The African Union Starts Commission of Inquiry on War in Tigray

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Jamie Jang

On June 16, 2021, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights launched a Commission of Inquiry to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations in Tigray, Ethiopia. The Commission of Inquiry is in accordance with the Commission’s mandate to promote and protect human rights in Africa under Article 45 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.[1] According to a press statement, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will begin its work in Banjul, Republic of Gambia, and “will conduct investigations on the ground and in neighboring countries when the conditions are met.”[2] “The Commission of Inquiry has a mandate to, inter alia, investigate allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and to gather all relevant information to determine whether the allegations constitute serious and massive violations of human rights.”[3] The Commission of Inquiry on Tigray officially commenced on June 17, 2021.[4]

[1]               Press Statement on the official launch of the Commission of Inquiry on the Tigray Region in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia African Union. June 16, 2021.

[2]               Id.

[3]               Id.

[4]               Id.