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.
26 Jun 2018
On 25 June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time formally discussed the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as part of the agenda of its 72nd session. Read here the remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
18 Jun 2018
The 2011 and 2015 general elections in Nigeria were marred with hate speech and accompanied by violence. In this paper and policy brief, Olusola Isola from the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar explores the issue and provides policy recommendations ahead of the 2019 elections.
15 Jun 2018
Samantha Capicotto and Rob Scharf of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation have carried an assessment of National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes.
12 Jun 2018
The Early Warning Project ran a wiki survey in December to poll opinions on countries' relative risks of mass killing onsets. Find the results here.
Transitional Justice in Countries Emerging from Conflict: A Step Toward Sustainable Peace and Development
7 Jun 2018
The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) looks at the role transitional justice processes can play in the SDGs and prevention.
6 Jun 2018
One of GAAMAC's partners, Youth Association for Development (YAD), has been shortlisted for a N-Peace grant in the category Youth led Initiatives on Women, Peace and Security – young women and men building peace.
4 Jun 2018
From 13 to 15 February 2018, a diverse range of actors convened in Vienna to decide on next steps in the implementation of the Plan of Action for religious leaders and actors to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.
4 Jun 2018
Associate Professor and GAAMAC III participant Ernesto Verdeja has compiled a brief overview of the conditions that may lead to atrocities.
31 May 2018
Read the article on GAAMAC III by Xinhua News Agency.
Interview with former UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Dr. Ivan Šimonović
2 May 2018
What is the main challenge today to effectively implement atrocity prevention both at the national and international level?
Governments are still hesitant to openly discuss their atrocity prevention gaps internally and internationally. That negatively reflects on mobilization of energy and financial resources for that purpose. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for example is an ideal setting for such a dialogue. Atrocity crimes prevention recommendations should be backed up by international willingness to support their implementation, including financially. The UPR should be put to much better use for atrocity crimes prevention.
27 Apr 2018
In a policy brief for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Dr. Deborah Mayersen outlines practical, evidence-based recommendations to build resilience to genocide in at-risk countries.
The brief highlights the importance of focusing on the local: prioritizing local perspectives in identifying and finding solutions to risk factors; paying attention and avoiding escalation in high-risk areas; and ensuring robust and sustained international and regional reactions to local escalations.
Atrocity Prevention and Peacebuilding: Key insights and lessons from a global consultation convened by Peace Direct
9 Apr 2018
Peace Direct published a new report on the role of local peacebuilders in atrocity prevention, an issue that has not gained much attention so far. The report is the outcome of a four-day online consultation process involving 93 participants, which took place at the end of 2017.
28 Mar 2018
On 26 March 2018, the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and the Stanley Foundation held a half-day event on Making Atrocity Prevention Effective, together with the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
Experts in the field of atrocity prevention,...
21 Mar 2018
“History has demonstrated that no state is immune from atrocity crimes”, Ms. Mô Bleeker during the GAAMAC III Briefing in Kampala
GAAMAC held a Briefing, organized by the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda and the Uganda Media Centre, on...
6 Mar 2018
Priya Pillai, a Manila-based consultant with expertise in international law and a participant of GAAMAC II, wrote an article for The Hindu on the serious erosion of international human rights law in recent times, arguing that “it is not just the erosion of human rights but the normalization of...
1 Mar 2018
In September 2016, the UN Human Rights Council requested the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide to prepare a joint study on the contribution of...
28 Feb 2018
A new report
22 Feb 2018
According to Gregory Stanton’s famous ten stages of genocide, denial is the final stage. The same can be said for other mass atrocities (crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing), where to prevent their recurrence, they must first be remembered and acknowledged...
19 Feb 2018
Civil war in South Sudan since 2013 has continuously put its population at risk of mass atrocity crimes. To disrupt the ongoing cycles of violence, root causes must be addressed, which a new programme by the NGO Consortium consisting of the Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development...
Justice for Syrian Victims Beyond Trials: The Need for New, Innovative Uses for Documentation of Human Rights Violations in Syria
16 Feb 2018
Syria is said to be the most documented conflict in history. Dozens of institutions and organizations both inside and outside of Syria have been collecting evidence of systematic breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law since the beginning of the conflict. Originally, the...