16 Sep Press review about Tigray – August and September 2021
The health care system in Tigray have been destroyed. Read the article on “The Hill“. Adwa Kidane Mehret Hospital is nowadays really important to support.
Michele Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the 13th of September, updated the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Human Rights in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
The High Commissioner spoke of continued reports of the large-scale arbitrary detentions of ethnic Tigrayan civilians in unofficial sites in Western Tigray as well as threats and attacks on journalists, the suspension of media outlets licenses, and intermittent restrictions and shutdowns of the internet and telecommunications in Tigray. Concerning the Tigrayan forces, they had allegedly been responsible for human rights abuses such as attacks on civilians, including indiscriminate killings, as well as the recruitment of children into the conflict, which was prohibited under international law. While looking forward to hearing about the Government’s progress in this regard, the High Commissioner emphasised the need for transparency in any such proceedings, and urged the Government of Ethiopia to accept the recommendations of the joint investigation report as part of its efforts to bring about accountability.
“International, regional and national human rights and humanitarian actors must be given unhindered access”, she said. The High Commissioner concluded by noting that the solution to the conflict in Tigray could only be found through a political process and dialogue. She commended the African Union’s mediation efforts in this regard and called on all parties to immediately end hostilities without preconditions and negotiate a lasting ceasefire. Read all.