NAIROBI, Kenya — Rape has passed off “conclusively and without a doubt” in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray status, the country’s minister for ladies said in a rare government acknowledgement of the toll on civilians during 100 day of fighting.
The minister, Filsan Abdullahi Ahmed, issued the statement late Thursday after a task force visited Tigray to investigate accounts of sexual assault in a status of some 6 million other folks that remains largely decrease off from the sector.
“We await the investigation of these depraved crimes,” the minister said, adding that a team from the attorney general’s place of business is processing the information. She did now not say how many rape accounts the task force participants tranquil or what parts of the Tigray status they visited.
A spokesman for the attorney general’s place of business did now not immediately reply to questions.
The minister’s statement came hours after the Ethiopian Human Rights Price in a contemporary story said 108 rapes had been reported to health facilities in the past two months in the Tigray capital, Mekele, and the communities of Adigrat, Wukro and Ayder.
“Local constructions such as police and health facilities the place victims of sexual violence would normally flip to story such crimes are now not in place,” the story said. “Therefore, there may be a possibility that the actual number of cases may be increased and extra widespread than the reported cases.”
Several witnesses have instructed The Associated Press about alleged rapes by Ethiopian troopers or those from neighboring Eritrea, an enemy of the fugitive Tigray leaders and whose presence Ethiopia’s government denies.
Last month the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict said “excessive allegations of sexual violence” had emerged in Tigray, while ladies and women face shortages of rape kits and HIV capsules amid restrictions on humanitarian access.
“There are also disturbing experiences of individuals allegedly compelled to rape participants of their personal family, beneath threats of imminent violence,” Pramila Patten said in the U.N. statement. “Some ladies have also reportedly been compelled by military parts to have sex in exchange for basic commodities, while medical centers have indicated an increase in the demand for emergency contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections.”
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