Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: ‘We’re the government and we know what you’re doing’

(Source: BBC News) – The BBC’s Girmay Gebru, who was one of several media workers detained recently in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region, describes what happened to him: I was arrested on the evening of my birthday. I thought the soldiers, armed with rifles, were looking for someone else when they surrounded the […]

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An eyewitness account of what happened in Shire Inda Selassie

(Source: Tghat, 06 March 2021) – Editor’s note: This account comes from an eyewitness, a professional who witnessed the war in Shire, and who asked for anonymity for fear of reprisal. He had previously sent us photos and images which we published here. The situation in Tigray in the last four months resembles how Romeo […]

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Exclusive: How the UN drops Tigray resolution after second attempt failed

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Abeba, 06 March 2021) – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has dropped issuing a resolution calling for cessation of hostilities and respect for international humanitarian laws in Ethiopia’s war- torn Tigray regional state after a second attempt has failed to produce consensus among members states. On March 04, the council held […]

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U.N. and U.S. demand Eritrean forces leave Ethiopia amid “mass killings, rapes and abductions” in Tigray

(Source: CBS, 05 March 2021) – United Nations — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned Thursday that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray province, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that forces from neighboring Eritrea accused of committing atrocities in Tigray leave Ethiopia.   As the Tigray […]

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Abiy Ahmed and his genocide policy in Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 06 March 2021) –   In the past four months, genocide through the ravages of war, in general, and war-induced famine, in particular, has been emerging as the primary weapon of choice of its three architects—Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and the Amhara nationalists—to totally subjugate Tigray.  Their […]

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Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s press statement on the latest situation in Tigray

Mar 5, 2021    Addis Ababa, March 5, 2021 (FBC) – Spokesperson Office of Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a press statement on the latest developments in the Tigray regional state. The press statement reads as follows: With the successful conclusion of the law enforcement operation, the most important priority of the Ethiopian Government in […]

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World Bank Group Statement on Current Situation in Ethiopia

  (Source: World Bank, 05 March 2021) –     Ethiopia is currently facing challenging times and the World Bank Group is keenly following the latest developments in the country. The unrest in Ethiopia is unfortunate and of great concern. Such events undermine all the encouraging economic and social development outcomes the country has achieved […]

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Diplomats: UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence

(Source: AP, By EDITH M. LEDERER, UNITED NATIONS) –   An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped Friday night after objections from India, Russia and especially China, U.N. […]

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High stakes as regional leaders gather in South Sudan and Sudan

(Source: Eritrea Hub) – Ethiopian prime minister, Eritrean president arrives in Juba for one-day visit. The visit comes as Leaders will discuss with President Salva Kiir issues of regional importance, peace and security. Whereas, the Egyptian President Abdelfattah al Sisi arrives in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to discuss with his Sudanese counterpart Abdelfattah al Burhan […]

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ናፊቐኪ ዓደይ!

(ብሂወት ሃይለማርያም ሮቢንስ, 27 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም, 06 March 2021) – ናፊቐኪ ዓደይ! ናፈቐኩም ኣያታተይ! ናብ ሓሙኽሽቲ ተቐይሩ ኩሉ ቱ ድልየተይ ትምኒተይ! ግን ተስፋ ኣይቆርጽን እናሃለውኒ ናእሽቱ ኣሕዋተይ! ዝትክእዎም ነቶም ኣያታተይ ናፍቐኪ ዓደይ! ናፊቐኩም ኣያታተይ። ብሓዊ ኣንዲዶም ናብ ሓሙኽሽቲ እኳ እንተ ቐየሩና! ከም ቅዱስ ጀወርግስ ኣብ ጎቦታት ትግራይ እንተ ኣብነኑና! እንደገና ንትስእ ንምለስ ብጻዕዳ ፈረስ […]

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UN alleges war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray, urges Eritrea exit

(Source: Al Jazeera, 05 March 2021) – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres leads call for Eritrean troops to leave but Security Council fails to reach consensus. The United Nations on Thursday alleged possible crimes against humanity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region including by Eritrean troops, as it urged a withdrawal by the neighbouring country, which denies […]

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Ethiopia: UN officials allege war crimes in Tigray

(Source: DW.com) – Senior figures have urged Eritrea to leave the region, saying mass atrocities were being committed and millions of people could go hungry without assistance. Senior UN leaders on Thursday called on Eritrea to take out its troops from the Tigray region in Ethiopia and also alleged that atrocities were being committed in […]

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BAYTO YIAKL: The UN Security Council meeting of Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

To: U.N. Security Council Permanent Members: Re: The U.N. Security Council meeting-Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region Bayto Yiakl USA, a grassroots organization representing Eritrean-Americans from over 40 cities in the United States, are advocating for democracy, human rights, and rule of law in our native country, Eritrea. As a grassroots mass movement, Bayto Yiakl […]

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Amidst ‘conflict, blanket denials and finger-pointing’, UN rights chief calls for probe in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: UN News) –   4 March 2021 | Human Rights Given the persistent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the UN rights chief on Thursday stressed the urgent need for an objective, independent assessment of the facts on the ground. “Deeply distressing reports of sexual and […]

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Ethiopia: A Test Case for UN Security Council Action Under Resolution 2417

(By World Peace Foundation, 04 March 2021) –  Today (March 4, 2021) the UN Security Council is holding an ‘any other business’ meeting, instigated by Ireland, on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. Global Rights Compliance and the World Peace Foundation call on the UNSC to take swift, decisive and impactful action under UNSC Resolution 2417 […]

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UN aid chief calls for Eritrean forces to leave Tigray

(Source: AP, By EDITH M. LEDERER, 04 March 2021) –       UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned Thursday that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray province, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that forces from neighboring Eritrea accused of committing […]

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UN: Ethiopian, Eritrean troops behind possible ‘war crimes’

(Source: Al Jazeera) –  UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said multiple parties to the conflict are possible perpetrators of sexual violence and killings. The UN rights chief says that her office has corroborated grave violations that could amount to “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, including by Eritrean troops. Michelle […]

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Human Rights Watch Report: Eritrean Forces massacred hundreds of civilians in Axum

(Source: Human Rights Watch, March 5, 2021 4:39PM EST | Report) – Ethiopia: Eritrean Forces Massacre Tigray Civilians – Full Report UN Should Urgently Investigate Atrocities by All Parties.   (Nairobi) – Eritrean armed forces massacred scores of civilians, including children as young as 13, in the historic town of Axum in Ethiopia’s Tigray region […]

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EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray crisis is growing

(Source: AP, By CARA ANNA, AIROBI, Kenya) –     Civilians massacred. Journalists arrested. People starving to death. Ethiopia’s government is under growing pressure to allow the world to see firsthand what has occurred in its embattled Tigray region as its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister rejects “partisan interventions.” That pressure is expected to spike […]

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Opinion: A key U.S. ally in Africa is massacring civilians. Can Biden stop it?

(Source: Washington Post) –  People mourn the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last Friday. (Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images) Opinion by Editorial Board March 3, 2021 at 6:27 p.m. GMT ETHIOPIA IS emerging as a major test of the Biden administration’s commitment to a foreign policy grounded in human […]

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U.N. seeks access to Ethiopia’s Tigray for war crimes probe

(Source: Reuters, by Stephanie Nebehay, 04 March 2021) –    GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ human rights chief asked Ethiopia on Thursday to allow monitors into Tigray to investigate reports of killings and sexual violence that may amount to war crimes in the northern region since late 2020. “Victims and survivors of these violations […]

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Tigray region interim admin unanimous on the need for Eritrean troops’ withdrawal: bureau head

(Source: addisstandard) – Addis Abeba, March 04/2021 – Tigray regional state interim administration has reached at a unanimous stand on the need for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region. The interim administration’s bureau head Gebremeskel Kassa told the BBC Amharic that Eritrean troops are in Tigray and have “controlled areas in the region […]

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UN Security Council Warned of Dire Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Bloomberg, by Samuel Gebre and David Wainer, 04 March 2021, 22:47 GMT) –  The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues to deteriorate with the risk of famine and escalating violence “higher than we imagined even as recently as a month ago,” the United Nations humanitarian chief said at a briefing Thursday for the […]

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UN Calls on Ethiopia to allow probe into alleged murders in Tigray

(Source: VOA News, 04 March 2021 09:57 AM) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Ethiopia Thursday to permit an investigation into allegations of murders and sexual violence in the Tigray region that may amount to war crimes.   “We urge the Government of Ethiopia to grant my Office and other […]

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Ethiopia: Persistent, credible reports of grave violations in Tigray underscore urgent need for human rights access – Bachelet, UN Human Rights Commissioner

(Source: OHCR, GENEVA, 4 March 2021) –  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday stressed the urgent need for an objective, independent assessment of the facts on the ground in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, given the persistent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses she continues to receive. “Deeply distressing […]

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“One million people are missing” “Eritreans committed war crimes” – Interim administration of Tigray

(Source: Eritrea Hub, translated from BBC News ትግርኛ, the original article in Tigrigna is the end of the English version) –   Gebremeskel claims the interim administration had tried to set up administrative apparatus on western, north western and southern zones but was prevented by Amhara special forces and militia.   “It is being led […]

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Breaking News: Internal Ethiopian Government document leaked “Briefing Note on the Latest Developments in the Tigray region 02 March 2021”

(By Mekete Tigray UK, 04 March 2021) – The following document labelled “Briefing Note on the Latest Developments in the Tigray Region” and it “is an internal document which is not meant for circulation”. The document shows the level of fear and what the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa wants to campaign against the international […]

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The unintended consequence of Ethiopia’s civil war might be a border war with Sudan

(Source: Atlantic Council, 03 March 2021) – Uprooted from their homes, women and children are hit hard by the conflict in Metekel Zone, Benishangul Gumuz region. (Flickr/UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene) Ethiopia is at war with itself—and the international community is struggling to respond. In nearly four months of fighting across Ethiopia’s Tigray region, more than sixty thousand […]

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The un-civil war in Ethiopia: an Eritrean perspective

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Paulos Tesfagiorgis, 03 March 2021) – Ethiopians must wake up and learn from bitter past experience. The 2018 peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia meant a breath of new life for Eritreans. It was not an ordinary peace where two adversaries agreed to settle their differences. It had much deeper significance for […]

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Say YES to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the victory of Adwa but say NO to Crime against Humanity in Adwa in 2021

(By Tigray Academic Diaspora in Europe (TADE), UK- Branch, 04 March 2021) – Adwa is a symbol of freedom against colonization and foreign aggression since 1896 after the defeat of Italian invaders. Adwa is a small but historical town in Central Tigray whose name has been resonating for the last 125 years across the world […]

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Did Eritrea Commit War Crimes in Ethiopia?

(Source: Foreign Policy, By Lynsey Chutel, 03 March 2021, 6:08 AM) – The Ethiopian government is facing mounting allegations that foreign soldiers and Amhara regional forces committed atrocities during the war in Tigray. Women mourn the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in the village of Dengolat, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, on […]

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U.S. urges Ethiopia to end hostilities in Tigray

(Source: New York Times, By Reuters, Published March 2, 2021, Updated March 3, 2021, 3:48 a.m. ET) –  For the second time in a week, the secretary of state pointed to reports of atrocities in the Ethiopian Tigray region. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Tuesday pressed the leader od Ethiopia to end hostilities […]

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UN Security Council to discuss Ethiopia conflict following CNN investigation into Tigray massacre

(Source: CNN, By Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Roth, Updated 03 March 2021, 1146 GMT) – Source: CNN, How a religious festival turned into a massacre 08:29 The UN Security Council will discuss the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Thursday behind closed doors, two UN diplomats have told CNN. The development comes after investigations […]

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Ethiopia releases media workers detained in Tigray

(Source: Al Jazeera, 3 Mar 2021) One media worker said soldiers had entered his home and accused him of supporting the TPLF. Media watchdog groups reported the arrests of at least 13 journalists in Ethiopia last year [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP] Four media workers recently arrested in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit northern Tigray region have been released. Fitsum […]

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We can no longer deny the atrocities in Ethiopia

(Source: Boston Review, by ALEX DE WAAL, 02 March 2021) –  A civil war in the northern region of Tigray broke out in November 4, 2020. Denial within the international community has prevented much-needed humanitarian aid. An Ethiopian refugee, who fled the Tigray conflict, walk in the Tenedba camp in Mafaza, eastern Sudan on January […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray region: War behind a ‘steel wall’

(Source: DW) –  Ethiopia has claimed that an Amnesty report painting a dark picture of the Tigray crisis supports misinformation. Yet the country has tried to keep international journalists far from witnesses and out of the region. The stream of worrying news from Tigray, Ethiopia, does not stop. A report published last week by Amnesty […]

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