AEPAC Chairman Statement on Joint Commission Report of the Investigation on Human Rights in Tigray – November 3, 2021

“This joint investigation has helped build an important understanding of the reality on the ground during the early stages of the conflict. 

There has been an immense amount of misinformation and unfounded allegations set against the Ethiopian Government and its forces by the TPLF and international bodies. This report dispels many of those, and it concludes that accusations the government used hunger as a weapon are without merit. 

The report only documents events up to June 2021. Since then, the TPLF has expanded far beyond Tigray’s borders into Afar and Amhara and is facing dozens of allegations of atrocities. We would welcome further investigations into the ongoing conflict. 

With the insurgency threatening to march on Addis Ababa, the United States, Europe and others, need to call on the TPLF to cease its aggression, withdraw from Afar and Amhara, and implement sanctions against its leaders. 

Ethiopians have elected a representative government and do not want to see the return of a TPLF-led authoritarian regime. Our organization condemns the expansion of their violent campaign which continues to place the lives of innocent civilians at risk.”