The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) has been following the developments in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concern. On 4 November 2020, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked the Northern Command of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces. This was followed by a military counter attack by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia against the TPLF on the same day.

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Please note that following the publication of the initial Background (see left) on June 17, 2021, the attention of the Commission was drawn to a factual error relating to the context of the conflict in the Tigray region. The Background has since been edited to remove the factual inaccuracy. The Commission extends its unreserved apologies to concerned persons. 

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Members of The Commission

Hon. Hatem Essaiem
Hon. Hatem Essaiem
Hon. Maya Sahli-Fadel
Hon. Maya Sahli-Fadel
Hon. Mudford Z Mwandenga,
Hon. Mudford Z Mwandenga,
Hon. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu
Hon. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu
Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela
Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela

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Public Call for Pro Bono Support

On 12th May 2021, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) adopted Resolution ACHPR/Res. 482 (EXT.OS/XXXII) 2021 – Resolution on the Fact-Finding Mission to the Tigray Region of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Resolution was adopted following concerns about allegations of gross violations in the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region, including sexual violence against women and girls, gang rapes used as weapons of war, killings of civilians by belligerents, allegations of abductions, extrajudicial killings and forced repatriation of refugees and asylum seekers to Eritrea.

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Media Advisory​

Representatives of the media are invited to cover Press Conference on the commencement of the Commission of Inquiry’s (COI) works in the Tigray Region of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.


Press Release

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), in accordance with its mandate of promotion and protection of human rights in Africa under Article 45 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), hereby informs the general public that the Commission of Inquiry on Tigray will officially commence its work on 17 June 2021.


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The Commission calls for the collaboration of all stakeholders to enable it to carry out its mission. 



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