Switzerland and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are holding a side-event to discuss recent progress and innovative avenues in the pursuit of justice for serious human rights violations in Asia on 19 September at 2pm at the Palais des Nations. UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will be providing opening remarks. The discussion, which features GAAMAC Chair Mô Bleeker and GAAMAC partner Mofidul Hoque of the Liberation War Museum, will be moderated by Mona Rishwami, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch of OHCHR.  

Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)

Join the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) for a panel event on "Justice denied? Access to justice for victims of sexual violence", that will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm on 11 September 2019 at the Humanitarium in Geneva.

During the event, panellists will share insights into their personal experiences with supporting survivors to bring cases to court, sharing both challenges and lessons learned.

This event is co-organized by CERAH’s Steering Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflicts and Emergencies: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Refugee Law Project.


Organized By : Protection Approaches

Protection Approaches is convening an online consultation aiming to map how European civil society is responding to rising identity-based violence within the region, at its borders and around the world. This online forum will be held from Tuesday 13 August to Thursday 15 August, and will bring together civil society practitioners, researchers, and local and community experts from across the continent to explore a series of key questions, including:

  • What are the obstacles facing, and opportunities for building, a more effective European civil society?
  • What are the lessons to be shared from successful civil society prevention work?
  • How can we break down the conceptual and practical barriers that exist between the fulfilment of prevention responsibilities at home and abroad?
  • What can European civil society do when populations are facing acute risk of identity-based violence?

The consultation will be facilitated on Platform4Dialogue, a discussion platform hosted by GAAMAC partner Peace Direct. During these three days, participants will be expected to log in and join the discussion at least once on each day, by reading the introductory reflection pieces, discussion questions, and comments of other participants, and then contributing by posting comments, responses, ideas, and examples.

The registration deadline to participate in the consultation is Friday, 5 August. Please sign up using this link.

For further information, read the full Call for Participation.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organized By : International Association of Genocide Scholars

Under the theme of "The Missing Picture": Rethinking Genocide Studies & Prevention, the International Association of Genocide Scholars will hold its 14th conference from 14 to 19 July 2019 on the campus of American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. See here for more details and to submit conference abstracts.

Geneva, Switzerland

The Permanent Missions of Botswana and Canada, and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect are convening an event on “Women, Peace and Security and the Responsibility to Protect” on Monday, 17 June 2019, 10:00 - 15:30 at the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva (Avenue de l’Ariana, 1202 Geneva).

Both the emergence of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, as well as the international norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), have transformed dialogues on human rights and the maintenance of international peace and security over the past two decades. However, a gender lens has often been applied by highlighting the role of women as victims of armed conflict and mass atrocities, particularly the disproportionate effect of sexual and gender-based violence on women and girls. These can constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity and may even amount to an act of genocide. It is of fundamental importance to break out of the limited focus on women as victims and instead focus on how to support women as powerful and effective agents of change who can contribute to both preventive and responsive strategies for atrocities.

Through panel discussions and engagement with participants, this event will explore how to bring together the two protection agendas and strengthen the integration of gender into R2P policies, strategies and practices. Doing so will contribute to a more holistic understanding of women as agents of mass atrocity prevention, including women’s impact on accountability measures, reconciliation and rebuilding.

Panel Session 1, 10:00 – 12:30

Focusing on conflicts characterized by sexual and gender-based violence, the first panel discussion will highlight the importance of a systematic application of gender-sensitive protection measures to mass atrocity situations, including in strategies of prevention (early warning and risk assessment), accountability (investigation and prosecution) and reconciliation (community engagement).

Panel Session 2, 13:30 – 15:30

The second panel will focus on the role of women as agents of change and how women have contributed to both preventive and response strategies when facing conflict and mass atrocities, in particular those characterized by sexual and gender-based violence.

To RSVP for the conference, please register here. For further information, please contact:

Ms. Iolanda Joltopuf from the Permanent Mission of Canada at

Lunch will be provided. Detailed agenda to follow.

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