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.

Research Project: Peace and the Politics of Memory by Research Cluster on Peace, Memory & Cultural Heritage

12 Nov 2017

In societies emerging from violent conflict, victims, perpetrators and bystanders often live side by side, harbouring conflicting memories and experiences of violence. One of the most pressing questions concerns how the difficult past can be remembered without threatening the fragile peace of...

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New Guide Launched on Social Media Use During a Crisis

11 Nov 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), have published a brief guide on how to use social media to...

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The Importance of Professional Expertise in Gathering Evidence of Mass Atrocities

10 Nov 2017

Justice for core international crimes committed in places like Syria is currently non-existent. Yet, should our frustration with this lack of accountability lead us to alter widely-accepted rule of law practices in seeking that accountability? This is the concern raised by Caroline Fehl and...

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The Data Divide: Overcoming an Increasing Practitioner-Academic Gap

10 Nov 2017

The promise of big data coupled with the push to use evidence in making decisions about everything from individual health to humanitarianism has created a hype around data and their possibilities. In every crisis, those working on and in situations of violence and conflict collect and use...

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Evidence of Hope: Investigating Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Syria and Iraq

9 Nov 2017

This short documentary features two sexual violence investigators on the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster who were deployed to the UN’s investigations in Syria and Iraq, and four survivor-witnesses they met during their work.

Filmed in Germany, Turkey and the...

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Peacebuilding Radio during the Kenyan Elections

25 Oct 2017

This is a story from the Sentinel Project. To read it in full, click here.

Amani FM was established in Tana River County, Eastern Kenya, in the weeks prior to the 2017 August general elections. The key objective of this initiative was promoting peace and tolerance throughout the...

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On the visit to the Central African Republic, Oct 2017

13 Oct 2017

Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, on his visit to the Central African Republic

(Bangui, 11 October 2017). The mission I undertook to the Central African Republic from 6 to 11 October, came...

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Regional Responses to the Crisis in Venezuela

11 Oct 2017

Venezuela is currently experiencing a major political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. Characterized by the anti-democratic actions of Nicolás Maduro's government, the internal economic collapse, and increasingly difficult situations for Venezuelans, the crisis has resulted in higher rates...

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Joint study on the contribution of transitional justice to atrocity prevention (Human Rights Council resolution 33/19)

4 Oct 2017

The Special Advisor of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide together with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence have been requested by the Human Rights...

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Responsibility to Protect: A Course on the Application of R2P for African Practitioners

21 Sep 2017

This course aims at training African policymakers, government officials, military, policy and civil society personnel about R2P and its implementation. It is run by the Kofi Annan International Training Centre for Peacekeeping in Accra, Ghana. The deadline for applications is 30...

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On the situation in Yemen, Sep 2017

20 Sep 2017

(New York, 19 September 2017) The Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect express concern at continued allegations of grave violations and abuses of human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law in the...

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The Simons Forum on the Responsibility to Protect: Re-Energizing the Key Players

24 Aug 2017

The Simons Forum on The Responsibility to Protect: Re-Energizing the Key Players was convened on 22-24 March 2017 by the Simons Foundation under the auspices of the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University. 

The Conference was...

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IHRA's statement on Charlottesville

18 Aug 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, has issued the following statement:

"The 'Unite the Right' rally which took place in Charlottesville last week, in which counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered, not only leaves a stain on...

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Respuestas Regionales a la Crisis en Venezuela

18 Aug 2017

(This publication is currently available in Spanish. The English version, "Regional Responses to the Crisis in Venezuela," is forthcoming.)

En la actualidad Venezuela esta sufriendo una gran crisis política, económica y humanitaria. Caracterizada por las acciones antidemocráticas...

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Summary of the UN Secretary-General's report on R2P

16 Aug 2017

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has published a summary of the 2017 report, Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Accountability for Prevention, which is available here: Summary of the UN Secretary-General's report on R2P.


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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform Training Curriculum

7 Aug 2017

This training curriculum builds the knowledge and skills of women from civil society to participate in security sector reform and advocacy. It’s a companion to A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform, published in 2013 by DCAF and Inclusive Security. The goal of this curriculum is...

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Rumour Investigation in Kenya

5 Aug 2017

The Sentinel Project’s mission is to assist communities threatened by mass atrocities through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. The organization has always prioritized the use of technological tools ranging from simple ones like mobile-based...

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Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis

3 Aug 2017

[Joint Presss Release] Tomorrow, 3 August 2017, marks the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yazidi. In the summer of 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) launched a systematic campaign of mass atrocities against civilians in northern Iraq. By 3 August...

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Mali at Risk for Mass Atrocities

29 Jul 2017

The Simon-Skjodt Center for Prevention of Genocide recently concluded the field research portion of the latest Early Warning Project country assessment, focusing on plausible scenarios that could lead to mass atrocities in Mali. This post discusses how we selected Mali as a country of focus...

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The Role of the Legislative Branch in Building National Mechanisms for Atrocity Prevention

24 Jul 2017

No society is immune to changing dynamics that can lead to mass atrocities. Although all individuals share a responsibility to prevent these worst forms of violence, legislators are uniquely placed to counter threats to peace and security and have authority and influence to strengthen societal...

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