Following allegations made by the BBC last week against Amhara militias present in the Western Tigray region, in Ethiopia, the University of Gondar has published a report denying those allegations, considering them to be unfounded.

According to the university in the Amhara region, in fact, the revelations published by the BBC last week are devoid of any real basis, firmly debunking the report that some mass graves were dug up in order to proceed with the destruction of the bodies buried there.

In a note issued on May 9, the University of Gondar reported that it had conducted extensive research over the past year on human rights violations in the region, and especially on the Amhara population residing in the Wolkait, Tegede and Telemt areas.

Such research would have shown how the actions of the TPLF forces would have systematically conducted human rights violations against the local population, resulting in the death of numerous residents of the affected areas, who would then be buried in mass graves scattered in several places in the region.

This conduct has allegedly been perpetuated continuously since the mid-1990s as a result of the forced annexation of these areas to Tigray territory.

The University of Gondar therefore defines the allegations made by the BBC as completely unfounded and the result of a manipulation of reality, as evidenced by its own field investigations and analysis of the findings and human remains identified in the many mass graves.

No mass grave containing remains of Tigrinya nationals would have ever been identified by the University of Gondar team, defining on the contrary as propaganda the allegations by the TPLF of the unearthing and destruction of bodies as reported by the BBC article.


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