The United Nations urges a “zero tolerance” policy for crimes of sexual violence in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region.

Pramila Patten, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, indicates that there were been increasingly reports that some women are being forced by “military elements” to have sex in exchange for basic commodities. She calls on the governemnt of Ethiopia as well as on all the humanitarian actors and independent human rights monitors „to commit to a zero-tolerance policy for crimes of sexual violence, in line with their respective obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law“.