Barcelona, Spain

Organized By : International Center for Transitional Justice

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) are pleased to announce the Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice to be held in Barcelona, Spain from 1 to 5 October 2018. This course will examine how transitional justice can contribute to preventing the recurrence of violent conflict. The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country case studies to be discussed may include Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and Latin American cases. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict. It is targeted at mid-career and senior staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, universities, and others directly involved in peacebuilding, conflict. and post-conflict contexts around the world.

New York, United States

Ahead of the end of his term as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, noted “human rights violations are the sharp zig-zag lines of a seismograph flashing out warnings of a coming earthquake.” Often, that earthquake takes the form of mass atrocity crimes and/or armed conflict. Long-standing, persistent and widespread violations and abuses of populations’ human rights remains one of the most reliable early warning signs of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. As such, the protection of human rights is closely related to the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the maintenance of international peace and security.

This event will explore existing challenges for strengthening the UN human rights pillar outside of Geneva, as well as concrete measures that member states and UN officials in New York and Geneva can take to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights are placed at the heart of the maintenance international peace and security and atrocity prevention.

Sign up to the event here before 25 September. Because of strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, guests will need to arrive by 1:45pm and bring a photo ID, as well as a printed copy of the invitation to enter the building.

Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

In the Geneva Academy's opening lecture of the 2018–2019 academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and former Executive President of Geneva Call, in promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors. She will discuss the utility of international law, not its substance but also of its implementation and respect by the international community. Starting from Geneva Call’s ground-breaking approach to develop an inclusive process towards armed non-state actors, she will highlight that the limits of international law are not setin stone but are in our minds, habits and fears to develop and invent new ideas.

Geneva, Switzerland

The 6th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks is organized under the theme “Peace without Borders”. The speakers will share their personal experiences, stories and ideas to highlight their efforts to promote peace that goes beyond borders - be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries.

The Geneva Peace Talks are a public event co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the 21 September devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.

Laxton, United Kingdom

Organized By : The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is hosting a conversation with Holocaust survivor Bob Norton. Bob Norton was born in Czechoslovakia in 1932. Bob and his family started to notice changes in September 1938 when Nazi Germany wanted the Sudetenland. The family sought refuge and eventually managed to gain safe passage to England. The Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm to allow members of the public to visit the exhibitions and memorial gardens.

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