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Restoring Humanitarian Access in Ethiopia

February 22, 2021 • 9:00 – 9:45 am EST

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The conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has displaced millions, and created massive humanitarian need. Despite negotiated agreements with the United Nations, the federal government and ethnic militias continue to impede humanitarian access, disrupting the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to over 2 million people in need. Humanitarian organizations, and the international community, continue to demand full cooperation from the Ethiopian government to allow unfettered access, with limited results.

The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda and CSIS Africa program welcome Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee CouncilCatherine Wiesner, Head of External Engagement at the UNHCR Regional Bureau for East Africa, Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes, and Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, for a discussion assessing the challenges to humanitarian access in Ethiopia and a pathway forward.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Judd Devermont

Jan Egeland

Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council

Catherine Wiesner

Head of External Engagement at the UNHCR Regional Bureau for East Africa, Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes

Daniel Bekele

Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission