Date(s) - 20/05/2023
12:15 - 14:00
Leamington Spa Baptist Church
At 12:30 on 20 May, Warwick District UNA will host a hybrid meeting (a live presentation and via Zoom) by Dr Lutz Oette and Dr Mohamed Abdesalam Babiker on the subject
How can the international community bring peace and prevent civil wars in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea – the Horn of Africa?
Both speakers will address the meeting on the current politics and international issues relating to South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
As this notice is published there is an on-going civil war in Sudan as well as an on-going war with Tigray – the Horn of Africa. There has been a long history of rivalry between Ethiopia and Sudan. In the 1990s, Sudan supported militant Islamist groups while Ethiopia backed the Sudanese opposition. all culminating into the division of Sudan with South Sudan as a separate nation. Then there is the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea where the UN Monitoring Group had been deployed. Then there was the Eritrean-Ethiopian war for twenty years with a final peace only agreed in 2018. Then there are Eritrean troops fighting in Tigray.
Both Speakers will give us a better understanding of the complexities of international politics within these countries and the role of various political factions/stakeholders etc. Has the international community especially the UN failed these governments to bring about just peace and what more can be done to prevent civil wars in that region?
The live event will be held in Leamington Spa Baptist Church (Warwick Hall), Chandos Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RN.
The Zoom link will be
Meeting ID: 839 5288 0048
Meeting ID: 839 5288 0048
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/
12:15 pm – Meeting hall open and Zoom
12:30 pm – Meeting starts prompt
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Address by Speakers
1:30 pm – 1;45 pm – Q & A session
1:45 – 2:00 pm – Hall clearance
Tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunches.
Dr Lutz Oette
Professor of International Human Rights Law
School of Law, SOAS, University of London
Dr Lutz Oette is a Professor of International Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London.
He is the co-director of the SOAS Centre for Human Rights Law, and the co-author (with Ilias Bantekas)
of International Human Rights Law and Practice (CUP) and editor and co-editor (with Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker)
of two books on criminal law reform and constitution-making in Sudan.
Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker (Sudan)
Appointed Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Eritrea in September 2022
Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker is an Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Khartoum, and founding Director of its Human Rights Centre. He teaches human rights law, refugee law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law among others. Dr. Babiker is also a practicing lawyer and conducted international investigations in many countries in the Horn of Africa in the areas of human rights and international humanitarian law.
In addition to Dr. Babiker’s academic qualifications, he has extensive experience working with international human rights organizations and institutions, including the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). In December 2017, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Humanitarian Expert with the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group. In December 2018, he was also appointed as the Humanitarian Expert with the Panel of Experts on Somalia. Dr. Babiker also worked as a Legal Advisor and a Human Rights Officer with UN and AU peacekeeping operations, as well as a number of UN agencies. Dr Babiker was awarded a PhD in law in 2005 from the University of Nottingham, School of Law, UK, in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. He was also awarded a LLB (Hon) degree in Law in 1998 from City University-London, UK. He also obtained a MA Degree in English/Arabic Applied Linguistics and Translation in 1996 from the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) and BA (Hon) Degree in English Language and French language in 1994 from the University of Khartoum.