Ethiopian Forces Burned Tigrayan Man Alive: Rights Body

Ethiopian Forces Burned Tigrayan Man Alive: Rights Body

 

 

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on the Sunday that government forces were responsible for burning a Tigrayan man to death, a barbaric act that circulated in a widely-shared video that sparked outrage on social media. Ethiopia's government on Saturday vowed to investigate and take action against anyone

 

involved in the extremely savage act depicted in the video, which shows an unarmed man being set on fire as a group of people, including some wearing army uniforms, taunt him. On Sunday, the EHRC said the victim was a Tigrayan man who was burnt alive with the participation of government security forces and other

 

 

people. The atrocity occurred on the March 3 in the northwestern region of Benishangul Gumuz, which borders Sudan and South Sudan. It followed an attack a day earlier that left at least 20 people dead, the state-affiliated independent rights body said. Security officials later captured and shot dead eight Tigrayans suspected

 

 

of involvement in that assault, it added. The bodies of the deceased were taken by security forces to a nearby forest and burned, the EHRC said in a statement, citing eyewitness testimony. In between this, an ethnic Tigrayan who was suspected of having contact with the deceased, was arrested and thrown (on the pyre) with

 

 

the deceased, with him dying of fire burns, the EHRC quoted eyewitnesses as saying. Those who were in the area were Ethiopian army soldiers, Amhara region special police forces and Southern region police forces, the rights body said, calling for a criminal investigation. 

 

 

Stone Age savagery

The conflict between government forces and Tigrayan rebels in Africa's second most populous country has killed thousands of people. There are widespread reports of atrocities, including mass killings and sexual violence.