Northern Ethiopia Massacre Death Toll at Least 600, Rights Commission Says

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has reported that at least 600 civilians were brutally killed in Maikadra, Tigray region on November 9.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has reported that at least 600 civilians were brutally killed in Maikadra, Tigray region on November 9. 

The rights commission has conducted an investigation into the areas of Maikadra, Abrhajira, Sanja, Dansha, Humera and Gondar from November 14 to 19 for human rights violations following the massacre. 

Preliminary findings of the report revealed that a youth group called Samri with local security forces went to houses and killed civilians who are of Amharas and Wolkaits ethnicity. 

The report said, “members of Samri, with the help of the local police and militia, moving from house to house and from street to street, began a cruel  and atrocious rampage on people they pre-identified/profiled as Amharas and Wolkaits. They  killed hundreds of people, beating them with batons/sticks, stabbing them with knives,  machetes and hatchets and strangling them with ropes. They also looted and destroyed  properties.”

The commission reported that aside from the apparent reason that the killings were ‘ethnicity based,’ mostly men were targeted in the attack. Several people from other ethnic groups have also been murdered. 

The EHRC concluded, “the overall conduct and results thereof, strongly indicate the commission of grave human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

This, amidst the armed conflict between Ethiopia’s National Defence Forces and the Tigray Regional Government’s security forces. 

“It is now an urgent priority that victims are provided redress and rehabilitation, and that perpetrators involved directly or indirectly at all levels are held to account before the law,” EHRC Chief Commissioner Daniel Bekele said.

 

 

 


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