ADDIS ABABA – The government of Ethiopia must honor the latest promise of humanitarian access in Tigray regional state, says Amnesty International on Tuesday.
Amnesty said this following the agreement between the government and United Nations to allow humanitarian aid workers expanded access to the region, where nearly three million people need assistance after conflict broke out in November.
On Tuesday, the government reiterated its stand to collaboratively work with its humanitarian partners in providing aid to people in need of support in the region.
Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, said, “for the past three months, the full scale of human suffering in Tigray has been unknown, compounded by restricted access to the region, and internet and telephone blackouts”.
“The Ethiopian authorities must live up to their promise to allow humanitarian access to the region, where civilians continue to bear the brunt of fighting,” the deputy director.
The authorities must do everything in their power to facilitate access for humanitarian and human rights workers to civilians in Tigray whose lives have been torn apart by the fighting,” Jackson added.
Amnesty official said so much is at stake for the authorities renege on the latest agreement.
“We reiterate our call on all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligation under international humanitarian law to facilitate rapid, unimpeded access for impartial humanitarian relief,” Deputy director JAckson said.
The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s northern region has been exacerbated by fighting between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray regional government ruling party, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which began in November 2020.