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Ethiopia: Survivors of TPLF attack in Amhara describe gang rape, looting and physical assaults

Sixteen women from the town of Nifas Mewcha in Ethiopia’s Amhara region told Amnesty International they were raped by fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) during the group’s attack on the town in mid-August 2021. Survivors described being raped at gunpoint, robbed, and subjected to physical and verbal assaults by TPLF fighters, who …

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Ethiopia Press Secretary defends government as debunks media bias

The Press Secretary of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Billene Seyoum has defended the government against accusations of blocking aid to the Tigray region. In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson, Ms Billene debunked reports that the government had denied UN food trucks to the war-torn region, saying roadblocks that initially existed had been reduced to ease …

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HRW: Ethiopia Blocking Tigray Aid Harms Rape Survivors

The Ethiopian government’s blocking of aid and essential services, with health facilities in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region destroyed, is preventing survivors of sexual violence from obtaining essential post-rape care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 89-page report, “‘I Always Remember That Day’: Access to Services for Gender-Based Violence Survivors in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region,” documents the …

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Sudan coup: Human Rights Council hears calls for return to democratic rule

International calls for the restoration of democratic government in Sudan continued on Friday, as the Human Rights Council met in special session in Geneva to discuss the recent military coup.  Leading condemnation for the 25 October takeover, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that at least 13 civilians have been reportedly killed by military and security forces since then, and more than 300 injured.  Looking on as Ms. Bachelet spoke during the specially …

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Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ by expanding clashes in northern Ethiopia

The Members of the United Nations Security Council expressed “deep concern” about the expansion and intensification of military clashes in northern Ethiopia.  In a press statement released this Friday, they noted the impact of the conflict on the humanitarian situation, as well as the stability of the country and the wider region.    They also welcomed the efforts of the UN Secretary-General. Earlier this week, António Guterres said: “The stability of …

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US Secretary of State holds Talks to resolve Sudan Crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held separate telephone calls with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The Secretary urged General Burhan to immediately release all political figures detained since October 25 and return to a dialogue that returns Prime Minister Hamdok to office …

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