ADDIS ABEBA – The government of Ethiopia has condemned the grave human rights violations perpetrated by Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) forces in Maikadra after a rights body made the findings of its investigation on the issue public on Tuesday.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it has found that an atrocious massacre of civilians has been committed by an informal group of youth known as ‘Samri’ in Tigray Region’s Western Zone, on November 9th, 2020.
They were aided and abetted by members of what was then the local administration and security establishment to carry out door-to-door raids and kill hundreds of people they identified as ethnic ‘Amharas and Wolkait origin’, the EHRC found.
The report says at least 600 people have died while many more sustaining bodily and mental injuries.
– ‘War Crime’ –
In a statement issued late Tuesday, the government described the atrocities stated in the findings of the right body as “heart-wrenching”.
“The world has once again witnessed the atrocious crimes Ethiopia has to endure meted out by the TPLF criminal clique,” the government said.
It also said the Commission’s finding confirms that the local TPLF security forces, in collaboration with a TPLF youth group called ‘the Samri,’ killed hundreds of people “with full intent, a plan and preparation as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population”.
Authorities said these atrocities are “grave human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.”
“We call upon the international community to condemn these atrocious acts of crimes against humanity and its perpetrators in no uncertain terms,” it said, adding that: “the Government will spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice”.