Amnesty International’s new report says military forces are subjecting women and girls to sexual violence – which is considered a war crime by the UN.
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A recent report released by Amnesty International states that Ethiopian Forces, Eritrean Forces, the Amhara Regional Police Special Force, and a militia group called Fano, have subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual atrocities, causing physical and mental trauma.
In its report, Amnesty International interviewed 63 sexual violence survivors together with medical practitioners. From the 63 correspondents, 28 identified Eritrean forces as the main rape offenders.
The ongoing war in the Tigray region has left women and girls vulnerable to various abuses. The war – which began in November 2020 – has caused severe economic damage and put local citizens in serious danger.
Famine has ripped through the region, causing havoc, and millions remain displaced.
Earlier this year, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lockwood, said that sexual violence cases were being reported by the UN team. He called out troops from every side and said all had been involved in human rights violations against women and girls in Tigray.
The UN is currently investigating and is yet to release its findings. The Amnesty International has detailed a number of different incidents including ethnic slurs, death threats, violence, slavery, and torture.