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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The Dubrovnik Atrocity Prevention School will introduce participants to the foundations and challenges of atrocity prevention and put special emphasis on the implementation of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) principle agreed by all UN member states in 2005. The School includes guest lectures by key experts in the field of atrocity prevention both from the United Nations, regional organisations and civil society in New York, Geneva and the field.

Participants will explore the challenge of assessing the effectiveness of different types of preventions, focusing on preventive diplomacy, field operations, humanitarian action, civil society action, economic inducements and other mean of prevention. During this course, participants will learn different ways of examining and evaluating atrocity prevention, to understand and compare the different actors engaged in this work, to consider the relationship between gender, human rights, and the prevention of atrocity crimes, and to understand, assess and utilise key tools such as preventive diplomacy, peaceful measures, coercive measures, the protection of civilians in complex operations, transitional justice and accountability, and the prevention of recurrence. These insights and skills will be put to the test in a series of exercises.

All participants have to register online at https://iuc.hr/programme/1111 (“Apply”) no later than 15 July 2021


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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

On June 15, join GAAMAC Steering Group Member Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) along with permanent missions of Bangladesh, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to the UN for a high-level discussion the current situation in Myanmar and the implications for the Rohingya.

Speakers include:
- H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkır, President of the General Assembly
- H.E. Mr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh
- H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN
-Mr. Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
- Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
- H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN
- H.E. Mr. @Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN
- Mr. Wajdi Muharram, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN
- Ms. Wai Wai Nu, Executive Director, Women's Peace Network
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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

In the framework of the UN Charter, the General Assembly has the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights. Where human rights violations are so widespread and systematic that they threaten international peace and security, responsibility falls to the Security Council. In many of today’s most serious human rights crises, however, a unified response from the Council has been challenging, bringing greater importance to the critical role the General Assembly can play in the prevention of and response to atrocity crimes.

"The Powers of the UN General Assembly to Prevent and Respond to Atrocity Crimes: A Guidance Document" provides a resource for member states, outlining a number of practical ways the General Assembly can act upon its powers to more robustly respond to atrocities.

The permanent missions of Australia and Croatia to the United Nations, together with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, will co-host a virtual launch event on Thursday, 3 June, to share insights from this new report.

3 June 2021 | 09:30 am ET

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The systematic destruction of cultural heritage often aims at demolishing a targeted group’s history and symbols, undermining their cultural continuity, and may pose an existential threat to their survival.

During the genocide against the Yazidis in 2014, at least 68 significant Yazidi cultural sites were systematically destroyed by the armed extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of their campaign to eradicate the Yazidi presence in northern Iraq. In China the authorities have destroyed Uyghur cultural heritage - including shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage sites - as part of their ongoing and systematic persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. Approximately 16,000 mosques, 65 percent of the total in Xinjiang, have been destroyed or damaged as a result of government policies.

This virtual event will explore the connection between the destruction of cultural heritage and commission of mass atrocities and will examine actions the international community can take to protect vulnerable populations. The event will be realized on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11 am EST / 4 pm GMT+1. 

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Since it became operational in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has established more than 30 investigative bodies tasked with monitoring, investigating and establishing the facts and circumstances of grave abuses and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, some of which may amount to mass atrocity crimes. Commissions of Inquiry (CoI), Fact-Finding Missions (FFM) and other investigative bodies can constitute key mechanisms to respond to the commission of atrocities and prevent their recurrence.

Investigative bodies are an important tool in upholding our Responsibility to Protect. By directly applying an “atrocity lens,” investigative mechanisms can broaden our understanding of patterns of behavior that enable the commission of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. The CoI on Burundi and the FFM on Myanmar have both utilized the UN’s Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes to identify risk factors and potential triggers for war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide. Despite these examples, the systematic inclusion of an atrocity lens in all HRC-mandated investigative bodies has yet to be achieved.

This event aims to increase understanding of how CoIs, FFMs and other mechanisms can systematically include an atrocity lens in their fact-finding and investigations and contribute to accountability, prevention and non-recurrence of atrocities. During the event previous and current members of investigative bodies will unpack lessons learned and best practices from their work.

This event is co-hosted by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Permanent Missions of Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Uruguay.

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