Press Statement On The Recent Airstrikes In The Tigray Region Of The Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Commission) recalls its Press Release of 9 and 26 November 2020 respectively, on the Socio-Political Crisis in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and its ResolutionACHPR/Res.469 (LXVII) 2020 on the Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; condemning the use of force and calling on the Government of Ethiopia to take actions to protect the human rights of the populations affected and take concrete steps to end the conflict.

The Commission has since been closely monitoring the crisis in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Ethiopia) and is deeply saddened by the alarming reports of the recent resurgence of   military offensive   between the Federal Government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

Reports indicate that Ethiopia’s Military have carried out airstrikes, the fourth in a week in the capital city of Mekele, as fighting intensified between the Federal Government and Regional Forces.

The Commission is deeply concerned about the escalation of the conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia and its impact on the civilian population amidst widespread allegations of human rights abuses including, the killings of thousands of people; disruption of livelihoods; and displacement of more than two million people since the beginning of the conflict in November 2021.

The Commission is also concerned about the increasing humanitarian needs in the region where millions of people are reported to be in dire need of food and aid relief assistance, with hindered access to the necessary humanitarian aid.

The Commission would once again like to remind the Federal Government of Ethiopia of its commitments and obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights; International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

The Commission reiterates its call on all the parties to the conflict to halt all military offensive and end hostilities; prioritize the welfare of the people of Tigray; protect its civilians; and engage in a dialogue with a view to finding lasting, peaceful and mutually acceptable solutions to the crisis.

The Commission urges the Federal Government of Ethiopia to take all necessary measures to restore and facilitate the speedy and unhindered access of humanitarian aid and relief, particularity food and nutrition supplies, medicine and other assistance to the region, to avoid famine   and increased hunger related deaths; as well as restore essential services including essential commercial commodities, electricity, communications and banking services in the Tigray Region.

The Commission also associates itself with the various condemnations concerning the situation in the Ethiopia, and calls on all stakeholders within the International Community to combine their efforts in order to take appropriate measures needed to restore peace and security in Ethiopia.

The Commission recalls the African Union’s commitment and readiness to assist Ethiopia in its efforts to promote peace and stability in the country.

The Commission continues to be seized of the situation.


Honourable Commissioner Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga, Commissioner Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


23 October 2021