Lord Alton and the Coalition for Genocide Response invite you to a webinar on: 

The Use of Starvation Against the People of Tigray 

5:00-6:00 PM BST on 22 June 2021


Armed conflict and mass atrocities have destroyed Tigray’s economy and food system and so pose a threat of famine. 5.7 million people are affected by this crisis, with the United Nations estimating that 4.5 million are ‘in need.’ 

Starvation of civilians is often used as a method of warfare, and as such may constitute a war crime. It is crucial to consider whether this is the case in Tigray and if so, what should be the responses. Also, the use of starvation may be seen imposing conditions of life calculated to bring about the destruction of a protected group in whole or in part, as per Article II of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and as such, where there is a risk of genocide, States should trigger the duty to protect. 

The panellists will discuss the issue of starvation as a war crime or as a genocidal method and the needed responses from States and the international community. 

Speakers include: 

Lord Alton of Liverpool, Cross-bench Peer at the UK House of Lords

Alex de Waal, Executive director of the World Peace Foundation and research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Aarif Abraham, barrister, Garden Court North Chambers 

Further speakers will be announced shortly. Please register here: https://StarvationInTigray.eventbrite.co.uk 

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