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Ethiopia: Eritrean Forces Commit ‘War Crimes, Possible Crimes Against Humanity’ in Tigray Months After Peace Truce – Amnesty International

Addis Abeba — Soldiers from Eritrea continued to commit war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region after a ceasefire agreement was signed between the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces last November, according to a new report published today by Amnesty International.

The report documents extrajudicial killings, rape, sexual slavery and pillaging by Eritrean troops in the months following the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) on 02 November, 2022. The atrocities occurred primarily in the districts of Kokob Tsibah and Mariam Shewito near the Eritrean border.

Amnesty bases its report on 49 remote interviews with survivors, witnesses and officials who identified EDF soldiers through their uniforms, language and interrogation methods. The victims said they were targeted due to suspected links to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

In the Kokob Tsbah district, north of Adigrat city, Amnesty interviewed 11 women reporting sexual slavery and gang rape by EDF soldiers inside military camps for nearly three months following the agreement. Four survivors described enduring continuous rape after being detained in a camp with 14 other women, allegedly for suspected ties to Tigrayan forces.

Another witness named Bezawit, a mother of two, said she was repeatedly raped by EDF troops occupying her home who threatened “no one will rescue you.”

In Mariam Shewito district, north-east of the city of Adwa, between late October and early November, Amnesty documented the alleged extrajudicial execution by EDF soldiers of at least 20 civilian men during house-to-house raids, including a 70-year-old priest shot dead in a church.