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Reports, footage of Tigray executions are 'deeply disturbing,' US senator says after CNN investigation

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on February 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Garland previously served as the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.(Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

US Sen. Chris Coons calls "deeply disturbing" reports and footage of executions in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

(CNN)US Sen. Chris Coons calls "deeply disturbing" reports and footage of executions in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

His comments come after a CNN investigation found that men wearing Ethiopian army uniforms executed unarmed men in Tigray.

A US State Department spokesperson told CNN on Friday that officials "are gravely concerned by reported human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities" in the region and noted increasing urgency "to establish independent, international investigations. "

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is an Ethiopian state-appointed body, part of a US-supported joint mechanism tasked with carrying out investigations into alleged atrocities in Tigray.

Ethiopia's government said Friday that "social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence," after a CNN investigation found that Ethiopian soldiers executed unarmed men in the country's war-torn Tigray region.

The office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told CNN in a statement, "The Ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be undertaken in the Tigray region. "

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