On the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report of April 6, 2022, EHRC  Deputy Chief Commissioner Rakeb Messele stated, “Despite the obvious limitations of  remote investigation and some language variations by human rights organizations, the  findings of this report in terms of the Maikadra killings of ethnic Amhara civilians and their forced displacements by the Samri group with the support of Tigray militia and police, and the retaliatory attacks and unlawful large scale displacement by Amhara  Special Forces, militia and the Fano group of Tigrayan residents are consistent with what  has been documented and reported by EHRC, as well as the Joint Investigation with the  UN on Tigray (JIT). These acts of killings and large scale forced displacement by the  parties may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” 

The Deputy Chief Commissioner called for implementation of the JIT recommendations  including “for parties to refrain from taking any measures that could cause further  displacement; create an enabling environment for the safe, secure and voluntary return  of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); and find a sustainable solution to the Welkait Tsegede protracted land dispute.”

Recalling the recent positive developments towards the cessation of hostilities and  improved humanitarian assistance, she also reiterated “EHRC’s call for building on the  recent developments towards a sustainable political solution and peace, restoration of  basic services, rehabilitation of victims and affected areas in Afar, Amhara and Tigray as  well as accountability measures for justice. EHRC will continue with its monitoring and  investigation work in all the conflict affected areas”