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Communities at Risk: Protecting Civilians in the Fight Against the Islamic State

25 Oct 2016

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By the United States Holocaust Memorical Museum

This report outlines several options that could be immediately employed to mitigate these risks, but which require a sustained and dedicated response over the medium-long term from the US and its coalition partners, including,...

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Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

21 Oct 2016

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By the United States Holocaust Memorical Museum

After the advance e-copy release, the Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention is now available for paperback and free e-book at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's webpage...

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Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda

19 Oct 2016

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When and why do environmental stressors play a role in precipitating mass atrocities, and what can the international community do about them?

Research on the direct links between environmental stressors and mass atrocities is still nascent, leaving policymakers without a coherent...

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African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

11 Oct 2016

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The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, with the support of Humanity United, established the African Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (ATF) comprised of prominent African researchers and launched the Initiative in Addis Ababa in March 2015.

The results of the...

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Ivan Šimonović begins as Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect

1 Oct 2016

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On 1 October, Mr. Ivan Šimonović will take up his new role as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, succeeding former Special Adviser on R2P, Dr. Jennifer Welsh.

To mark the occasion, the ICRtoP has created a new informative...

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USAID Field Guide: Helping Prevent Mass Atrocities

30 Sep 2016

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USAID’s field guide on preventing mass atrocities is designed to provide field staff with practical guidance on a range of issues related to preventing and responding to mass atrocities. This guide unpacks critical issues for USAID officers—especially those working in high-risk...

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Joint Press Release on 9th "The Kigali Principles on the POC and the R2P"

22 Sep 2016

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On 21 September, the Republic of Rwanda, Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands co-hosted the 9th Annual Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), "The Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians and the Responsibility to Protect," in association with the...

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Atrocity Prevention Networks: Creating a Community of Commitment

16 Sep 2016

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To honor Genocide Awareness Month, the ICRtoP is releasing a set of infographics designed to be used as educational tools on atrocity crimes and their prevention/response. 

Click here to see the infographics on the R2P focal points and the Latin American Network...

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National Mechanisms for Atrocity Prevention in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

16 Sep 2016

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To honor Genocide Awareness Month, the ICRtoP is releasing a set of infographics designed to be used as educational tools on atrocity crimes and their prevention/response.

To see the infographics on the National Mechanisms in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, click...

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Atrocity Prevention through Dialogue

1 Sep 2016

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Dialogue with violent extremist groups is a controversial practice, even when used to prevent widespread violence or atrocities. Humanitarian dialogue may serve as a crisis-mitigation instrument, offering short-term relief and civilian protection. When the risk of atrocities is remote,...

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On the situation in Burundi, Aug 2016

25 Aug 2016

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(New York, 24 August 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his concern at inflammatory statements by public officials that could constitute incitement to violence including, most recently, by a senior official of the ruling CNDD-FDD...

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R2P referenced 50 times by UN Security Council resolutions since 2011

23 Aug 2016

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The latest R2P in Focus, a monthly publication from the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, highlights the state of R2P references in both the UN Security Council resolutions and the Human Right Council resolutions. 

It reports, "[since 2011] 50...

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Call for Proposals: 2016 Dangerous Speech Global Fund

19 Aug 2016

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The Nexus Fund has announced the launch of 2016 Dangerous Speech Global Fund to support local efforts to reduce Dangerous Speech and its potential to catalyze mass violence.

The call is seeking proposals for locally-led projects working to understand, identify,...

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Victims know best: Implementing Reparations in Côte d'Ivoire, a brief by ICTJ

15 Aug 2016

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After a consultation process that involved the active participation of victims, the National Commission for Reconciliation and Compensation for Victims (La Commission Nationale pour la Réconciliation et l’Indemnisation des Victimes des crises survenues en Côte d’Ivoire, CONARIV) made a series...

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Two educational tools exploring R2P's regional relevance in MENA and the Asia-Pacific

5 Aug 2016

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The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) has released two new educational tools exploring the regional relevance of the norm: The Responsibility to Protect in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and The Responsibility to Protect in...

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Final Report by the International People's Tribunal 1965

31 Jul 2016

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An international panel of the Judges who participated in the hearings organized in November 2015 by the International People's Tribunal (IPT) 1965 released their final report of the hearings. 

As a...

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"We are desperate and without help": the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar

22 Jul 2016

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The Stanley Foundation's Courier in its Summer 2016 issue features a cover story of atrocity and persecution today: “Their name is the Rohingya, a people disowned by their home government, cast away as stateless and homeless. Who will step up and help?” 

The story features the...

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On the situation in South Sudan, Jul 2016

12 Jul 2016

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(New York, 11 July 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his deep concern at the threat to the populations of South Sudan posed by the renewed fighting of the last few days between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to...

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Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments - Toolkit

11 Jul 2016

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This Toolkit has been developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as part of their joint project to develop guidance to support companies operating in complex environments manage their security in a...

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On the situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Jun 2016

23 Jun 2016

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[New York, 22 June 2016] The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, expressed concern at the decision taken by the Interior Ministry of Bahrain on 20 June 2016 to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Issa Qassem, a prominent Shia religious leader, and on the...

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