EHRC and UN to jointly investigate alleged Human Rights Violations in Tigray
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the alleged human rights violations and abuses, committed by all parties in the context of the Tigray conflict, as part of the much-needed accountability process for the victims.
The EHRC and OHCHR have been monitoring closely the human rights situation since the start of the conflict on 4 November 2020. Both organisations remain concerned about the reports of serious human rights violations and abuses and the devastating impact of the conflict on the civilian population. With multiple actors involved in the conflict and the gravity of the reported violations, an objective, independent investigation is urgently required.
The agreement to collaborate in a joint investigation is the result of an ongoing partnership and engagement between the two organisations, founded on shared objectives to advance and strengthen respect and protection of human rights as well as accountability for violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed by all parties in the context of the Tigray conflict. Such investigations are within the existing mandate of both organizations.
The deployment will start as soon as possible for an initial period of three months.
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