Data suggest that Ethiopian and allied forces committed conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) on a widespread and systemic basis in order to eliminate and/or forcibly displace the ethnic Tigrayan population. This is indicated by a number of statements made by perpetrators while committing CRSV.

The highly respected Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

Since armed conflict broke out in northern Ethiopia in November 2020, numerous atrocities – including widespread sexual violence – have been committed. The Mukwege Foundation and the Centre for Human Rights, Gender, and Migration at Washington University in St. Louis collaborated on an independent research study focused on sexual violence occurring in the context of this conflict. The study combined reliable open source material with key informant interview data to shed light on who was reportedly committing conflict related sexual violence, against whom, in what ways, and why. The study also examined conflict-related impacts on individuals and healthcare infrastructures in Northern Ethiopia, including the availability and accessibility of services to CRSV survivors. The study covers the conflict period from November 2020 through May 2022.

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