Written by Staff Writer
In a report published on Wednesday, Amnesty International accused Ethiopian soldiers and rebels of carrying out gang rapes in the Ethiopian region of Tigray.
The accusations against the rebel insurgents were made in one of several affidavits submitted to the United Nations security council, which met this week to discuss the fate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.
Amnesty International accused the rebel group, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of forcing women to have sex with them and threatened them with rape if they refused.
Some of the alleged victims said that they were gang raped “morning, noon and night,” while the government troops continued to rape women “after midnight and on weekends,” according to the reports.
The UN mission is tasked with protecting people from human rights abuses, such as torture, rape and murder.
“The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, known as UNMEE, should act to stop the ongoing grave abuses that continue to be committed against civilians in Tigray,” said Amnesty International’s director of East Africa, Craig Murray.
While the UN was aware of the allegations against the rebel rebels, the group could not be prosecuted under Ethiopian laws due to delays in accountability, he added.