The United States (US) has called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia “immediately” after reports of rape and sexual violence.
US envoy to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated the US’ position shortly after speaking at a UN security council meeting on the Tigray conflict.
The US has also called for a joint investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in Tigray.
“We acknowledge Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to hold accountable all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and atrocities. The Eritrean government must make a similar commitment,” the US mission said in a statement.
While Eritrea has previously dismissed accusations of abuses, Ethiopia says it is investigating the reports of sexual violence.
A senior Eritrean official described the allegations as fabricated.