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.

Online workshops on ‘hate speech’ in Cameroon, South Sudan and Sudan

10 Jul 2020

GAAMAC partner Rights for Peace is organising a series of online workshops to provide training for local activists in analysing incidents connected to 'hate speech' in conflict countries in relation to human rights frameworks on incitement to genocide, discrimination or violence.

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Online course opportunity: Conflict-Related Atrocity Crimes Prevention

2 Jul 2020

The Auschwitz institute for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities is now recruiting for the inaugural offering of its Conflict-Related Atrocity Crimes Prevention (CRACP) online course, a new initiative supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

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The impact of COVID-19 on transitional justice and atrocity prevention

26 Jun 2020

“This pandemic has shed light on existing vulnerabilities of all our societies; if not addressed early on, these vulnerabilities can become risk factors that lead to atrocities in the future and may hamper transitional justice efforts”, said Mô Bleeker, GAAMAC Chair and Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Atrocity Prevention at the Swiss Federal Department of Federal Affairs, in her opening statement. She was speaking during an online discussion on how COVID-19 has affected atrocity prevention and transitional justice efforts which took place on 18 June 2020. The event was organised by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in partnership with GAAMAC.

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GAAMAC Africa Working Group meets online

23 Jun 2020

On 9 June 2020, members of the GAAMAC Africa Working Group (AWG), an initiative created in 2016 during the GAAMAC II global meeting in Manila, Philippines, met online to discuss the next steps of their collaboration on strengthening atrocity prevention in the African region.

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New “Digital Inclusion for Peace” initiative for local peacebuilders

26 May 2020

The Shift Power for Peace partnership of Conducive Space for Peace, Humanity United and GAAMAC partner Peace Direct, has created “Digital Inclusion for Peace”, a new initiative to support local peacebuilders to continue and adapt their work during the current COVID-19 crisis.  

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GAAMAC IV postponed until 2021

19 May 2020

After careful consideration, GAAMAC’s Steering Group has decided to postpone the GAAMAC IV Global Meeting until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The shameful resurgence of violent scapegoating in a time of crisis

13 May 2020

Countering the rising wave of anti-Roma hatred, hate speech, and violence associated with responses to the pandemic is an urgent European priority, warn Margareta Matache, Jacqueline Bhabha and GAAMAC Steering Group member Dr Jennifer Leaning.

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What can we learn from COVID-19? A parallel between public health and atrocity prevention

5 May 2020

In a new series of conversations, GAAMAC chair Mô Bleeker and Dr Jennifer Leaning, Harvard Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, discuss what we can learn from COVID-19 and which parallels can be drawn between the concept of prevention in public health and the prevention of mass atrocities.

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Synergies Between Atrocity Prevention and Guarantees of Non-recurrence

28 Apr 2020

Guarantees of non-recurrence are a forward-looking transitional justice element, performing a preventive function shared with the responsibility to protect. It is consequently important to understand the mutually reinforcing relationship between this particular remedy for mass atrocities and atrocity prevention

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Broadcasting Peace: Insights and lessons from local peacebuilders in Eastern DRC

27 Apr 2020

GAAMAC partner Peace Direct’s latest report, ‘Broadcasting Peace: Insights and lessons from local peacebuilders in Eastern DRC’ is now available.

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Is Coronavirus increasing hate speech and scapegoating?

23 Apr 2020

“Large-scale crises like COVID-19 risk an escalation of hate and prejudice”, writes Hugo Jones in a blog of GAAMAC partner Rights to Peace. The social and economic uncertainty entailed could be identified as key in the progression towards hate-based violence.

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Strategies for Community-Led Violence Prevention and Transitional Justice in Guinea

9 Apr 2020

Since March 2017, the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR)—a consortium of nine organizations offering a multidisciplinary, grassroots approach to transitional justice—has been working collaboratively with civil society organizations and survivors in Guinea to confront the country’s legacy of human rights violations and develop community-led truth, justice and reconciliation strategies to prevent violence from recurring

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A time for a welcomed leadership: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Appeal for Global Ceasefire

3 Apr 2020

Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) fully supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s Appeal for Global Ceasefire to “put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives”.

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13 EU members issue joint statement over rule of law during COVID-19

2 Apr 2020

13 EU members including GAAMAC Steering Group member Denmark and GAAMAC partner the Netherlands have expressed deep concern about “the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures”.

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A time for solidarity and strengthened connection in prevention

20 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting millions of people and communities around the world. GAAMAC stands in solidarity with those who are directly and indirectly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, in particular the most vulnerable.

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Opportunity for Practitioners in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

21 Feb 2020

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) at Binghamton University/The State University of New York is looking for two genocide and mass atrocity practitioners for a residential stay of one academic semester, supported by the Charles E. Scheidt Family Foundation.

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UN Security Council to hold an open debate on transitional justice

13 Feb 2020

On 13 February 2020, the Security Council will hold a debate on “transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations” under the peacebuilding and sustaining peace agenda item.

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GAAMAC Asia Pacific Study group meets in Bangkok

31 Jan 2020

On 29 January 2020, the GAAMAC Asia Pacific Study Group, formed at GAAMAC III in Kampala, Uganda, met in Bangkok, Thailand to workshop a draft report on preventing hate speech, incitement, and discrimination.

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Addressing the weaponization of social media

17 Jan 2020

GAAMAC partner the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) has been at the cutting edge of identifying trends regarding social media and online hate, as well as sensitizing state actors and civil society groups to its potential dangers.

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