Past Event


Public Hearing: Destruction of Schools in Syria

  •  Geneva, Switzerland
  •  09:00 - 13:00

Throughout the war in Syria, schools have come under repeated attack from both government and rebel forces. On 22 March 2018, Syrian victims and activists will gather in Geneva for a public hearing-style event examining the impact of the destruction of schools in the context of the Syrian conflict. The event will be hosted by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the ten Syrian organizations that together comprise the Save Syrian Schools project.

The victim testimonies will be accompanied by a “Panel of Conscience”, which will be present on stage to listen to the stories of victims, lend authority and legitimacy to the recommendations issued, and provide symbolic support for all victims of the conflict. The panel will include Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Pablo De Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and David Tolbert, President of the ICTJ.

To attend the event, RSVP here.  For anyone unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available.


Human Rights: The Foundation for Peace

  •  Washington, D.C.
  •  09:00 - 10:00

By United States Institute of Peace

The Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA), will draw on their experiences promoting human rights in authoritarian and violent, conflict-affected countries at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)’s Inaugural Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. During the event, they will discuss their shared approach to addressing the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Burma, the destructive Syrian armed conflict, and the plight of ethnic and religious minorities throughout the Middle East and in Asia.


Preventing Conflict to Create Pathways for Peace

  •  Washington, U.S.
  •  09:00 - 10:30

By the U.S. Institute of Peace

Many atrocities take place against a backdrop of armed conflict. While atrocity prevention and conflict prevention are different, the latter can contribute to the former. On 6 March, the World Bank Group and the United Nations will present their joint study “Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict”. The joint study offers national and international actors an agenda for action on how conflict can be prevented from turning violent.



  •  Palais des Nations, Geneva
  •  15:00 - 16:30

The permanent mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, in cooperation with the permanent missions of Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Tanzania and Uganda invite to a side event about the Prevention Platform Global Action against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) on the occasion of the forthcoming third Global GAAMAC Meeting (GAAMAC III) in Kampala, Uganda, from 23-25 May 2018.

Switzerland's Ambassador H.E. Mr. Valentin Zellweger will open the event, followed by keynote messages by UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide H.E. Mr. Adama Dieng, GAAMAC Chair Ms. Mô Bleeker, and Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response Mr. Vamos-Goldman. An interactive exchange will also take place.