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.

A briefing on GAAMAC hosted by the Swiss Ambassador in Manila

15 Dec 2015

By the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila On Friday, 11 December 2015, a briefing was hosted at the Ambassador's Residence introducing the 2nd International Meeting of the "Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes" (GAAMAC) on "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures". This global conference will take place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016.

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A survey assessing risks of state-led mass killing onsets in 2016

14 Dec 2015

By the Early Warning Project Which countries in the world are most likely to see the start of new episodes of state-led mass killing in 2016?

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Atrocity Prevention, Counterterrorism, and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

8 Dec 2015

By the Stanley Foundation Recent world events have highlighted the threat posed by violent nonstate actors that perpetrate mass atrocity crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes. To examine the challenges facing the international community from these new threats, a roundtable workshop of experts and policymakers was convened at the Airlie Center outside Washington, DC, as part of the Stanley Foundation’s 56th annual Strategy for Peace Conference held October 14-16, 2015.

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Head of ISSAT - Mark Downes

3 Dec 2015

Who are DCAF-ISSAT’s founding members and what are their roles?

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New Graduate-Level Genocide Prevention Certificate with Stockton University

2 Dec 2015

The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is offering in collaboration with Stockton University for a graduate-level Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC).

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On the upcoming elections in Myanmar, Nov 2015

4 Nov 2015

(New York, 4 November 2015) The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, called on the Government of Myanmar to take all possible measures to ensure that the upcoming elections of 8 November are held in a peaceful environment.

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Women, Peace, Security, and the Responsibility to Protect

20 Oct 2015

Atrocity crimes disproportionately affect women and girls at an alarming rate. Indeed, women and girls often make up the majority of victims of such violence and bear the brunt of the economic and social consequences of atrocities. Discrimination against women and girls, as well as the violation of their human rights, signals a gradual break down of good governance and the rule of law, with the United Nations Secretary General explicitly stating that such discrimination can be a source of risk. Such violations are also indicators for atrocity crimes, and can themselves amount to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing.

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Open call - Early Warning Project Genocide Prevention Fellowship Program

20 Oct 2015

The Simon-Skjodt Center at the United States Genocide Memorial Museum has announced The Early Warning Project Genocide Prevention Fellowship Program.

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On the escalation of incitement to violence in Syria on religious grounds, Oct 2015

14 Oct 2015

(New York, 13 October 2015) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed alarm at the escalation in violent rhetoric by influential religious leaders in relation to the situation in Syria.

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Update on the UN Security Council Reform Event by IPI

12 Oct 2015

The International Peace Institute and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect held an event on 26 September. IPI has made available the video of the event online. 

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Early Warning Project by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

2 Oct 2015

Since the earlier post, the Early Warning Project ( has revealed the new information and puts Myanmar at the top of countries at the highest risk of experiencing mass atrocities. Combining the "ensemble" data from the three statistical models along with the pool of expert opinions, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum-led project aims to provide a "public early warning system for mass atrocities." 

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Preventing Mass Atrocities: How Can the UN Security Council Do Better?

26 Sep 2015

The Elders, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the International Peace Institute co-hosted a high-level panel event discussing ways to improve the Security Council’s ability to prevent and halt the commission of mass atrocity crimes.

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On accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Sep 2015

17 Sep 2015

(New York, 17 September 2015) The United Nations Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, called for the establishment of credible accountability and reconciliation mechanisms for Sri Lanka.

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On the situation in Yemen, Sep 2015

15 Sep 2015

(New York, - 15 September 2015) The UN Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed concern at the ever increasing impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, and the virtual silence of the international community about the threat to populations.

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International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide adopted by UN General Assembly

12 Sep 2015

The UN General Assembly passed its resolution on September 11, 2015, proclaiming 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Initiated by the republic of Armenia, this resolution followed up on another resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council in March. 

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Declaration of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

3 Sep 2015

The Declaration of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Preventionwas adopted at the Fourth Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, on May 29, 2015 in the city of Santiago, Chile. It represents a further step towards the consolidation and formalization of the objectives and areas of work agreed upon by the Focal Points at the launch of the Network in March of 2012.

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Mobile Applications for Atrocity Prevention

13 Aug 2015

1. eyeWitness to Atrocities - available for download from Google Play Store

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Open call - Policy Program Officer at the Stanley Foundation's Human Protection Policy Programming

30 Jul 2015

The Stanley Foundation seeks a program officer to join its Policy Programming Department. The chosen candidate will work with the foundation’s leadership team and staff to plan, implement, and assess the impact of the foundation’s human protection programming in pursuit of our mission, vision, and organizational goals.

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GAAMAC Founding Document

16 Jul 2015

Since the conclusion of the first meeting of GAAMAC in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 4-6 March 2014, five Member States (Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania) and representatives of non-governmental organizations have been continuing to collaborate and have produced the GAAMAC Founding Document in order to outline the mission of GAAMAC and its operational framework.

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