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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.

Job posting: Communications Officer 80%

4 May 2021

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Join the GAAMAC Support Office team as our new Communications Officer!

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Women’s empowerment and gender equality as pivotal steps in maintaining international peace and security

7 Apr 2021

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‘‘We recognize the role women play in atrocity prevention and the importance of putting gender equality upfront in prevention and peace efforts’’, said Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, GAAMAC Chair as she opened the virtual event "Front and Center: Women, Grassroots Atrocity Prevention and...

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GAAMAC welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Liberata Mulamula as Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

31 Mar 2021

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GAAMAC warmly welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, a member of GAAMAC’s Steering Group, as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania on March 31. She will be the second woman to serve in that position.

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Atrocity prevention and youth: call for applications

23 Mar 2021

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The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) is issuing a call for applications from highly motivated youth activists and/or representatives of youth-led organization to participate in a twelve-month project that aims to center youth voices in atrocity prevention efforts by...

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Press release: The armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire will be sensitized to the prevention of mass atrocities

9 Mar 2021

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The African Coordination of Human Rights for Armies (CADHA) with the support of the Raphael Lemkin Center for Africa (CERLA) and the support of Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) will sensitize the armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire on best practices for the establishment and management of...

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GAAMAC Statement on the passing of Edward C. Luck

24 Feb 2021

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GAAMAC joins global voices in mourning the passing of Edward C. Luck on 16 February 2021.

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GAAMAC participates in Human Rights Council intersessional meeting on the prevention of genocide

17 Feb 2021

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On 10 February 2021, several members of GAAMAC’s community participated in intersessional meeting of the Human Rights Council on the “prevention of genocide” in Geneva.

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Strengthening GAAMAC's regional initiatives in 2020

21 Jan 2021

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional initiatives moved forward virtually to implement their activities.

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Technology, hate speech and atrocity prevention: 12 main takeaways

21 Jan 2021

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What are the linkages between technology, hate speech and atrocity prevention? This was the leading question that experts in atrocity prevention explored in the Decoding Hate Speech” online series launched on 1 September 2020 by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with...

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Promoting human rights mechanisms to prevent mass atrocities: reflections, challenges, and ways forward

13 Jan 2021

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What are some of the good practices and experiences from national human rights commissions or mechanisms that can strengthen the national capacity to prevent the commission or recurrence of mass atrocities? To address this question, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica, the Permanent Mission of...

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GAAMAC Chair statement on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

9 Dec 2020

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GAAMAC Chair Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi shares her message on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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Switzerland officially hands over GAAMAC’s Chair to Argentina

18 Nov 2020

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On 16 November 2020, GAAMAC’s diverse community gathered online to officially mark the handover of GAAMAC’s chair from Mô Bleeker of Switzerland to Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi during a high-level event on atrocity prevention co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Argentina and the Permanent...

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Do we need to do more than just talk? Strategies and initiatives to combat hate speech and hate crimes in Europe

12 Nov 2020

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The fight against hate speech and hate crimes can only succeed if state and civil society work together. A binding legal framework, dialogue and education must go hand in hand. This was the conclusion reached by the panelists of the event "Addressing Hate Speech in Europe" at Geneva Peace Week.

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Alice Wairimu Nderitu appointed new Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

12 Nov 2020

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. 

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Women and atrocity prevention: an article by Karen Smith

28 Oct 2020

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We now know from evidence-based research that there are clear linkages between the promotion and protection of women’s rights and the prevention of atrocity crimes.

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Recovering from the COVID-19 crisis: 10 lessons learned from a gender perspective

27 Oct 2020

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Juliet Nakyanzi, CEO of GAAMAC partner Platform for Social Justice in Uganda reflects on the lessons learned from COVID-19 in terms of preventing mass atrocities from a gender perspective.

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Preventing conflict-related sexual violence within armed forces: CADHA’s good practices

27 Oct 2020

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On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council (SC) Resolution 1325, GAAMAC reached out to Mr Bakari Sidiki Diaby, General Coordinator of the African Coordination of Human Rights for Armies (CADHA), and member of GAAMAC African Working Group. CADHA...

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The Secretary General of La Francophonie warns against hate speech

19 Oct 2020

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In a press release, the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, calls for vigilance against hate speech, particularly in the context of the electoral processes underway in the member states and governments of La Francophonie. She encourages all actors to show tolerance and...

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GAAMAC Chair Mo Bleeker on Swiss Radio

12 Oct 2020

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GAAMAC chair Mo Bleeker spoke to Swiss radio about reconciliation and atrocity prevention. Listen to the show here or below (in French only). 

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GAAMAC Chair statement on International Day of Peace 2020

21 Sep 2020

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Today, we celebrate, commemorate and raise awareness about the importance of peace and a culture of non-violence.

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