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UN Panel Identifies Abuses by All Sides in Ethiopia’s Civil War

  • Sexual violence perpetrated on ‘staggering scale,’ probe finds
  • Humanitarian crisis persists in Tigray region, panel says
Militia fighters walk in the ransacked terminal at the Lalibela airport in Ethiopia.

Militia fighters walk in the ransacked terminal at the Lalibela airport in Ethiopia.

Photographer: Solan Kolli/AFP/Getty Images

A United Nations panel found that all sides in Ethiopia’s civil war have likely committed abuses such as extra-judicial killings and rape, and said a humanitarian crisis persists in the north of the country almost two years after the fighting erupted. 

“There are reasonable grounds to believe that violations, such as extra-judicial killings, rape, sexual violence and starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare have been committed in Ethiopia since Nov. 3, 2020,” the three-member International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, said in its first report published on Monday. “The commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that, in several instances, these violations amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.’