The African Union (AU) has launched a commission of inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray. A bloody seven-month conflict in the region has led to warnings of famine and allegations of ethnic cleansing.
In a statement, the AU said the commission, created under the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, will begin its work in the capital of Gambia, Banjul, and will conduct investigations on “the ground and in neighboring countries when the conditions are met.”
An Ethiopian foreign ministry statement criticized the independent inquiry as “misguided” and lacking a legal basis and proposed a joint probe instead.
But members of the new commission said they had not received that statement from Ethiopia, adding the investigation into alleged human rights abuses will go forward.
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