As a service to the atrocity prevention community, GAAMAC posts news directly relevant to atrocity prevention. The opinions expressed in the news articles do not represent the views of GAAMAC, its Steering Group or any partner organization.

Two educational tools exploring R2P's regional relevance in MENA and the Asia-Pacific

5 Aug 2016

The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) has released two new educational tools exploring the regional relevance of the norm: The Responsibility to Protect in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and The Responsibility to Protect in...

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Final Report by the International People's Tribunal 1965

31 Jul 2016

An international panel of the Judges who participated in the hearings organized in November 2015 by the International People's Tribunal (IPT) 1965 released their final report of the hearings. 

As a...

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"We are desperate and without help": the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar

22 Jul 2016

The Stanley Foundation's Courier in its Summer 2016 issue features a cover story of atrocity and persecution today: “Their name is the Rohingya, a people disowned by their home government, cast away as stateless and homeless. Who will step up and help?” 

The story features the...

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On the situation in South Sudan, Jul 2016

12 Jul 2016

(New York, 11 July 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his deep concern at the threat to the populations of South Sudan posed by the renewed fighting of the last few days between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to...

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Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments - Toolkit

11 Jul 2016

This Toolkit has been developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as part of their joint project to develop guidance to support companies operating in complex environments manage their security in a...

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On the situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Jun 2016

23 Jun 2016

[New York, 22 June 2016] The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, expressed concern at the decision taken by the Interior Ministry of Bahrain on 20 June 2016 to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Issa Qassem, a prominent Shia religious leader, and on the...

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USIP's online Global Campus coming soon

23 Jun 2016

United States Institute of Peace's online Global Campus, established in 2014, is a direct response to the many challenges of peacebuilding in the 21st century—from violent extremism to natural resource challenges. Global Campus courses are accessible anywhere in the world at any time, in a...

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On the escalation of Islamophobia and homophobia following the events in Orlando, Florida, USA, Jun 2016

17 Jun 2016

[New York, 16 June 2016] The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, condemned the criminal attack that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. He offered his...

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Human Rights Council releases report on genocide of the Yezidi

15 Jun 2016

The Human Rights Council released a report, A/HRC/32/CRP.2, on 15 June 2016, based on information collected by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, confirming that ISIS has committed the crime of genocide. Advance version is available...

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Senior Deputy Director of MIGS - Kyle Matthews

12 Jun 2016

Could you describe main goals of your organization, MIGS? 

MIGS stands for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. We are a university-based research and advocacy center at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. We are the only center in Canada...

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The Role of Atrocity Prevention and Responsibility to Protect in Development Cooperation

1 Jun 2016

On 22-23 March 2016, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and USAID, assisted by the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, convened a workshop entitled "The Role of Atrocity Prevention and Responsibility to Protect in Development Cooperation". The event,...

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Genocide Prevention Certificate Application Deadline Approaching

26 May 2016

The Online Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) is a new program developed by the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) Program at Stockton University with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). GPC aims to meet the need for extended specialized training among professionals in government, the military, the business sector and non-governmental organizations around the world. The aim of the program is to offer rigorous instruction in frameworks of and strategies for genocide prevention based on the ethical insights of liberal arts study. It is the first graduate Certificate program of its kind both in the USA and globally.

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EAC and AIPR to collaborate on prevention work in East Africa

24 May 2016

The East African Community (EAC) and Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Prevention of Genocide and other Mass Atrocities in May 2016 to implement training programmes and advance collaboration on atrocity...

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Looking Back and Moving Forward, a Reflection on 10 Years of R2P

20 May 2016

A new report by ICRtoP, "Looking Back and Moving Forward: Civil Society Perspectives on the First Decade of the Responsibility to Protect", reviews the progress of the last ten years, identifies the challenges and priorities of the next ten years, and recommends ways to...

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"Asia Pacific Outlook," a regional risk assessment by the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P

13 May 2016

The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) has released its second issue of assessing atrocity risks throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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On the situation of civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic, May 2016

10 May 2016

(New York) Responding to the deadliest two weeks since the Cessation of Hostilities accord, which came into effect on 27 February 2016, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his outrage at the ongoing indiscriminate and seemingly calculated attacks against civilians and civilian objects in Syria.

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National mechanisms for atrocity prevention, new edition released by AIPR

7 May 2016

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation launched the 2016 edition of its Booklet on National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes. This year’s publication will highlight the progress of existing national mechanisms featured in the 2015 edition (i.e. DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States), introduce newly established mechanisms (i.e. South Sudan and Costa Rica), discuss common challenges as well as innovative solutions, and provide a concluding section that pulls together lessons learned for the atrocity crimes prevention community.

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Gender and Genocide

6 May 2016

The International Coalition on Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) hosted an online discussion in May led by Akila Radhakrishnan, Legal Director of the Global Justice Center, examining the legal implications of acts of gender-based violence (sexual violence, abductions, slavery, forced...

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Atrocity Alert - a weekly update by the Global Centre for R2P

5 May 2016

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has launched Atrocity Alert, a weekly publication highlighting and updating situations where populations are at risk of, or are enduring, mass atrocity crimes. The first issue was released on 20 April.

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Reducing Risk, Strengthening Resilience: Toward the Structural Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

27 Apr 2016

Despite the commitment of world governments to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle in 2005 to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes), it has proven difficult to make the prevention of atrocity crimes a lived reality. It has been common to separate prevention into two components: operational prevention, aimed at preventing violence that is imminent, and structural prevention, aimed at reducing or mitigating the underlying risks of violent conflict ahead of time. However, somewhat less progress has been made on structural prevention, largely because this important work upstream from atrocity crimes does not receive the world attention of the crimes themselves. Also, the work of structural prevention is integrated with a range of additional program areas and processes, including governance and the rule of law, peacebuilding, and human rights. Despite the lack of attention and broader, more comprehensive program processes, the work of structural prevention is absolutely essential to truly preventing atrocity crimes. 

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