Inside Story

Ethiopia’s escalating conflict and allegations of war crimes

As a nationwide state of emergency is declared, what can be done to de-escalate tensions on both sides?

Ethiopia’s yearlong war has been marked by “extreme brutality” from all sides involved, according to the United Nations human rights chief.

A joint investigation by the UN Human Rights Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has found evidence that all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region have, to varying degrees, committed abuses, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

With a new national state of emergency, what actions will be needed to bring an end to this conflict rather than further escalate the situation?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Samuel Getachew – Independent journalist

William Davison – Senior Ethiopia analyst at International Crisis Group

Gebrekirstos Gebreselassie – Writer, researcher and activist who manages, a website documenting the war on Tigray and telling the Tigrayan story