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GRC hosts workshop on Starvation Training Manual in Beirut

11 February 2020

On 6 February 2020, GRC hosted the first of a series of workshops on our newly published Starvation Training Manual in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop aimed at convening those stakeholders that GRC have engaged with, and hold a multi-disciplinary dialogue on how to prohibit, prevent and render mass starvation accountable.

The workshop brought together delegates from Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) Yemen, OHCHR Syria, Mwatana, Open Society Foundation (OSF), Geneva Call, award winning Jane Ferguson, and other journalists with expertise on Syria, South Sudan and Yemen amongst other food insecurity and conflict situations. The presentations by GRC Trainers – Catriona Murdoch and Oliver Windridge explained the meaning of starvation, importance of its labelling and gathering linkage evidence. It also generated interesting discussions on establishing the requisite intent to starve, how to monitor situations of starvation, and how to enhance reporting, all covered in the GRC Starvation Training Manual.

The starvation training manual is a unique toolkit designed for a wide audience including: professional investigators, human rights defenders, journalists, civil society organisations, academics, the military police officers, and humanitarian actors, interested in being able to identify the deliberate use of starvation, strengthen protection strategies and insulate their operations, reporting and responses. The Manual is currently being translated into Arabic and is being developed into a portable device application for mobile phone and tablet use in the field and the feedback from this workshop will inform how the App can be developed to best suit the needs of investigative and monitoring organisations.


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