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Ethiopia dismissed evidence of war crimes confirmed by CNN investigation



Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told CNN in a statement on Friday: “The Ethiopian government has expressed its willingness to conduct an independent investigation in the Tigray area.”

The statement added: “Regardless of whether Western media reports or not, social media posts and claims cannot be used as evidence. Therefore, why is it welcome to investigate the allegations to take remedial actions and hold accountable? Therefore, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Office are working together in The High Commissioner is already investigating.”

An investigation conducted by CNN and Amnesty International announced on Thursday that it verified footage of at least 11 unarmed men being executed after soldiers executed dead bodies near Mahibere Dego in the town of Tigrayan.

The Ethiopian government did not respond to CNN’s request for comment until the investigation was published and broadcast.

An investigation led by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was also released on Thursday, confirming a massacre near Mahibere Dego.
The execution of Mahibere Dego was not an isolated incident. CNN’s investigation revealed that many mass killings occurred during the five-month conflict.

A previous investigation by CNN collected witness testimony, claiming that soldiers from neighboring Eritrea had crossed the border and carried out massacres, extrajudicial executions, and used rape and sexual violence as weapons.


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