Panafrican News Agency

Ethiopian crisis: US concerned over reports of mass atrocities in Western Tigray

Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has reiterated its grave concern over continuing reports of ethnically-motivated atrocities committed by Amhara authorities in western Tigray, Ethiopia.

These reports include those described in the recent joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, a statement by Mr. Ned Price, Spokesperson of the US State Department, on Friday said.

In particular, the statement said, the US is deeply troubled by the report’s finding that these acts amount to ethnic cleansing.

"We note with the utmost alarm that thousands of Ethiopians of Tigrayan ethnicity reportedly continue to be detained arbitrarily in life-threatening conditions in western Tigray," the US said. 

It called for the immediate release of any such remaining detainees and urged the relevant authorities to grant international monitors access to all detention facilities.

"It remains our firm position that there must be credible investigations into and accountability for atrocities committed by any party to the conflict as part of any lasting solution to the crisis.  We urge the Government of Ethiopia to cooperate with the UN Commission of Experts on Human Rights in Ethiopia," the statement said.

The US also said continued reports of atrocities underscore the urgency of ending the military conflict. 

It reiterated its strong support for the declarations of a cessation of hostilities by the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray regional authority and welcome the news that they have been followed by initial convoys of life-saving assistance. 

The US said in keeping with these declarations, it was renewing its call on all armed actors to renounce and end human rights abuses and violence against civilians. 

The US also reiterated its call for all foreign forces to withdraw from Ethiopia as well as for the regional state authorities to remove their security forces from neighbouring regions.

"We continue to urge all parties to take necessary steps to ensure the cessation of hostilities, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access, transparent investigations into human rights abuses and violations by all actors, and a negotiated resolution to the conflict in Ethiopia," the US said.

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