Two weeks ago, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the UN Human Rights Office jointly issued a report that found that all parties to the conflict in Tigray have committed violations of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The report covers the period from 3 November 2020, when the armed conflict began between the Ethiopian National Defence Force, the Eritrean Defence Force, the Amhara Special Forces, the Amhara Fano and other militias on one side, and the Tigrayan Special Forces, Tigrayan militia and other allied groups on the other, until 28 June 2021 when the Ethiopian Government declared a unilateral ceasefire that did not last.
This conversation with Dr Daniel Bekele, the Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, will focus on the content of the report, its potential meaning for the way forward and the difficult search for a political solution to the ongoing civil war in Ethiopia.
Welcome Remarks and Moderation:
David Schwake, Secretary General of the German Africa Foundation
Dr Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and Winner of the German Africa Award 2021