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African Directions: Towards an Equitable Partnership in Peace Operations

15 Feb 2017

Africa has increasingly become the focus of peace operations and, by extension, the main arena for new developments and approaches in them. The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II initiative aims to stimulate dialogue on international cooperation in peace operations in Africa. Largely based...

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The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect

15 Feb 2017

Past events have demonstrated that business can play a positive role in preventing atrocities. During the Kenyan elections of 2012–2013 and the 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Tunisia, businesses demonstrated they can help diffuse potentially tragic situations.

The private sector often...

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WANEP Appeals for Sustained Dialogue and Not Violence in Bimbilla

14 Feb 2017

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Ghana (WANEPGhana) and its member organizations notes with great concern the recent conflict in Bimbilla between the Nakpaa and Andani families which has resulted in the death of a child and nine other persons mostly women. Several people have also...

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On the situation in South Sudan, Feb 2017

8 Feb 2017

[New York, 6 February 2017] The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed grave concern at the continued level of violence in several areas of South Sudan. “President Salva Kiir has made a commitment to end the violence and bring about...

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Report on mass hangings and extermination in a Syrian prison by Amnesty International

8 Feb 2017

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and...

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On the situation in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, Feb 2017

7 Feb 2017

(New York, 6 February 2017) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, stated that he was shocked and alarmed to read the accounts of serious human rights violations being committed against Muslim Rohingya in northern Rakhine State by Myanmar’s security...

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The Global Centre's Statement on US President's "Extreme Vetting" of Refugees

29 Jan 2017

[On] 27 January, United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees, migrants and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries – Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The ban is grievously discriminatory, effectively targeting and blocking lawful...

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Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

1 Jan 2017

The insights in this study - Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments - have been informed by the members of the Working Group and the members of the Foundations for Peace Network, independent locally-based funders working in contested societies. Learning was also...

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When No One Calls It Rape: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys

8 Dec 2016

By the International Center for Transitional Justice 

South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) sought to grapple with the legacy of over 40 years of apartheid rule, a period in which the National Party brutally enforced segregation. It was widely known that...

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Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Annual Gareth Evans Lecture on the Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention

8 Dec 2016

Thank you for the honour to be invited to deliver the Annual Gareth Evans Lecture on the Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention.   Thanks also to Dr Adams and his Global Centre and to the Irish mission for hosting this event.

Gareth, you and I have been friends and...

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Holocaust Organizations, Scholars and Educators Sound Alarm on Surge in Hate Crimes: Issue Call to Action to Lawmakers and Citizens

7 Dec 2016

(New York, NY) – In a powerful statement issued by an array of Holocaust institutions, scholars and educators from around the world, an alarm is being sounded on the rise of groups that promote intolerance and promote hate speech. More than 90 institutions and more than 70 individuals call on...

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ICT4Peace briefs the UN Security Council on Cybersecurity and International Peace and Security

5 Dec 2016

By the ICT4Peace Foundation  

(New York, 28 November 2016) Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Colleagues, On behalf of the ICT4Peace Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the promotion of a peaceful cyberspace, I thank you for this opportunity to address this meeting.


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New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Civilian Crisis Management

4 Dec 2016


The challenge for journalists and experts working in civilian crisis management is finding a way to filter the information and determine what is relevant with the overload of information, and further, to communicate that effectively to the...

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From Global Warming to Genocide Warning: Climate Change and Mass Atrocities

3 Dec 2016

By the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

In the winter of 2006 Syria experienced the beginning of the most crippling drought in its recorded history. By 2009 key crops had declined by more than half, plunging almost a million people into food insecurity. In the...

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On the situation in Aleppo, Dec 2016

2 Dec 2016

(New York, 02 December 2016) The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Ivan Šimonović, expressed outrage at the dire situation of civilians who are trapped in the...

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On the situation in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar, Nov 2016

30 Nov 2016

(New York, 29 November 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed alarm at reports of the deteriorating security, human rights and humanitarian situation in...

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Prospects for Justice in Myanmar: Does New Political Reality Opportunities for Addressing Violations?

27 Nov 2016

In the years immediately before the 2015 election, there was a palpable sense of waiting among those working in Burmese civil society. Many of their plans depended on one or two critical developments to take hold: the NLD coming to power and the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement....

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Media Briefing on Adama Dieng's Visit to South Sudan, Nov 2016

11 Nov 2016

(Juba, 11 November 2016), I arrived in Juba on Monday in response to growing concern about developments here, including reports of targeted ethnic violence against multiple ethnic groups. My aim was to better understand the landscape of ethnically-fuelled violence – including hate speech and...

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Report on US leadership on preventing mass atrocities: "A Necessary Good"

5 Nov 2016

By the Friends Committee on National Legislation 

The report on U.S. leadership on preventing mass atrocities details what should be done to strengthen existing atrocity prevention initiatives, develop new measures, and ensure that the issue is institutionalized within the...

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On the situation in and around Mosul (Iraq), Nov 2016

1 Nov 2016

(New York, 1 November 2016) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, condemns in the strongest terms the continued, absolute disregard for international human rights and international humanitarian law by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

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