As a service to the atrocity prevention community, GAAMAC posts news directly relevant to atrocity prevention. The opinions expressed in the news articles do not represent the views of GAAMAC, its Steering Group or any partner organization.
26 Feb 2016
The AHDA (Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability) fellowship program gives participants the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study in historical dialogue and related fields at Columbia University in New York City for the fall semester. The comprehensive fellowship program, which runs from August 31, 2016-December 16, 2016, provides fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership; to develop a deeper understanding of and engagement with the past; and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations based in New York and Washington, D.C.
24 Feb 2016
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in order to help prevent mass atrocities against civilians.
23 Feb 2016
GAAMAC II was held in Manila, Philippines from 2 to 4 February 2016. The Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland jointly took the leadership of organizing this meeting, with the mandate and support from the GAAMAC Steering Group.
22 Feb 2016
GAAMAC II was held in Manila, Philippines from 2 to 4 February 2016. The objective of GAAMAC II was to convene interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges and opportunities of developing national architectures on atrocity prevention and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states, international bodies and non-governmental organizations in this field. The Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland jointly took the leadership of organizing this meeting, with the mandate and support from the GAAMAC Steering Group.
13 Feb 2016
(New York, 12 February 2016) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed alarm at the deepening humanitarian emergency and lack of protection of civilian populations in Syria, and welcomed the commitment made on 11-12 February by members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to immediately facilitate the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
1 Feb 2016
We are pleased to announce the programme agenda for GAAMAC II from 2-4 February 2016 in Manila, Philippines.
22 Jan 2016
By the United States Holocaust Memorical Museum The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce the digital release of the Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Written by Dr. Scott Straus, this resource is geared toward practitioners and students seeking an introduction to key issues in the field. The volume analyzes the normative, legal, and operational opportunities and challenges associated with preventing genocide and mass atrocities to date, and identifies unresolved issues in this nascent field of study and practice. Fundamentals also offers important insights into opportunities to strengthen our understanding and ability to implement policies and programs to stop the world’s worst violence.
18 Jan 2016
By the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Right Studies (MIGS) On 1-3 June 2016, the MIGS at Concordia University is organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocity crimes.
14 Jan 2016
Distinguished experts welcomed the occasion of GAAMAC I Opening. Their remarks were addressed to representatives from 52 states, the United Nations, regional organisations, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and experts in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, who participated in the first international meeting of GAAMAC in March 2014 in Costa Rica.
12 Jan 2016
On Tuesday, 15 December 2015, the Mission of Philippines to the UN organized a briefing on GAAMAC II for the UN community. Philippine’s Amb. Yparraguirre introduced the Second International Meeting of the "Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes" (GAAMAC) on "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures" to nearly 50 attendees representing Member States and NGOs interested in atrocity prevention. This global conference is fast approaching to take place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016.
9 Jan 2016
By the International Center for Transitional Justice On December 8, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University hosted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for the 8th Annual Emilio Mignone Lecture on Transitional Justice.
23 Dec 2015
The Second International Meeting of the “Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes” (GAAMAC II) on ‘Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures’ will take place in Manila, Philippines.
15 Dec 2015
By the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila On Friday, 11 December 2015, a briefing was hosted at the Ambassador's Residence introducing the 2nd International Meeting of the "Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes" (GAAMAC) on "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures". This global conference will take place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016.
14 Dec 2015
By the Early Warning Project Which countries in the world are most likely to see the start of new episodes of state-led mass killing in 2016?
8 Dec 2015
By the Stanley Foundation Recent world events have highlighted the threat posed by violent nonstate actors that perpetrate mass atrocity crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes. To examine the challenges facing the international community from these new threats, a roundtable workshop of experts and policymakers was convened at the Airlie Center outside Washington, DC, as part of the Stanley Foundation’s 56th annual Strategy for Peace Conference held October 14-16, 2015.
3 Dec 2015
Who are DCAF-ISSAT’s founding members and what are their roles?
2 Dec 2015
The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is offering in collaboration with Stockton University for a graduate-level Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC).
Joint NGO Statement Urging Coordinated Global Response to the Escalating Human Rights Crisis in Burundi
13 Nov 2015
4 Nov 2015
(New York, 4 November 2015) The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, called on the Government of Myanmar to take all possible measures to ensure that the upcoming elections of 8 November are held in a peaceful environment.
20 Oct 2015
Atrocity crimes disproportionately affect women and girls at an alarming rate. Indeed, women and girls often make up the majority of victims of such violence and bear the brunt of the economic and social consequences of atrocities. Discrimination against women and girls, as well as the violation of their human rights, signals a gradual break down of good governance and the rule of law, with the United Nations Secretary General explicitly stating that such discrimination can be a source of risk. Such violations are also indicators for atrocity crimes, and can themselves amount to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing.