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.

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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Capabilities of the Visegrad Group in Preventing Extremism

18 Jul 2017

Based on the experience obtained in the Visegrad Countries during its four-semester V4 Prevention Programme in 2014-2015, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP) continues its efforts to improve the capabilities and interactions of the Visegrad Group to prevent mass...

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Human Protection: Strategic Opportunities in a Challenging Political Environment

7 Jul 2017

There is unprecedented recognition that effective collective action can help prevent, slow, or stop mass violence and atrocities. At the same time, however, outbreaks of mass violence and atrocities in places like Syria have shown that preventing such incidents remains a major global...

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The Place of Reconciliation in Transitional Justice

30 Jun 2017

Reconciliation is a complex set of processes that involve building or rebuilding relationships, often in the aftermath of massive and widespread human rights violations. It can occur at the individual, interpersonal, socio-political, and institutional levels and be described as “thin” if it is...

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Getting Down to Business: Uncovering the Roles Played by Enterprises in Enabling and Preventing Atrocity Crimes

29 Jun 2017

On the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) launched its most recent addition of the Sheri P. Rosenberg Policy Papers in Prevention series. The second entry in the series, entitled “Getting Down to Business: Uncovering the...

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Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention

23 Jun 2017

Conflict prevention begins at home. This adaptation of the old proverb could serve as a motto for the Joint UN Development Programme (UNDP)-Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, which held its first-ever...

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How Development Can Promote Accountability, Tackle Impunity, and Sustain Peace

21 Jun 2017

“Gone are the days when people believe in wiping the slate clean and starting anew,” Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, said, addressing a June 12, 2017 International Peace Institute (IPI) policy forum on “How...

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Not Without Dignity: Views of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon on Displacement, Conditions of Return, and Coexistence

12 Jun 2017

Armed conflict in Syria has displaced millions of people inside and outside of the country. When a political settlement to the conflict is eventually reached, the process of refugees returning to Syria and rebuilding their lives, relationships, and communities will be long and complex....

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