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Online event on “Starvation Crimes – Hunger as a Weapon in Conflict”

Date: 19 June 2020
Location: Online

Malnutrition and hunger have long been associated with violent conflicts. The deliberate and systematic use of starvation is increasingly used as a method of warfare in today’s armed conflict – both against civilian populations as well as against humanitarian aid workers who are targeted or otherwise prevented from accessing those in need. In recent years there have been relevant developments concerning the international legal framework: The UNSC Resolution 2417 (2018) condemns the use of starvation as a weapon of war and the intentional blocking of humanitarian access. More recently, the amendment of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (2019) now allows the persecution of starvation as a war crime. Germany has a critical role to play, as the second largest humanitarian aid donor globally, and in light of its current representation in international fora such as the UN Security Council (UNSC), the UN Human Rights Council and its upcoming Presidency at the EU Council.


With this online event, co-hosted by Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA), we seek to shed light on the operational implications that starvation tactics pose for aid organisations, discuss the new legal framework, and ask for Germany’s role advocating it.


Invited speakers:

Catriona Murdoch, Senior Legal Adviser, Global Rights Compliance

Ute Kollies, Director, UN OCHA Mali

Bucay Deng, Deputy Director, WHH Country Office South Sudan

German Federal Foreign Office, GFFO (tbc)



Michael Kühn (Senior Policy Officer, WHH)

Dr Andrea Steinke (Research Fellow, CHA)


Please register for the event here.


We are looking forward to welcoming you on Friday, 19th June 2020, 11 am – 12:30 pm CEST.


Apologies for cross posting.

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