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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.

Sant’Egidio hosts negotiations for peace in South Sudan

22 Jul 2021

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Actors from South Sudan, with the help of the Community of Sant’Egidio, committed to future milestones and continued dialogue. 

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Human Rights Council requests consultations on human rights and new technologies

20 Jul 2021

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At the 47th session (21 June – 14 July 2021) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), GAAMAC-Steering Group member Denmark co-led a resolution to further explore the links between human rights, emerging digital technologies and the activities of technology companies. 

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Atrocities in Tigray: NGOs call for Human Rights Council urgent response

14 Jul 2021

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Ethiopia’s civil conflict led to rampant, ongoing human rights abuse. Four experts on the region shared their views on how the Human Rights Council should address the crisis.

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Defending human rights in the digital age - #RightsCity 2021

25 Jun 2021

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This year, GAAMAC was proud to support its partners from the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) that, with a consortium of educational institutions and diplomatic representations in Canada under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, organized...

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Countering hate: identifying gaps and synergies in prevention in Europe

8 Jun 2021

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Identifying some of these gaps, as well as the needs of state and civil society actors to address hate and incitement in Europe was the aim of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum workshop co-organized by the Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign...

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Press release: Newly Elected Members of the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire to be Sensitized to the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

31 May 2021

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The African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA) with the support of the Raphael Lemkin Center for Africa (CERLA) and the support of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) will sensitize newly elected deputies and senators on best practices for the establishment...

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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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