Ceasefire in the Time of COVID-19: An opportunity for peace?

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Following the ceasefire appeal launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 23 March 2020, a number of armed opposition actors reacted positively and declared temporary ceasefires.

There is an interesting online event next week moderated by Fight for Humanity in which several conflicting parties that have answered the call for ceasefires will be invited to personally express themselves on the issue, on what could be done to cease this opportunity for peace, as well as to explain their own responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The debate will involve representatives from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines the Syrian Democratic Forces (Syria) the Southern Transitional Council (Yemen) the National Liberation Army (Colombia).

Here is the flyer and info:-

Panelists Representatives from: the National Democratic Front of the Philippines the Syrian Democratic Forces (Syria) the Southern Transitional Council (Yemen) the National Liberation Army (Colombia) With the participation of: the United Nations Mediation Support Unit the International Committee of the Red Cross

Moderation: Fight for Humanity

Language: English

Event registration Registration is mandatory. Once you have registered you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event on 14 May. You will first access the event waiting room and then the moderator will allow you to join the event at 15:00 CEST. >> Register for the event

Asking questions to the panelists Please send your questions in advance to info@fightforhumanity.org. During the event, please send your questions to the moderator by chat. There will be no direct webcam or microphone interactions between participants and panelists during the event.

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