On December 9, from 12.00 – 13.00 CEST (14.00 – 15.00 EAT) LANDac organizes a lunch seminar to discuss the ongoing events in northern Ethiopia. Since early November, tensions escalated between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (the TLPF) and the national government led by prime minister Abiy Ahmed. Accusations of human rights violations and even genocide have been made from both sides, but are difficult to verify because of a communications blockage in the region. The conflict displaced tens of thousands of people. Latest reports claim a victory for the federal government, that regained control over Tigray’s capital Mekelle.
The events taking place this November are not happening in isolation – but are a result of longstanding historic tensions between national groups often backed by international parties. For many years, they have been contesting power; political power, but even more so struggling for power over Ethiopia’s economy and land, a controversial subject in Ethiopia for many years – known to many within the national and international land governance community.
You are warmly invited to join LANDac during this one-hour open discussion, organized in collaboration with LANDac fellows from Ethiopia. We will discuss this month’s events and put them into perspective: what do we know about what is happening? What events led to the current conflict? We will also reflect upon the link with land governance: what does the war in Tigray has to do with reports of the many landgrabs in the country and the government’s policy to stimulate land-based investments?
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Topic: LAND at Lunch – On the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia from a land governance perspective
Time: Dec 9, 2020 12:00 PM Amsterdam
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