Mass atrocities rarely happen suddenly: they evolve and develop over time. The UN Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes identifies gross and systematic violations of human rights, as well as weak national legislations and/or institutions, among various factors that indicate a risk of atrocity crimes.

History teaches us that such crimes can be prevented long before tensions escalate to violence. Prevention policies offer many opportunities for upstream preventive action, such as the implementation of international human rights instruments at the national level, the dissemination of educational programs on tolerance, integration and peaceful coexistence, as well as the establishment of national prevention policies and mechanisms.

In this regard, The Paris Principles play a key role in atrocity prevention as they foresee the establishment of national human rights commissions to monitor human rights violations and to contribute to the act as harmonization of national legislations, regulations and practices with international human rights instruments.

The virtual panel will explore good practices and experiences from national human rights commissions or mechanisms in bringing national legislations and institutions to international human rights standards with the view to strengthen the national capacity to prevent the commission of or recurrence of mass atrocities.

As revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic, crises affect women and girls disproportionally, the virtual panel will also highlight the status of ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325.

In this vein, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect as members of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) Steering Group are co-hosting a virtual panel discussion, featuring an array of diverse expertise and experiences from different stakeholders, with the aim of identifying and examining challenges and good practices in atrocity prevention by national human rights mechanisms.

Tuesday 20 October | 4:00-5:30 pm CET



  • Nanna Krusaa, Senior Consultant and team leader, ethnicity, equal treatment, the Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Victor Madrígal-Borloz, Eleanor Senior Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante, Former Chairman of the Ghana National Peace Council
  • Savita Pawnday, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Centre for R2P

The virtual panel will be moderated by Ms. Mô Bleeker, GAAMAC Chair and Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

It will be followed by a Q&A session with all registered participants.


Organized By : Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

In preparing the establishment of a Multipolar Task Force and following up of the two discussions of experts on the security risks of climate change and digital transformation as well as the diverging approaches of global actors to the challenges through the lens of mass atrocities and protection of civilians, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP) and the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) invite you to the third meeting of scholars and practitioners.

This event will focus on the feasibility of the Initiative. The participants will be able to learn about the proposed structure and the division of labour within the Multipolar Task Force, as well as the main elements of the budget needed for the implementation.

Location: Virtual, held on Zoom
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 (CET)
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Organized By : Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

The world's transitional justice will meet in Colombia!

Experts from Argentina, Switzerland, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Peru, Chile, Ireland, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Colombia will participate in the first International Conference JEP.

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Organized By : FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Romani Studies Program of the Central European University will host “Intersectional Discrimination. The Roma Case.”

At this event, participants will:

  • Discuss realities, struggles, tactics, and paths to dismantle anti-Roma racism
  • Explore tactics to strengthen the voices and the participation of Romani feminists and Romani LGBTIQ activists in policy-making, intersectional feminism, mainstream feminism, the Roma movement, LGBTQI movement, and neighborhoods and communities
  • Harness support, learning, and cooperation from other geographies and social movements

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression Health Equity Research Collaborative (Harvard SOGIE) at Harvard University.

View the conference agenda here. (The agenda is subject to change)