UN calls on UN to end violence in Ethiopia’s Tigre region Opposition from two veto countries puts an end to two days of text talks.
An anonymous envoy says the founders have given up hope for explanation. There was no consensus, and no further work was done on the interpretation.
After the Human Rights Organization Amnesty International Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday blamed Eritrean government forces for the massacre in Aksam. They are estimated to have killed more than 200 civilians, including children, within 48 hours of the end of November. The HRW urges the UN to urgently launch an independent inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In mid-November, Tigre regional forces and militants withdrew from the city of Aksam. Ethiopian and Eritrean troops then shelled the city. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired indiscriminately at civilians, according to HRW.
Conflict with local militants
The Ethiopian government launched a military offensive in November against the ruling Tigre People’s Liberation Front (DPLF) in the region of the same name in the north of the country. The reason is the perennial tensions between the DPLF and the central government. Meanwhile, other actors are also active, including former enemy and neighboring Eritrea and militant troops. Millions of people in Tigray have relied on humanitarian aid or fled.
UN Under-Secretary-General Mark Locke said on Thursday that Eritrea should withdraw its troops from the Tigre region. UN calls for withdrawal of Eritrean troops This is the first time an officer has publicly demanded it. Michael Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, wants an “objective and independent inquiry” into war crimes and human rights abuses.
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