Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

While LGBTQIA+ groups and individuals across the globe are especially impacted by violence during periods of repression and armed conflict, as well as before and after, their experiences are largely overlooked and undocumented. Several regions, including Asia and Africa, continue to outright criminalize homosexuality, and patriarchal norms make LGBTQIA+ communities in Latin America especially vulnerable to gender-based violence, including sexual violence, despite a trend toward decriminalization in the region. Across the globe, as victims and survivors, LGBTQIA+ individuals are often hesitant to come forward for fear of stigmatization and ostracisation, as well as the legal repercussions of their perceived sexuality. They are also often not included in the design and implementation of peace efforts and transitional justice mechanisms, even in cases where these processes are widely seen as gender-sensitive.

This webinar will include Sites of Conscience members and partners and examine the historical roots of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ populations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. There will be a special focus on their experiences under authoritarian regimes and in periods of systematic rights violations, as well as the human rights architecture protecting LGBTQIA+ rights. The webinar will aim to center the needs and demands of this marginalized population and propose approaches for addressing LGBTQIA+ claims through transitional justice policy and practice in a range of global settings, ranging from prosecutions and truth commissions to reparations and institutional reforms, as well as traditional and community-based mechanisms - reforms that can be viewed as part of broader attempts to address gender-based discrimination and violence and to transform gender norms in transitional societies.

Registration is open on this link


Organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues and the Tom Lantos Institute, in collaboration with GAAMAC and others, the Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on Minority Issues will take place online from 16-17 June 2021. 

The main purpose of the Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on “Conflict prevention and the protection of the human rights of minorities” is to provide regional insights, which will feed into the thematic work of the Special Rapporteur for his report to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2022. 

The Africa-Middle East Regional Forum shall be open to the participation of states; intergovernmental organizations including United Nations agencies and mechanisms; national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies; academics and experts on minority issues; representatives of minorities as well as civil society organizations specializing in minority issues.




Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

#RightsCity is Canada's premier conference at the intersection of human rights and technology. This event is organized in partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, the Department of National Defense, the UOttawa Human Rights Research and Education Center, the Embassy of the Netherlands, GAAMAC, the US Embassy, and under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Now in its third year, this event will be held online in light of the pandemic.

This event will take place over four days and will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions from leading global experts working at the intersection of technology and human rights.

Panels will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. To register and learn more, follow this link


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
More information and registration form can be found here


Organized By : Protection Approaches

No region is immune from the risks of identity-based violence and mass atrocity crimes. Across Europe, indicators of social fracture, democratic backsliding and identity-based violence, including mass atrocities, are rising. At the same time, many of the world's crises, from Xinjiang to Myanmar to Tigray are being fuelled by atrocity crimes. What can European states do to replicate their commitments to the Responsibility to Protect in their national policies, both domestic and international?

Bringing together experts in policy, governance, and practice from across the continent, this conversation explores what a European Responsibility to Protect could look like.


- Alicia Kearns - Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom
- Velma Šarić - Founder and President, Post-Conflict Research Center
- Luc Dockendorf - Focal Point for the Responsibility to Protect for Luxembourg

The conversation will be facilitated by Dr Kate Ferguson, co-founder and co-director of Protection Approaches and Chair of Policy at the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

This webinar opens Interrogating Europe, a seminar series on Europe and R2P co-hosted by Protection Approaches and the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect to explore the relationships between Europe and the principle of the Responsibility to Protect. The series will assess European efforts to help protect populations from mass atrocities crimes, consider if and how the principles of R2P and atrocity prevention can be applied within European borders, and interrogate the limitations of prevailing understandings of R2P that continue to guide regional responses to foreign and European crises.

Learn more and register here