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Interactive Dialogue with the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia
June 30, 2022

Interactive Dialogue with the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Human Rights Council – 50th Session

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States thanks the Commission for your update. We are gravely concerned by the reports of atrocities against civilians in Ethiopia, including those involving extrajudicial killings, forced displacement, arbitrary detentions, and sexual violence.

We are alarmed that thousands are reportedly continuing to be detained arbitrarily in life-threatening conditions in Western Tigray and, in recent weeks, thousands of new arrests have reportedly occurred elsewhere in the country.

We are deeply concerned about the narrowing space for freedom of expression and independent media, including reports of harassment and arbitrary detention of journalists, media professionals, and activists, and the continued information blockade in Tigray.

We call for the immediate release of anyone in arbitrary detention and urge international monitors to be granted full access to all detention facilities. We also call for sustained and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance and restoration of essential services.

We were happy to hear today that discussions are taking place and urge the Government of Ethiopia to fully cooperate with the Commission and allow human rights monitors access to conflict areas to document and investigate alleged atrocities by all parties. Comprehensive, transparent, and inclusive transitional justice, including accountability for atrocities, is essential for lasting peace.

What are the most significant challenges you face in beginning your investigations, and how can the international community support your work?

I thank you.