US Accused of Ignoring Ethiopia War Crime
U.S. accused of ignoring Ethiopia war crimes
Satellite images purportedly show destroyed villages near Somalia
MSNBC News Services
updated 3:46 p.m. ET June 12, 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States and other Western governments are ignoring clear evidence of war crimes by Ethiopia, a key U.S. ally that launched a military crackdown on rebels last year, a human rights group said Thursday.
Separately, a U.S.-based science group said satellite images confirm reports that villages have been destroyed in the country's Ogaden region.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said America's relationship with Ethiopia means an alliance with a country repeatedly accused of violating human and political rights. In recent years, Ethiopia has become a U.S. partner in the fight against al-Qaida, which has been trying to sink roots in the Horn of Africa.