A global food insecurity crisis looming, hunger being driven to famine levels, fields and farm machinery attacked and besieged city civilians drinking snow and looking for animals to cook. Yet starvation as a war crime still rarely hits the headlines. The use of starvation as a deliberate tactic in today's conflicts has been on the rise since 2017, from Yemen to Ukraine, South Sudan to Tigray to name just a few. Accurate reporting is critical, investigations and accountability are demanded.
In this unique event the Frontline Club and Global Rights Compliance will walk the audience through the most common factual situations and peel back the layers of law and politics surrounding starvation. Friends such as Bellingcat and field journalists will share their experiences in reporting and investigating starvation.
Moderated by Dorothy Byrne.
Dorothy was most recently Editor-at-Large at Channel Four Television, having been the Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four for many years. Prior to that, she was the Commissioning Editor of Dispatches, the Editor of ITV’s The Big Story and a producer/director on World in Action. Dorothy is currently President-Elect of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
Tom is the Horn of Africa correspondent for The Economist. He was based in Addis Ababa for more than 5 years, where he reported on everything from indigenous Ethiopian finance to the politics of religion, from digital piracy to political satire, and from the politics of cultural preservation to the messy collision of camels and trains. In May 2022, Tom was expelled from Ethiopia while reporting on the country's 18 month-long civil war.
Investigator at Centre for Information Resilience, Senior Investigator (Eyes on Russia initiative)
Ben is a senior investigator working on CIR’s investigative program into atrocities and war crimes committed by armed forces in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. Ben and the CIR team work closely with accountability actors and mechanisms at national and international levels to provide digital evidence on these violations. Ben leads the CIR’s investigations into abuses relating to denial of the existential resources of food & water, focusing on targeted critical water infrastructure, as well as compromised food security systems.
Catriona Murdoch is an international criminal and human rights lawyer, with a foremost expertise in the crime of starvation, associated starvation violations and right to food abuses. She has a granular knowledge of the cycle of conflict and hunger across Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Tigray. Called to the Bar of England and Wales and attached to 1 Crown Office Row Chambers in the UK. Catriona leads GRC’s Starvation Portfolio, and also supports various GRC projects, notably the DPRK Accountability Project. Catriona pioneered the first-to-market Starvation. Training Manual and leads training to a range of beneficiaries utilising the Manual and GRC’s toolkits. Catriona has practiced in international criminal law (including at the UN IRMCT, ICC and ICTR courts and tribunals) for over 13 years, advising on crimes arising out of the Rwandan Genocide, the Iraq war, the current conflicts in Yemen and the war in the former Yugoslavia. Catriona was also instructed on the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry representing the first British soldier to be convicted of a war crime.
Liz is a correspondent-at-large covering global affairs. She joined The Post in 2010 in Baghdad bureau chief, then moved to Beirut where she started her career as a stringer in the 1980s to focus on Syria and the region.