U.N. rights body will investigate abuses in Ethiopia

The resolution, brought by the European Union and backed by Western states, passed despite objections from Ethiopia, which dismissed accusations of abuses and said it had already cooperated in investigations into the year-old war.

The resolution establishes a three-member panel of experts for one year to collect evidence and identify those responsible for violations with a view to future prosecutions.

Just before the vote, Ethiopia's envoy to the U.N. in Geneva, Zenebe Kebede, dismissed what he called a "politically-motivated" text. "The allegations levied against my country are unfounded and disregard the facts on the ground," he added.

Earlier, he denounced what he said were a series of abuses by rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region and said the government would not work with the proposed panel.

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