The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC/the Commission) is monitoring the general human rights situation in the war affected parts of Tigray and surrounding areas, the safety and security of civilians as well as the situation internally displaced persons (IDPs). This report is a follow up to the Commission’s earlier monitoring missions of December 15 to 20, 2020 and 31 December 2020 to January 5, 2021.
EHRC’s latest investigative mission, focusing on Mekelle and Alamata, Mehoni and Kukufto cities in Tigray’s Southern Zone, took place from January 10 to January 23, 2021 and talked to military and civilian leadership, residents, health sector workers, affected persons and internally displaced persons currently sheltered in Mekelle city.
Owing to the security situation, the Commission will continue to remotely monitor the human rights situation in parts of Tigray, especially Northern Tigray, where access has still not been made possible, and inform the public of its findings in due course. The overall extent of civilian casualty including killings in the context of the curfew enforcement are still being investigated and will form part of future reports. The ongoing security situation in the region and the still partial and slow resumption of the infrastructural and social/basic services makes it difficult to monitor and investigate the situation in all parts of the region at the desired pace and scale. The Commission will investigate reports of civilian casualty in connection with enforcement of curfew and other human rights violations and findings thereof will be included in upcoming reports. This report focuses on the key findings from the Commission’s latest mission.
Find the full report here: Current Situation of Residents in Tigray Region – Brief Monitoring Report