The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) is organizing an online symposium entitled: "Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: The Case of the Recent Sudanese Conflict", on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 4:00 P.M. (Doha time). CHS is hosting Dr. Muhammed Munir, Regional IHL and Islam Advisor, Jordan, Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, academic and expert in the international humanitarian law, and Dr. Hatem Abdelrahman, Head of Sudanese Doctors Association in Qatar. It will be moderated by Dr. Abdulfatah Mohammed, Visiting Researcher at Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.
In recent weeks, Sudan has experienced an escalation of armed conflict in its capital, Khartoum, involving General Mohamed Hamadan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and General Abdelfatah Al Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and the leader of the Sudanese military. This ongoing armed conflict, occurring the streets of Khartoum, has resulted in significant loss of life for both parties to the conflict. Moreover, the conflict has severely impacted access to water, food, and medical supplies, forcing over 250,000 civilians to seek refuge in Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan while displacing an additional 800,000 individual.
The symposium will explore ways to mitigate the challenges of urban conflicts, the role of humanitarian diplomacy, and the importance of adhering to humanitarian principles. It aims to provide a platform for key policy recommendations to be offered on with a view to urging conflicting parties to respect International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Islamic Sharia Law, and local norms during urban armed conflicts.
The symposium will be held via Zoom and live streamed on Social Media platforms. Interpretation between Arabic and English will be available.
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