The Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), in collaboration with United Tegaru Canada, is hosting a virtual discussion to shine light on the ongoing humanitarian crisis occurring in northern Ethiopia's Tigray Region.
The event will be livestreamed on MIGS' Facebook and YouTube pages.
Allan Rock, President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa and Professor, Faculty of Law. Rock teaches international humanitarian law and armed conflict in international law. He is the former Canadian Minister of Justice and former Canadian Ambassador to the UN.
Mukesh Kapila, Professor (Emeritus) of Global Health & Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, where he also founded and chaired the Manchester Global Foundation. He served as a Special Adviser to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan and then to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. He then became the United Nations' Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan (2003-04) leading what was at the time, the UN's biggest operation in the world.
Tag Elkhazin, Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, UK.
Nima Elbagir, Senior International Correspondent at CNN. In 2020, she was named the Royal Television Society’s Television Journalist of the Year and, in 2019, received the Alfred I du-Pont Colombia University Award in the investigative category for her reporting on human rights abuses across Africa.
Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
Fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, began on November 4, 2021. Since then, the conflict has resulted in the displacement of 2 million people, the slaughter of approximately 2,000 Tigrayans, and has left 4 million people in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Eyewitnesses and journalists, whose presence has been severely restricted in the Tigray region by the Ethiopian government, have recounted countless atrocities including mass murder of Tigrayans of all ages, widespread rape of Tigrayan women, destruction of Tigrayan schools and homes, fields and livestock, and widespread hunger in a region already extremely vulnerable to famine.