Investigation into Grave Human Rights Violations in Aksum City Report on Preliminary Findings

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Introduction

In its January and February, 2021 reports on the human rights situation in Tigray, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC/the Commission), indicated that it has received reports of loss of lives, bodily and mental injury, instances of gender-based violence, looting and other human rights violations, including in areas of Tigray which it has not been able to access yet. EHRC also stated that it will continue to remotely monitor the human rights situation including in parts of Tigray that remained inaccessible at the time and that it will inform the public of its findings in due course. Citing an ongoing investigation into grave human rights violations in Aksum, its latest communication on February 26, 2021 further reported that it obtained preliminary evidence on destructions caused in the course of the military offensive in Aksum and the killings of unknown number of civilians by Eritrean soldiers.

The Commission has since then deployed a rapid investigation mission to Aksum from February 27 to March 5, 2021. Previous attempts by EHRC to access the city were impeded by the security situation and related issues. The rapid investigation mission spoke to survivors, 45 families of victims, eyewitnesses and religious leaders in thecity. It also conducted a focus group discussion with over 20 residents of the city and spoke with local Kebele officials as well as medical personnel of Saint Mary and Aksum Referral Hospitals. The mission also obtained material evidence including video, audio and photographs, from families of victims and relevant authorities. The Commission wishes to state that the full investigation will be informed by discussions with all relevant military and civilian authorities, including with the city’s mayor and deputy mayor, whom it was unable to reach during this mission.

Read more the Ethiopian Huma rights Commission Report—


3 Comments

  1. There you have it! There is nothing that will justify wanton killings of innocent civilians. Nothing. Now mothers and father will have no one to look after them in their advanced age. Spouses left their homes not to ever come back to their families alive. Children are now suddenly orphans. How dare you! How dare you!!!!

  2. What is holding back the major non TPLF affiliated Ethiopian medias back?
    What is holding back both the non-governmental medias and the government affiliated medias from going to door in AXUM/Aksum and interviewing witnesses? This would be such a great journalistic work for any journalist who wants to make a name for herself/himself.

    The government of Ethiopia has already admitted it happened so what could possibly scare the government affiliated medias from holding interviews now?

    What about other medias national and international medias, why are they not there in Tigray on the ground each and everyday transmitting live of the developments taking places whether they are negative developments or positive developments.

    THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IS- ‘IS THERE A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER POSSIBILITY, FOR MORE ATROCITIES IN THE AXUM/AKSUM , TIGRAY REGION OR IS IT OVER WITH?’

    Are the perpetrators still in the action of massacring OR is it all over with?

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