Ethiopia condemns military action against Tigray nationals | Conflicting Issues
Three soldiers were found guilty of rape, of which 28 were charged with murder and the other 25 were charged with rape.
Ethiopian military officials have ordered three soldiers to rape and prosecute 28 suspected cases of killing civilians in a war in northern Tigray, the attorney general’s office has announced.
In addition, 25 other soldiers are charged with rape and other forms of sexual assault, according to a document Friday.
The program of six-month Tigray controversy are accused of killing thousands of people and committing crimes including rape, unjust killings, and evictions, according to government officials and support groups.
The attorney general’s office confirmed the two murders in Tigray. He said 229 people were killed in the town of Mai Kadra in early November.
In addition, the Ethiopian government has for the first time reported that militants from Eritrea, a neighboring country, have been killed in the war.
It said 110 civilians were killed in Axum on November 27 and 28 by “Eritrean soldiers”.
“Studies show that 70 people have been killed in the city [of Axum] while he was out, “the report said, adding that some of those killed were probably” fighters “.
“Forty people are believed to have been abducted from their homes and killed in door-to-door torture by Eritrean soldiers,” the report said.
In previous reports Axum, Human Rights Watch and Forgiveness was also rebuked Eritrean troops are fighting in the Tigray war, and they say the dead are civilians.
Amnesty said Eritrea was “just angry and systematically killed hundreds of civilians with cold blood”.
‘Cleansing the Nations’
The Tigray conflict erupted in early November when Prime Minister Abiy sent troops to arrest and disrupt the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Abiy said the move came in response to TPLF threats to war camps.
Violent reports have prompted US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to state the allegations “Cleansing the Nation” is taking place in the western part of Tigray.
On Thursday, the US Congress passed a resolution condemning “all violence against civilians” in Tigray and called for troops from neighboring Eritrea, which also sent troops to Tigray to support the Ethiopian government.
On Friday, some Ethiopians – both at home and abroad – staged a “Hands Off Ethiopia” campaign urging foreign powers to stop “interfering in Ethiopian affairs”.
Abiy, who took office in 2018 and marked the democratic transition that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, has promised that the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 21 will be free and fair. The Prosperity Party must win a majority of seats in the Ethiopian parliament to become Prime Minister.
In addition to the Tigray conflict, the Abiy government is struggling to cope ethnic violence In several parts of Ethiopia.
The opposition Oromo Federalist Congress has vowed to boycott the vote, saying it is being harassed by officials. Several of its leaders are still in jail following a series of riots last summer that killed an Oromo singer.