August 19, 2022

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UN Human Rights Council drafts new resolution for today’s special session on Ethiopia

UN Human Rights Council has drafted the new resolution in a closed-door meeting. The resolution will be tabled in today’s special session on Ethiopia.

According to diplomatic sources, the resolution will establish an independent international mechanism comprising only UN Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into war crimes committed in Tigray. Ethiopian Human Rights Commission will not be part of this investigation.

Last month Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and UN Human Rights Commission released a joint inquiry report into human rights violations committed in Tigray between November 2020 and June 2021. The report accused Eritrean soldiers of human rights abuses but it did not declare these abuses as genocide. The Ethiopian government accepted last month’s report but the Tigray government rejected it.

The Ethiopian government is opposing today’s session of the UN Human Rights Commission. It is against any new investigations into human rights abuses committed in Tigray. It remains to be seen which countries will stand with Ethiopia in today’s important session of the UN body.