Rights Agency tells Regional, Federal forces to Ensure Protection of Civilians

ADDIS ABEBA – The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is gravely concerned and closely monitoring the fast-developing security situation in Tigrai region and other parts of the country.

Its Chief Commissioner, Daniel Bekele, urges both federal and regional security forces “to ensure the safety and security of civilians and respect human rights at all times”.

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“As Parliament convenes to discuss approval of the State of Emergency declared in Tigrai, it should in particular consider ensuring humanitarian access and support including for food, medicine and other essential civilian services to avoid a complete blockage of communication and transport facilities,” said Daniel.

The Commissioner also reminded all parties that Tigray region is host to several thousands of refugees, most of them coming from neighboring Eritrea.

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