Ethiopian forces burn a Tigray man alive, says rights physique EHRC

Ethiopian forces burn a Tigray man alive, says rights physique EHRC

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Sunday accused authorities safety forces of burning a person alive.

A grotesque video of the incident was circulating on social media. Some of the folks apparently concerned within the incident have been sporting uniforms.

The Ethiopian authorities stated it might take motion towards the perpetrators filmed. DW was unable to independently confirm the authenticity of the video.

The incident is believed to have occurred within the Benishangul-Gumuz area in northwest Ethiopia.

Other Tigrayans shot and burned

According to the fee, safety officers captured and killed eight Tigrayans suspected of a earlier assault that left 20 folks lifeless.

“The bodies of the deceased were taken by security forces to a nearby forest and burned,” the EHRC stated in a press release, citing eyewitness accounts.

“In the meantime, an ethnic Tigrayan suspected of having had contact with the deceased was arrested (…) and thrown with the deceased, who died of burns,” the EHRC added.

“Regardless of their origin or identity, the government will take legal action against those responsible for this gross and inhumane act,” the Ethiopian authorities’s communications service stated in a press release posted on its Facebook web page.

Violence in western Ethiopia

The Benishangul-Gumuz area, bordering Sudan and South Sudan, has seen an upsurge in violence for greater than a 12 months.

The area hosts greater than 70,000 Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees and greater than 500,000 internally displaced Ethiopians in line with the UNHCR.

Tigray leaders referred to as the incident “barbaric” in a press release on Saturday. They accused “Amhara expansionists and their cronies” of perpetrating atrocities towards ethnic Tigrayans residing in Benishangul-Gumuz.

Both events to the Tigray battle are accused of committing rights violations.

(AFP, AP, Reuters, DW)

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