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Tigray: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL3223, tabled on 20 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the bombing of civilian areas of the Tigrayan city of Mekelle; and what steps they are taking to hold the perpetrators of war crimes to account.

Answered on

29 October 2021

On 20 October, the Minister for Africa publicly stated that we are deeply concerned by reports of escalating fighting and airstrikes in northern Ethiopia. Civilians must be protected and the violence must stop. The UK is supporting the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure that their joint investigation into atrocities in Tigray, with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, is independent, transparent and impartial and holds the parties to this conflict directly responsible for their actions. It will issue its report on 1 November. The Foreign Secretary, the Minister for Africa and our Ambassador in Addis Ababa continue to raise human rights issues in their discussions with the Ethiopian Government and more broadly we have reminded all warring parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.