In Ethiopia, the military is said to have forced women to have sex against consumer goods, among other things.
In Ethiopia there have been reports of serious allegations of sexual violence in the conflict between the country’s government and the state of Tigray, UN news agencies reported.
Numerous alleged rapes, among others, have come to light in Mekele, the capital of the country’s northern state of Tigray. According to UN data, people have been forced to rape their family members at the risk of violence, among other things. The military is also said to have forced women into sex against basic necessities.
UN Special Representative Pramila Patten pointed out that the increased demand for emergency prevention and testing for sexually transmitted diseases found in health centers is often a sign of sexual violence in conflict.
According to Patten, sexual violence against women and girls has also been found to increase in several refugee camps. Patten called on all parties to the conflict to commit to zero tolerance for sexual offenses.
Ethiopia the government has been fighting Tigray State forces since early November, when the Ethiopian Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched hostilities to oust the ruling party in the Tigray area.
There had been tensions between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for a long time. The TPLF has accused the Prime Minister’s administration of persecution and unfair treatment.
According to the UN, more than 59,000 Ethiopians have fled the fighting in neighboring Sudan.