HRW and Amnesty Report: “We will erase you from this land”, Tigrayans subjected to ‘crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing’ in Ethiopia’s Western Tigray

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tigrayan civilians had been targeted in “a relentless campaign of ethnic cleansing”, rape and sexual violence, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Western Tigray since the outbreak of Ethiopia’s Tigray war in November 4,  2020.

The report, “We Will Erase You From This Land’: Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia’s Western Tigray Zone,” documents how newly-appointed officials in Western Tigray and security forces from the neighbouring Amhara region, with the acquiescence and possible participation of Ethiopian federal forces, systematically expelled several hundred thousand Tigrayan civilians from their homes using threats, unlawful killings, sexual violence, mass arbitrary detention, pillage, forcible transfer, and the denial of humanitarian assistance. These widespread and systematic attacks against the Tigrayan civilian population amount to crimes against humanity as well as war crimes.

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