The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide convened civil society leaders from Ethiopia to discuss how best to measure transitional justice efforts in the country, and what benchmarks would be required for success. This post summarizes key points from that discussion.
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Civilians in Ethiopia have suffered war crimes and crimes against humanity over the past two years of armed conflict, including targeting on the basis of real or perceived identity. The Simon-Skjodt Center urges vigilance as civilians continue to face attacks despite an agreement to cease hostilities.
On November 2, following formal peace talks mediated by the African Union, the Ethiopian government and regional forces from Tigray have agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities. But will justice follow peace in Ethiopia?
Although conflict frequently disrupts food systems, in the case of Ethiopia there are credible reports that parties to the conflict have destroyed food, crops, livestock, and civilian infrastructure such as water sources and that the Ethiopian federal government is responsible for deliberately starving civilians.
After a year of mass atrocities against Tigrayan and other ethnic groups in Ethiopia, the immediate risk facing civilians is expanding to new areas. Famine, crimes against humanity and war crimes by multiple armed actors are placing all civilians at risk with no end in sight.
The Early Warning Project uses patterns from past instances of mass killing to forecast when and where new mass killing episodes are most likely to happen in the future. Each year we update our list of countries experiencing state- and nonstate-led mass killing. The following report compiles our determinations for ongoing mass killings in 2020.
Hilary Matfess, PhD candidate and USIP Peace Scholar Fellow, discusses the latest developments in the crisis and what they mean for the risk of mass atrocities.
Ethiopian civilians are at risk in the country's two-week-old conflict, where government and TPLF forces have already killed hundreds.
Protests against the Ethiopian government erupted in July after Ethiopian singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa was shot and killed in the capital, Addis Ababa, under unclear circumstances. State security forces responded with deadly violence, and the unrest continues to raise regional and ethnic tensions ahead of the delayed 2020 national elections.
The Early Warning Project uses patterns from past instances of mass killing to forecast when new mass killing episodes might happen in the future. At the end of each year we update a list of countries experiencing state- and nonstate-led mass killing. The following report compiles our determinations for onsets of mass killing in 2016 and those cases that we can now judge have ended.