Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

The Ethiopian armed conflict and the humanitarian concerns

Published on: 16 August, 2021
IFRC calls for increased humanitarian response/IFRC.

IFRC calls for increased humanitarian response/IFRC.

Due to the armed conflict, human rights violations are taking place in Ethiopia.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), approximately 600,000 people in the Tigray region were already dependent on humanitarian relief assistance before the armed clashes.

The US is making efforts to settle the Tigrayan question.

Joe Biden is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa to Ethiopia to push for an end to the fighting, amid fears of a humanitarian disaster.

Jeffrey Feltman will travel August 15-24 to Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The White House is also urging Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to negotiate.

The visit comes as the 9-month conflict is widening.

The TPLF said on August 11 that it had allied with the Oromo Liberation Army, an armed group from the nation’s largest ethnic community.

A day earlier, Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed called on all capable adults to join the army or militia.

Abiy sent federal forces into Tigray last November, for what he called ‘law enforcement’.

Since then his troops have been driven back, and Tigrayan forces have pushed into neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions.

Thousands have been killed and 2-million displaced.

The trouble’s spilled over into Sudan and Djibouti.

reports say the Ethiopian crisis is getting worse.

“All programming and partner National Societies bilateral support in response to this crisis, outside of the Tigray region will be coordinated by the IFRC and supported by its Members, under the framework of the FederationWide Emergency Appeal,” the IFRC said in March.