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LAW Statement to the Human Rights Council: Mandate of the ICHREE Must Be Renewed

Accountability & Rule of Law - Tigray and northern Ethiopia - Advocacy

Mr Chairperson, Commissioners, colleagues

I thank the Commissioners for their report, on behalf of Legal Action Worldwide, and the victims and

survivors of the conflict in Tigray and northern Ethiopia that we represent.

I deliver one request on their behalf today: the mandate of International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE) must be renewed.

Failure to renew the mandate would send a clear message to victims and survivors of this brutal conflict,

and to those who continue to suffer in Ethiopia today: your suffering is no longer of concern.

The international community appears to have been persuaded to accept, and to celebrate, the steps taken

by the Ethiopian Government since the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement was signed in November


But our own clients, as well as recent reports from PHR, OJAH, and Amnesty International, confirm

that extrajudicial execution of civilians, gang rape, and sexual slavery have continued, perpetrated by

Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers.

Similar patterns of violence are now being reported in Amhara.

The Government, well versed in speaking the language of human rights, may have expressed

commitment to transitional justice. But Ethiopia has refused to engage with the case against it, before

the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, filed by LAW and partners on behalf of victims

of the conflict. These are not the actions of a Government committed to subjecting itself to


It is therefore essential that ICHREE is empowered to investigate and preserve evidence of the crimes

that have been committed – and which continue.

This is an indispensable next step for future accountability and justice, and thus for any prospect of

sustainable peace in the country.

Thank you.

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