It comes a day after Amnesty International said in a report Tigrayan rebels raped, robbed and beat up women during an attack on a town in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
This article contains references to sexual assault.
The Ethiopian government’s “effective siege” of Tigray is preventing victims of rape committed by warring parties during the year-long conflict of getting access to health care, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.
The HRW claims coincided with a report by fellow campaign group Amnesty International that said Tigrayan rebels raped, robbed and beat up women during an attack on a town in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, the latest disturbing testimony from the war.
HRW accused the warring sides of committing widespread sexual violence and deliberately targeting healthcare facilities, documenting the physical and mental trauma of rape victims aged six to 80.
“The government’s effective siege of Tigray since June is doubly victimising survivors” by denying them critical medical and psychological care, it said.
The report said rape victims required treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, broken bones, stab wounds and post-traumatic stress.
“One year since Tigray’s devastating conflict began, survivors of sexual violence – from gang rape to sexual slavery – remain in desperate need of health care and support services,” said Nisha Varia, HRW’s women’s rights advocacy director.
“Not only have Tigrayan women and girls experienced horrific abuses, they are confronting shortages of food, medicine, and other desperately needed support to rebuild their lives.”