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The Tragedy in Tigray, Ethiopia

The Tragedy in Tigray, Ethiopia 
Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Program Fee:

Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 for Non-Member Lawyers
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This program will detail the possible war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed in Tigray: starvation, abhorrent sexual violence including gang rape, extrajudicial killings, forced displacement, systematic destruction of food, water and healthcare systems and blockage of humanitarian aid.  Panelists will give context to the conflict explaining its roots and its current state and explore possible paths to resolve this crisis.

The Tigray conflict began in November 2020 when the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) invaded the Tigray region to rout the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a party which had previously been in power for almost 30 years. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the TPLF a terrorist organization and was bent on breaking the power of the TPLF and centralizing the Ethiopian government, which the TPLF resisted. The ENDF is aided by the involvement of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) and the gendarmerie forces of the neighboring Amhara and Afar Regions. All sides but particularly the ENDF and EDF have committed war crimes during the conflict. 

Professor Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation; and Research Professor, The Fletcher School at Tufts University
Tsedale Lemma, Ethiopian journalist and Founder and Executive Editor of Addis Standard (an Ethiopian publication)
Ambassador Michelle Gavin, Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations; and former Ambassador to Botswana
William Davison,  International Crisis Group’s Ethiopia Senior Analyst
Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru, Tigrayan author; Professor, European University Institute;  and a member of the Tana Forum Technical Committee  in Addis Ababa

Elizabeth Barad
, International Law and Gender Consultant

Sponsoring  Committee:
International Human Rights Law, Lauren Melkus, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
African Affairs, Scott Caplan & Doris Toyou, Co-Chairs
United Nations, Clayton T. Cheney, Chair         

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