VOA News, By Salem Solomon, Gebre Gebremedhin, 27 February 27, 2021 02:20 AM) –  Guesh Liasanewerk’s family had just gathered to celebrate the birth of his sister’s child born four days earlier. Sitting in their home in a rural area outside of the historic Ethiopian city of Axum, they were interrupted by Eritrean soldiers storming […]

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Ethnic cleansing being committed in Southern and Western Tigray

(Sorce: Middle East Monitor, 27 February 2021) –   Ethiopian officials and militia fighters are carrying out a systematic ethnic cleansing operation in the state of Tigray, according to a confidential US government report, Anadolu Agency reports. The report obtained by the New York Times documents a land of looted houses and abandoned villages where […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded

(Source: BBC News) Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray killed hundreds of people in Aksum mainly over two days in November, witnesses say. The mass killings on 28 and 29 November may amount to a crime against humanity, Amnesty International says in a report. An eyewitness told the BBC how bodies remained […]

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Ethiopia 24 hours of mass executions and unspeakable violence in Axum as told by witnesses

(Source: Sky News, by John Sparks, 27 February 2021) –  Axum is a historical city – an ancient site of pilgrimage in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. But a vicious conflict arrived in this community on the morning of 28 November, and it was signalled by the crack of gunfire from the surrounding hills. These […]

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Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says

(Source: New York Times) – A confidential U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden’s first major test in Africa. By Declan Walsh  Feb. 26, 2021, 6:47 p.m. ET NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopian officials and allied […]

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A confidential US report documents “systematic ethnic cleansing” in the Ethiopian province of Tigray

(Source: aljazeera, 27 February 2021) –  The New York Times said it had seen a confidential US government report saying that Ethiopian government officials and militia fighters allied with them are leading a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in Tigray. The New York Times said it had seen a confidential US government report saying that Ethiopian […]

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A statement of the Inter-religious Council of Tigray on the existing circumstances of the people of Tigray

(Source: Tghat) –  To begin with, for those who have died as a result of war- heaven, for those who grieve- condolence, for those harmed- may God send His Mercy, as for the rest of our people we wish peace, health and justice. The founding ambition of the Inter-religious Council of Tigray is to work […]

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‘Blanket of sadness’ covers conflict-hit Mekele, Tigray capital

(Source: AFP and Yahoo,  By Robbie Corey-Boulet, February 26, 2021, 10:17 AM) –  Interim head of Tigray administration, Mulu Nega, asked if Eritrean troops needed to go told AFP: “Of course, it’s very clear.” For nearly two decades, the hilltop museum flanked by weeping willow trees showcased the military might of the Tigray region’s ruling party, […]

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Amnesty accuses Eritrea and Ethiopia of committing atrocities together

(Source: Channel 4 News)  The massacre in Axum showing bodies been collected from the street, interview with Amnesty report author and eyewitness testimony. It wasn’t so long ago that the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a conflict with Eritrea. Today Amnesty International released a report accusing both the […]

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Foreign Office asked about reports of Christians being killed and churches attacked in Ethiopia

(Source: Christian News, by Cara Bentley, 25 February 2021) –  A Labour MP has asked about the deaths of Christians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, with the Government saying it is aware of the “mounting evidence”. Stephen Doughty, a shadow minister (pictured), has asked the foreign secretary Dominic Raab in a written question: “what assessment […]

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‘Mass grave holding hundreds of bodies from Ethiopian massacre’ at ancient town that is home to Ark of the Covenant

(Source: By Chris Jewers for Mailonline and AFP Published: 09:23, 26 February 2021 | Updated: 09:23, 26 February 2021) – Amnesty International said massacre last year was likely crime against humanity Rights watchdog investigated events last November Ethiopia’s Tigray region Events were investigated by talking to survivors and looking at satellite images Satellite imagery showed signs of […]

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Crimes against Tigrayan peacekeepers: Shame on Abiy Ahmed and the Country

(Source: Aigaforum.com, By Isaac M, Mekelle, 24 February 2021) – In the last few days disturbing faces of Tigrayan peacekeepers covered with blood at Juba airport of South Susan  has been circulating in social media outlets.  Sudan Tribune reported that: ‘15 Ethiopian peacekeepers who accomplished their duty with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan […]

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Belligerent Amhara Regional State and Trails of Blood, Rape and Ethnic Cleansing

(Source: Aigaforum.com, By Aynalem Sebhatu, 24 February 2021) – After the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2012, inter-regional federal states and intra-regional conflicts grew among different ethnic groups threatening to split the Ethiopian federation apart. The ethno-nationalist demands intensified after 2015, especially with the rise of Abiy Ahmed to power. Contrary to his […]

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Tigray conflict: Joint Statement by HR/VP Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on massacres in Axum

(Source: European Union External Action Service, Brussels, 26/02/2021 – 14:10, UNIQUE ID: 210226_7) – Joint Statements Amnesty International issued a report today on atrocities that took place in Axum, Ethiopia, in November 2020. The report concludes that indiscriminate shelling and mass execution may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is another harrowing […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 93 – 26 February 2021

(Source: EEPA) Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on […]

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Tigray conflict: Joint Statement by HR/VP Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on massacres in Axum

(Source: https://eeas.europa.eu/) Amnesty International issued a report today on atrocities that took place in Axum, Ethiopia, in November 2020. The report concludes that indiscriminate shelling and mass execution may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is another harrowing reminder of the violence that civilians in Tigray have been suffering since the onset […]

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Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed repeating the Hawzen Massacre on Tigrayans

(Source: Tghat, By Abraham A Belay, 25 February 2021 ) – The Hawzen massacre was an act of mass murder committed against the Tigrayan civilian population in Hawzen town by the Derg military forces during the summer of 1988, towards the end of the Ethiopian Civil War. The Derg used 6 fighter jets to bomb civilians on a market day […]

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UK Parliament breifing paper on Ethiopia: the situation in Tigray

(Source: UK Parliament House of Commons Library, 25 February 2021) – The UK Government is calling for unfettered humanitarian access and an end to the violence in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. This Commons Library paper sets out the situation in Tigray and how the conflict developed. Months of tension between the new government of Abiy […]

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Tigray official slams damage by troops from ‘neighbouring’ country

(Source: Mail Online, 25 February 2021) – Troops from a “neighbouring country” destroyed factories and universities during the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state, an official with the region’s interim administration told state media Thursday in an apparent reference to Eritrea. Tigray has been the theatre of fighting since early November 2020, when Prime Minister […]

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights situation in Eritrea

(Source: UN Human Rights, Rapporteur Mr Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker) – 46rd Session of the Human Rights Council Update on Eritrea 24 February 2021 Esteemed Chair, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my honour to present my first oral update to the Council since taking up the role of Special Rapporteur last November 2020. In my update […]

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Ethiopia: Eritrean troops’ massacre of hundreds of Axum civilians may amount to crime against humanity, Amnesty says

(Source: Amnesty International, 26 February 2021, 00:01 UTC) –  Amnesty International interviewed 41 survivors and witnesses to mass killings in November Troops carried out extrajudicial executions, indiscriminate shelling and widespread looting Satellite imagery analysis shows evidence consistent with new burial sites Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray state systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in […]

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ቅልውላው ትግራይ: ኣብ ሓደ ቁሸት ልዕሊ 500 ገዛውቲ ‘ብመደብ’ ተቓጺሉ ተባሂሉ

(ምንጪ: ቢቢሲ ዜና ትግሪኛ (BBC News Tigrigna), 25 ለካቲት 2021) –    ኣብ ክልል ትግራይ ኣብ እትርከብ ሓንቲ ቁሸት ልዕሊ 500 ኣባይቲ ከምዝተቓጸለ ዘርኢ ናይ ሳተላይት ስእልታት ከምዘረጋገጸ ኣገልግሎት ዜና ሮይተርስ ሓቢሩ። ጠንቂ ናይቲ እቲ ኣብዚ ሰሙን እዚ ኣብ ጊጀት ዝተባህለት ቁሸት ዝተራእየ ምቅጻል ብንጹር’ኳ እንዘይተፈልጠ፡ ኮነ ተባሂሉ ዝተፈጸመ ዝመስል ምዃኑ ሮይተርስ ጠቒሱ። ጊጀት ካብ […]

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Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

(Source: AP, Nairobi, Kenya, 25 February 2021) – Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government. “Four of them have continued with their hunger strike […]

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Eritrea denies backing Ethiopian border attacks against Sudan

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum, 25 FEBRUARY 2021) –    Eritrea distanced itself from the ongoing border tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia and called for an amicable solution to the dispute. Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab were in Khartoum on Wednesday. They handed over two messages from President Isaias Afwerki to […]

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Hundreds of buildings burned around Tigray town, research group says

(Source: Reuters by Nairobi newsroom; Additional reporting by Ryan McNeill in London, Editing by Alexandra Zavis and Giles Elgood) –    Fires that appear to have been deliberately set destroyed more than 500 structures this week in and around Ethiopia’s Gijet town, an analysis of satellite imagery shared with Reuters has found, adding credence to reports […]

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National Protest Against the Ongoing War on Tigray on 02/25 – 02/27/2021

A call for national protest the ongoing war on Tigray starting from 2/25/2021 to 2/28/2021, in three different locations in Washington, DC. The Protest is being held to urge the United States and international community to act now to pressure the Ethiopian government to open unimpeded humanitarian corridors, restore communications, power, banking, healthcare, and other […]

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What happened in Sheraro during the first week of the war on Tigray, an eyewitness account

(Source: Tghat, 24 February 2021) –   Note: This is a translation of a recent account of events in Sheraro and environs, written in Tigrinya by an eyewitness who chose to remain unnamed. Translation was done by Tigisti (a PhD student in computer science). Beginning 4 November 2020, there were intense fights in the environs […]

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Dutch aid workers: The outside world needs to know what’s going on in Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 24 February 2021) – Note: this is a translation of an account of Dutch aid workers that has been published at Trouw, a Dutch daily newspaper. The aid workers were recently in Tigray and tell what they saw. It is still somewhat safe in the capital Mekele, says Hielke Zantema of the Dutch […]

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Finding a path to peace in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source: Crisis Group, Briefing 167) – War has devastated Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Pending comprehensive national dialogue, Addis Ababa should ease Tigray’s immediate predicament, engaging elements of the authorities it unseated to govern the area and ensure that aid reaches the millions in need.   What’s new? After weeks of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, federal troops […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 92 – 25 February 2021

(Source: EEPA) Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on […]

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