International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

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​In its resolution S-33/1, on the situation of human rights in Ethiopia, adopted on 17 December 2021, the Human Rights Council decided to establish, for a period of one year, renewable as necessary, an international commission of human rights experts on Ethiopia, comprising three human rights experts, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to complement the work undertaken by the joint investigative team.

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Mandate

  1. To conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in Ethiopia committed since 3 November 2020 by all parties to the conflict, including the possible gender dimensions of such violations and abuses, by building upon the report of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission;
  2. To establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violations and abuses, to collect and preserve evidence, to identify those responsible, where possible, and to make such information accessible and usable in support of ongoing and future accountability efforts;
  3. To provide guidance on transitional justice, including accountability, reconciliation and healing, as appropriate, and to make recommendations on technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia to support accountability, reconciliation and healing;
  4. To integrate a gender perspective and a survivor-centred approach throughout its work;
  5. To engage with all relevant stakeholders, including the Government of Ethiopia, including regional State governments, the Government of Eritrea, the Office of the High Commissioner, the interministerial task force, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, the African Union, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and civil society;

The Council requested the international Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia to present an oral briefing to the Human Rights Council at its fiftieth session, to be followed by an interactive dialogue, and to present a written report to the Council at its fifty-first session, to be followed by an interactive dialogue, and to the General Assembly at its seventy-seventh session, to be followed by an interactive dialogue.

In accordance with this mandate, the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia was established, based in Entebbe, Uganda. The President of the Human Rights Council appointed a Chair and two other high-level experts.


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President of Human Rights Council appoints members of investigative body in Ethiopia
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2 March 2022

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​The international Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia: ohchr-ichreethiopia@un.org

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