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Tigray: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL460, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to table a resolution at the UN Security Council on 19 June about the use of systematic rape and sexual violence against the women and girls of Tigray and demanding that those responsible are brought to justice.

Answered on

8 June 2021

We have spoken about the situation in Tigray in the five 'AOB' discussions on that subject at the UN Security Council and did so again in the 25 March debate on Protection of Civilians, where I as the Minister responsible for Human Rights, raised again continued atrocities inflicted upon the people of Tigray, including endemic sexual violence. In the Security Council Press Statement of 22 April, the members of the Security Council 'expressed their deep concern about allegations of human rights violations and abuses, including reports of sexual violence against women and girls in the Tigray region and called for investigations to find those responsible and bring them to justice'. We will continue to support discussion in the UN on this pressing matter. However, we do not plan to table a specific resolution on Tigray on 19 June.