Joint NGO Call for a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the ongoing human rights crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia

In a joint letter released today, a group of NGOs urge the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to adopt a resolution on the ongoing human rights crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia at its upcoming 47th session (HRC47, 21 June-15 July 2021). 

“A robust, dedicated and coordinated approach to this human rights crisis by the international community is both critical and urgent, given the gravity of ongoing crimes, the complex nature of the situation, and the involvement of various parties,” write the signatory organisations. “After seven months of serious violations and abuses, the HRC can no longer stay silent. It should take urgent action to address the crisis and fulfil its mandate to address and prevent violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations and abuses, and to respond promptly to emergencies.”

Among other things, the signatories urge states to adopt a resolution that requests the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on her investigations, findings and recommendations regarding the human rights situation in Tigray, and possible violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.


Read the letter.


Human Rights Defender of the Month: Ocen Ivan Kenneth

Ocen Ivan Kenneth is a Program Director at Foundation for Development and Relief Africa (FIDRA), with more than 10 years’ experience working in the human rights field. Ivan’s ambitions for change focus on building inner peace, defending human rights and empowering local communities using theatre and storytelling. He creates a space where people from the community share their personal stories of trauma and resilience as well as identify mechanisms of healing.


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