Ethiopian human rights watchdog decries slow repair work in war-ravaged northern region
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Thursday said over 100 cases of rape have recently been reported in the northern Tigray State, the scene of a “law enforcement operation” against rebels late last year.
“In the past two months alone, 108 cases of rape have been reported in Mekelle, Ayder, Adigrat, and Wukro hospitals,” the EHRC said in a press release.
On Nov. 4, the Ethiopian government launched a massive “law enforcement operation” against the now-defunct and outlawed Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), whose forces had attacked the Northern Command of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces.
On Nov. 28, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the military confrontation after the fall of the regional capital Mekelle, but government sources say there has been sporadic fighting in the region to this day.
“The commission has received reports of loss of lives, bodily and mental injury, instances of gender-based violence, looting, and other human rights violations including in the areas of Tigray which it has not been able to access yet,” the release said.