Inside Story

Are war crimes allegations in Ethiopia being ignored?

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch release joint report on atrocities in the Tigray region.

Mass killings, rape, torture, people deprived of food and forcibly transferred.

These are some of the most serious allegations from almost 18 months of war in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say evidence of ethnic cleansing and war crimes is being ignored internationally.

They accuse officials and security forces from the neighbouring Amhara region of a coordinated campaign against Tigrayan people.

Fighting since November 2020 has so far killed thousands of people and forced many more to seek refuge in bordering countries Sudan and Eritrea.

Ethiopia’s government is pledging to make the guilty accountable but says the report’s “ethnic undertones” could drive hatred.

So what should be the response to the allegations?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Ann Fitz-Gerald – director of Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada

Laetitia Bader – Horn of Africa director, Human Rights Watch

Gebrekirstos Gebreselassie – founder and editor, – website documenting the war