Eritrea dismisses Amnesty’s accusations of war crimes in Tigray region
On Thursday, September 7, 2023, Amnesty International made damning accusations against the Eritrean military, claiming that they have been committing war crimes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, despite a peace agreement reached in November of last year.
In response, the Eritrean government has vehemently denied these allegations put forth by Amnesty International, specifically regarding war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Eritrean soldiers in Tigray. The government issued a statement through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations on September 5, dismissing the allegations as baseless.
The Eritrean Ministry further criticized Amnesty International’s report, stating that it lacks credibility due to its flawed methodology and the inclusion of unfounded claims and distortions. The government described these allegations as “disgusting lies” and an attempt to demean the Eritrean people.
Furthermore, the Eritrean Ministry accused Amnesty International of spreading hatred and attempting to sow discord between Eritrea and Ethiopia. It denounced the rights group’s continuous campaign against the State of Eritrea and accused them of relying on anonymous sources rather than conducting their own research.
It is worth noting that Eritrean troops provided support to the Ethiopian army during the two-year civil war against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) from November 2020 to last year.