Ethiopian government responded to a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch

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The government said it was carefully examining the content of its report on Wolkait.

In addition to serious human rights abuses, the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report published today cover political changes, peace and security, and internal affairs that need to be carefully considered. It also reports on genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

“The government is committed to holding accountable all perpetrators of human rights abuses, which is why the government has set up a task force following a joint investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” the statement says.

“The task force held a second meeting today and issued various directives to expedite the investigation process.” It is explained that the current report would be closely monitored.

The government had questioned the legitimacy of several political issues used by the two institutions to investigate the case.

The government in its statement also said that the report, which is mostly based on witnesses who are close to one group lead it to lose its balance.

Despite the report’s significant shortcomings, the government said it would investigate allegations of wrongdoing against the army and the Amhara Special Forces, but the government task force would investigate them properly.

While the report sadly makes recommendations that are not conducive to any peace efforts, the government reaffirms its commitment to making public the full report of all human rights abuses, the government said.

The government in its statement also said the report came at a time when the government was working to bring unrestricted humanitarian aid to the Tigray region, and that the move would lay the groundwork for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

“It is unwise to judge the jurisdiction over such matters, as internal boundaries should be considered by the constitutional authorities. It is well-known that such reports are used for political purposes. The government also expressed concern about the ethnic content of the report. When trying to please one side, it seems to divide the people evenly. The move would further fuel the hatred needed to build a strong nation,” the Government Communication Service said.


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