Ethiopia dismisses evidence of war crimes verified by CNN investigation

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(CNN) – Ethiopia’s government said Friday that “social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence” after a CNN investigation found that Ethiopian soldiers executed unarmed men in the country’s war-torn Tigray region.

“The Ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be undertaken in the Tigray region,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told CNN in a statement Friday.
The statement added: “Social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence, regardless of whether Western media report it or not. Hence why investigations into allegations are welcome for remedial action and accountability. Resultantly the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission together with the UN Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights are already in the pipeline to carry out investigations.”
'Two bullets is enough': Analysis of Tigray massacre video raises questions for Ethiopian Army
A CNN investigation, carried out with Amnesty International and published Thursday, verified footage of soldiers executing a group of at least 11 unarmed men before disposing of their bodies near the Tigrayan town of Mahibere Dego.
The Ethiopian government did not respond to CNN’s request for comment until after the investigation was published and broadcast.
A BBC-led investigation also published Thursday corroborated the same massacre near Mahibere Dego.
The Mahibere Dego execution was not an isolated incident, with CNN’s investigation revealing that a number of mass killings have been reported over the course of the five-month-old conflict.
A previous CNN investigation compiled eyewitness testimonies claiming that soldiers from neighboring Eritrea had crossed the border and were carrying out massacres, extrajudicial killings and deploying rape and sexual violence as a weapon.


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  1. Better to join the army than dying in vain (or leave those cities occupied by the enemy) says:

    በዉጭ ለሚኖሩ ተጋሩ ማሳሰቢያ አለኝ እነርሱ የማያዉቁት ሰዉ ባዩ ቁጥር ባንዳ ነህ ወዘተ ቆይ በቤተሰብህ ታገኘዋለህ ፓታቲ ፓታታ በማለት እነርሱ የማያዉቁትን ትግራዋይን በመወንጀል ሀገር እና ወገን ወዳድ መስሎ ለመታየት የሚደረገዉ ዉንጀላ አቁሙልን ፥በተማህፅኖ እንጠይቃችኋለን፥፥የናንተ ማስፈራሪያ ከንቱ ነዉ አቅም ካለ አገር ገብቶ በመታገል ለሀገር እና ወገን ያለንን ፍቅር መግለፅ ይቻላል፥፥ባንዳ የሚለዉን ቃል አለ ቦታዉና አለ ጊዜዉ ብሎም አላግባቡ በመጠቀም ለፖለቲካ ፍጆታና በግላዊ ጠብ የመነጨ ቂም መወጣጫ አድርገዉት ይታያሉ፥በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ ለመፃፍ የተፈለገዉ በተደጋጋሚ ጊዜያት የተስተዋለዉ የጠብ አጫሪነት ባህሪን ለማስቆም በማሰብ ዉ፥፥ በግል ስሜታዊነትና ቂም ጊዜ የወለደዉን የዘመኑ ለፖለቲካ ፍጆታ የዋሉ ቃላትን የግል ተበዳይን ለማቁሰል እንደ ብረት ዘንግ መጠቀም የፍራቻ ስሜትን ያንፀባርቃል ፥የራስን የብሔር አባላት ያለ አግባቡ ለአመፅ በማነሳሳት መጠቀሚያ ማድረግ የፈሪነት ምልክት ነዉ፥፥በሽወደን የሚገኙ አለቅላቂ ተጋሩ ን ባዮች ይህንን ፖለቲካ ለግል ጥቅም ሲያዉሉት አስተዉያለሁ፥በመጀመሪያ ደረጃ ትግራዋይነት ለኔ አንድ ግለሰብ ወይም የፖለቲካ ልሂቅ ሊሰጠኝና ሲያሻውም ሊነጥቀኝ የሚችል ዜግነት አይደለም ከወላጆቻችን የወረስዉ ማንነት ነዉ፥ ነጣቂና ሰጪ ነን ባዮችም (ፖለቲከኞቹም ቢሆኑ)ሀላፊ ናቸዉ፥፥

    politicing the vent but not doing anything important to save lives

    መናናቅ እኔ እበልጥ እኔ እበልጥ ማለቱ ለጋራ ማንነት ና እድገት እንቅፋት ነዉ፥፥እዉነት ለትግራይ የምናስብ ከሆነ ወገናችንን እንደራሳችን እንየዉ፥ትግራይ ትግራይ ማለቱ ለፖለቲካ ትርፍ ና ለዩትዩብ ገቢና ራስን በመገናኛ ብዙሀን መስኮት ለማስተዋወቅ ከሆነ ብላሽ ነዉዉ፥፥የቀድሞዉን የአድግራት የአድዋ እያሉ ትግራዋይን የመከፋፈል ፥ቤተሰብ ተኮር አጀንዳቹ ከዉሥጣችን ሳይወጣ ሌላ አጀንዳ ይራቹህ ለግል ጥቅማቹ አታብጠልጥሉን

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