A plan by the UN’s top human rights body to hold a special session on Friday to discuss the human rights situation in Ethiopia is facing rejection from the country.
According to Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, it is perplexed and saddened by the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to hold the session at the request of the European Union.
This follows calls on the UN rights body member states to to reject and vote against the special session.
“What should have been a priority for the council, instead, was the urgent task of carrying out an investigation into the violations of human rights and atrocities committed by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) terrorist group in Afar and Amhara regional states,” the government said in a statement.
In response, the UN rights council said the session will discuss the “grave human rights situation” in Ethiopia.
At the end of November, Ethiopia announced that it had set up a task force to deal with human rights violations during the conflict in the north of the country between its military and TPLF rebels.