Tigrayan Massacres in Chronology and the Emerging Picture of Tigray Genocide

(Source: Tghat, by Meron T. Gebreananaye, 02 March 2021) – After many weeks of trickling footages and reports of the many horrific crimes being committed in Tigray, it is like the dam has broken in the last few days with several investigative reports flooding the news. Some distinctly indicate perpetrators, Eritrean and Ethiopian troops, and […]

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Ethiopia Federal Court acquits three of four suspects of Hachalu’s murder

(Source: Ethiopian Insight, 01 March 2021) – The individual who was with the musician on the night of his killing was cleared of all charges. Nearly five months into the trial, on 25 February the Federal High Court acquitted three of the four defendants of charges of murdering singer Hachalu Hundessa. Lamrot Kemal, who was […]

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CNN EXCLUSIVE: Leader of Tigray’s forces accuses Ethiopian and Eritrean governments of genocide

(Source: CNN, 02 March 2021) – The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region has accused the federal government and its Eritrean allies of genocide and other crimes against humanity, calling on US President Joe Biden to dial up the pressure against “invader forces.” In a rare and exclusive interview with CNN, President of the Tigray People’s […]

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Trauma, anger as Tigrayans recount Eritrea troops’ ‘grave crimes’

(Source : Al Jazeera, By Al Jazeera Staff, 01 Mar 2021) – Survivors and witnesses in Ethiopia’s embattled region tell Al Jazeera how civilians were raped and killed by troops from neighbouring country. Mekelle, Ethiopia – December 4 is a date that fills Mona Lisa Abraha with horror. It was then, the 18-year-old says, that […]

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Massacre in the mountains of Mariam Dengelat in Edaga Hamus, Tigray

(Source: CNN, Updated 01 March 2021) –  They thought they’d be safe at a church. Then the soldiers arrived By Barbara Arvanitidis, Nima Elbagir, Bethlehem Feleke, Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Katie Polglase Video by Mark Baron, Alex Platt, Elisa Solinas, Jessi Esparza and Agne Jurkenaite, CNN Updated 1121 GMT (1921 HKT) March 1, 2021 […]

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Photos and footages of destruction and looting by Eritrean and Ethiopian armies from Shire, Inda selassie

(Source: Tghat) – These are photos and footages sent to us by a resident of Shire who captured them at different times. We don’t name the person her to protect him/her from retribution. Similarly, the voices in the footages have been slightly altered. Eritrean tanks in Shire Indaslassie moving towards Aksum Eritrean troops moving to […]

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‘We had to run for our lives’: The pregnant women fleeing Tigray

(Source: UN News, first published on 16 February 2021) –   Pregnant women are amongst the tens of thousands of people in need of assistance in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where fighting between the Government and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been ongoing since November 2020. Hiwot* is one […]

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EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

(Source:EURACTIV.com, By Benjamin Fox, 01 March 2021) –   Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province. Following last week’s meeting of EU foreign affairs […]

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UNOCHA: The humanitarian situation in Tigray Region remains critical

(Source: UNOCHA) – Highlights (1 day ago) The humanitarian situation in Tigray Region remains critical, with reports of intensified fighting across the Region, particularly in the Central Zone. Incidents of house searches, looting, killings and gender-based violence (GBV) against civilians continue to be reported. Despite large amounts of food aid reportedly dispatched across Tigray, better […]

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Ethiopia rebuffs US call to pull outside forces from Tigray

(Source: AP, By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Kampala, Uganda, 01 March 2021) –   Ethiopia’s government is rebuffing calls by the United States to withdraw troops from the embattled Tigray region. In response to U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call for Ethiopia to immediately withdraw troops from Tigray, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said that it is an […]

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Sudanese army chases Ethiopian militia out of border area

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Gedarif, 28 February 2021) – Sudanese army retook control of large agricultural areas after fierce clashes near the volatile border strip with Ethiopia on Sunday. Recently, the Ethiopian-army backed Amhara militiamen carried out two attacks on Sudanese farmers in the al-Fashaga fertile area where they looted thousands of freshly harvested corn and […]

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Latest internal U.S. government report and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

(Source: Aiga Forum, 27 February 2021) – The latest internal U.S. government report further consolidates the concerns that we have been reflecting for quite some time. It cemented the fact that Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), EHRC’s Director Dr Daniel Bekelle (a close confidant of the Prime Minister), and the rest of the hierarchy down […]

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“They started burning homes”: Tigrayans say their towns are being razed in ethnic cleansing campaign

(Source: Vice, By Zecharias Zelalem, Feb 27 2021) –  Survivor testimony and satellite imagery in Ethiopia’s Tigray region provide evidence of wide-ranging destruction by Eritrean soldiers. “They set our crops on fire, then they started burning the homes,” said Gebru Habtom, a farmer in his 40s from the village of Debre Harmaz in Ethiopia. “Then they […]

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A complete English translation of Isaias Afwerki’s Eritrean TV Interview, 17 February 2021

(Source: Eritrea Hub, 28 February 2021) – A rough translation into English by Habte Hagos Introduction Isaias Afwerki, the only President the State of Eritrea has ever known, who has never been endorsed in an election, gave an interview on a wide range of issues on 17 February 2021. The outlet he chose was EriTV, […]

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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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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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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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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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Time is Running Out: Urgent Action Needed to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray

(Source: Refugees International, By Sarah Miller, David Del Conte, and Hardin Lang, 25 February 2021) – Introduction With the situation in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region at a dangerous turning point, the international community has yet to take decisive action. Diplomatic, humanitarian, and human rights groups have increasingly spoken out, urging the Ethiopian government to allow […]

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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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