Ethiopia’s overseas ministry criticized Blinken’s remarks on Monday. “An attempt by the US to make pronouncements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs and specifically, the reference to the Amhara regional forces redeployment … is regrettable,” the ministry mentioned, referring to forces from Ethiopia’s Amhara state, which neighbors Tigray.
“It should be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which as a sovereign nation, is responsible to deploy the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders.”
The overseas ministry mentioned it was “fully committed” to investigating any human rights violations. But the assertion didn’t point out the broadly reported presence of forces from neighboring Eritrea through the latest offensive. Those forces been blamed for a lot of abuses in Tigray through the latest battle — allegations the Eritrean authorities denies.
Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a navy operation towards Tigray’s ruling faction, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in November.
Amnesty International charged in a report Friday that Eritrean forces killed a whole bunch of unarmed civilians within the metropolis of Axum in November via indiscriminate shelling and taking pictures and extrajudicial killings, in what the human rights group mentioned might quantity to against the law towards humanity.
Eritrea’s authorities denied involvement within the atrocities reported by Amnesty, however has but to answer Source’s request for remark in relation to the Dengelat bloodbath.
Blinken, in his press assertion Saturday, known as on Ethiopia nation to permit “full, independent international investigation into all reports of human rights violations, abuses and atrocities.”
“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.” He added that “those responsible for them must be held accountable.”
Blinken additionally acknowledged Abiy’s said dedication to permit humanitarian assist to the area, and mentioned that the US Agency for International Development would ship a catastrophe help response group to Ethiopia.
After seizing management of Tigray’s most important cities in late November, Abiy declared victory and maintained that no civilians have been harmed within the offensive. Abiy has additionally denied that troopers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to assist Ethiopian forces.
On Monday, Ethiopia’s overseas ministry mentioned it was working to make sure unfettered entry to Tigray for the supply of humanitarian help.
Source’s Emmet Lyons, Bethlehem Feleke, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Nima Elbagir and Barbara Arvanitidis contributed to this report.