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15 Sep 2015
(New York, - 15 September 2015) The UN Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed concern at the ever increasing impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, and the virtual silence of the international community about the threat to populations.
12 Sep 2015
The UN General Assembly passed its resolution on September 11, 2015, proclaiming 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Initiated by the republic of Armenia, this resolution followed up on another resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council in March.
3 Sep 2015
The Declaration of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Preventionwas adopted at the Fourth Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, on May 29, 2015 in the city of Santiago, Chile. It represents a further step towards the consolidation and formalization of the objectives and areas of work agreed upon by the Focal Points at the launch of the Network in March of 2012.
13 Aug 2015
1. eyeWitness to Atrocities - available for download from Google Play Store
30 Jul 2015
The Stanley Foundation seeks a program officer to join its Policy Programming Department. The chosen candidate will work with the foundation’s leadership team and staff to plan, implement, and assess the impact of the foundation’s human protection programming in pursuit of our mission, vision, and organizational goals.
16 Jul 2015
Since the conclusion of the first meeting of GAAMAC in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 4-6 March 2014, five Member States (Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania) and representatives of non-governmental organizations have been continuing to collaborate and have produced the GAAMAC Founding Document in order to outline the mission of GAAMAC and its operational framework.
12 Jul 2015
The Early Warning Project (http://www.earlywarningproject.com), a publicly available platform to report the risks of potential mass atrocities, has released its recent forecast based on expert opinion pool.
3 Jul 2015
With 2015 marking the 10th anniversary of R2P's adoption, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) has prepared an infographic, "What Can Your Organization Do to Advance the Responsibility to Protect at 2015?", as part of their #R2P10 blog series, detailing recommendations for national governments to advance the responsibility to protect norms and operations at the national, regional, and international levels.
25 Jun 2015
On June 9, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) launched the first edition of National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes Booklet.
13 Jun 2015
(New York, 12 June 2015) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák, and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, strongly condemned the increased number of government aerial attacks in Syria and the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as barrel bombs, including in civilian populated areas. They warned that such attacks could escalate retaliatory action by non-state armed groups, and consequently, increase the vulnerability of religious and ethnic minorities perceived to support the government.
22 May 2015
Conciliation Resources is recruiting a Specialist Editor to work on the third Insight project and publication in our Accord series. This will inform practical learning of how reconciliation can support inclusive peace processes.
21 May 2015
The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) helped organize a meeting on April 30 between civil society organizations and the ACT (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency) subgroup on the Veto to discuss the "(Draft) Non-Paper on a Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes". Over 20 NGOs represented at UNHQ in NY attended the meeting at the Mission of Liechtenstein chaired by Amb. Wenaweser.
13 Apr 2015
(New York, 09 April 2015) The Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, express deep concern about the deteriorating situation of besieged civilian populations in Yarmouk, where more than 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, are trapped by renewed fighting for territorial control among different armed groups, including the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The alleged aerial bombardments by Syrian security forces of residential areas in Yarmouk represent an additional threat to the safety of the civilians trapped in Yarmouk.
13 Apr 2015
(New York, - 9 April 2015) The Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed concern at the dramatic and deteriorating situation in Yemen.
9 Apr 2015
Ms. Felistas Mushi, a former Resident Magistrate in Tanzania and a former Assistant Trial Attorney for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal, made a speech at the Regional Committee and National Committee meeting of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on 9 January 2015, in Kampala, Uganda. The following is a portion of her speech at the meeting.
1 Apr 2015
On February 5, 2015, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum held a public program titled, “Can Atrocities be Prevented? Living in the Shadow of the Holocaust” with Keynote speaker, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Al Hussein’s public policy address stressed his message of accountability for human rights violations and peace building.
10 Nov 2014
Following the GAAMAC meeting of March 2014 in San José, Costa Rica, a video/telephone conference was convened between the six GAAMAC partner states, on October 10, 2014, in order to have an exchange on the developments since March, and to discuss and plan the next steps emanating from the final Chair Statement of the Costa Rica meeting. Representatives from Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania participated in the discussion, together with the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, as a special guest.