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Ethiopia: OHCHR, EHRC to conduct joint investigation for credible accountability process

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Ethiopia: OHCHR, EHRC to conduct joint investigation for credible accountability process

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 alleged human rights violations and abuses. committed by all parties in the context of the conflict in Tigray, as part of the essential process of empowering victims.

The ECHR and OHCHR have been closely monitoring the human rights situation since the start of the conflict on 4 November 2020. Both organizations remain concerned about reports of serious human rights violations and abuses and their effects. devastating conflict on the civilian population. Given the multiplicity of actors involved in the conflict and the gravity of the violations reported, an objective and independent investigation is urgently needed.

The agreement to collaborate on a joint investigation is the result of an ongoing partnership and engagement between the two organizations, based on common goals to advance and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights as well as responsibility for violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian action. law committed by all parties in the context of the Tigray conflict. These investigations fall under the current mandate of both organizations.

Deployment will begin as soon as possible for an initial period of three months.

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