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Ethiopia: United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decision underscores critical need for continued monitoring of human rights abuses

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  In response to the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council UNRC to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Experts on Human Rights in Ethiopia ICHREE to continue monitoring and documenting crimes under international law and human rights violations in the country Muleya Mwananyanda Amnesty International s Director for Eastern and Southern Africa said The adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia underlines the critical need to continue documenting crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses of rights and preserve the evidence of the crimes that are currently being committed in the country This decision gives hope to the victims of ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia that someone is supporting them and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are being watched to ensure justice truth and reparation for the victims The Ethiopian government must give full access to the Commission and fully support its work The United Nations General Assembly must support the mandate given to ICHREE including with the resources and staff it needs In addition the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission must fully support and cooperate in facilitating access to information and evidence in their custody Background information For decades Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations and abuses that constitute crimes under international law in Ethiopia In the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia Amnesty International has documented crimes committed by all parties to the conflict including war crimes Gaps in Ethiopian criminal law impede justice truth and redress for serious human rights violations both past and present Impunity is exacerbated by the government s inability to exercise jurisdiction over some of the forces including the Eritrean Defense Forces and Tigrayan forces suspected of being responsible for violations and abuses in northern Ethiopia Amnesty International recalls that all states can exercise their jurisdiction over crimes under international law regardless of where they were committed or the nationality of the suspect or victims
Ethiopia: United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decision underscores critical need for continued monitoring of human rights abuses

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In response to the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRC) to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Experts on Human Rights in Ethiopia (ICHREE) to continue monitoring and documenting crimes under international law and human rights violations in the country, Muleya Mwananyanda , Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, said: “The adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia underlines the critical need to continue documenting crimes under international law and human rights.

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violations and abuses of rights, and preserve the evidence of the crimes that are currently being committed in the country.

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“This decision gives hope to the victims of ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia that someone is supporting them and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are being watched to ensure justice, truth and reparation for the victims.

“The Ethiopian government must give full access to the Commission and fully support its work.

The United Nations General Assembly must support the mandate given to ICHREE, including with the resources and staff it needs.

In addition, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission must fully support and cooperate in facilitating access to information and evidence in their custody.” Background information For decades, Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations and abuses that constitute crimes under international law in Ethiopia.

In the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia, Amnesty International has documented crimes committed by all parties to the conflict, including war crimes.

Gaps in Ethiopian criminal law impede justice, truth, and redress for serious human rights violations, both past and present.

Impunity is exacerbated by the government’s inability to exercise jurisdiction over some of the forces, including the Eritrean Defense Forces and Tigrayan forces, suspected of being responsible for violations and abuses in northern Ethiopia.

Amnesty International recalls that all states can exercise their jurisdiction over crimes under international law, regardless of where they were committed or the nationality of the suspect or victims.

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