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.

Reducing Risk, Strengthening Resilience: Toward the Structural Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

27 Apr 2016

Despite the commitment of world governments to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle in 2005 to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes), it has proven difficult to make the prevention of atrocity crimes a lived reality. It has been common to separate prevention into two components: operational prevention, aimed at preventing violence that is imminent, and structural prevention, aimed at reducing or mitigating the underlying risks of violent conflict ahead of time. However, somewhat less progress has been made on structural prevention, largely because this important work upstream from atrocity crimes does not receive the world attention of the crimes themselves. Also, the work of structural prevention is integrated with a range of additional program areas and processes, including governance and the rule of law, peacebuilding, and human rights. Despite the lack of attention and broader, more comprehensive program processes, the work of structural prevention is absolutely essential to truly preventing atrocity crimes. 

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GAAMAC II debriefing

27 Apr 2016

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations, together with the Mission of Switzerland, hosted a debriefing on Friday, 15 April 2015 at UN Headquarters.  This meeting reported on the second international meeting (GAAMAC II) of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) which took place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016 on the theme of "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures.”

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Assessing the Risk of Atrocity Crimes, by UN Special Advisers

26 Apr 2016

In this article, "Assessing the Risk of Atrocity Crimes," published in the Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, UN Special Advisers Adama Dieng and Jennifer Welsh elaborate on the methodology and application of the Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes, which has been revised from its original version in 2009. 

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Genocide Prevention, Responsibility to Protect, Prevention of Atrocities: A Brief Overview

15 Apr 2016

Genocide Prevention, Responsibility to Protect, Prevention of Atrocities: A Brief Overview "This brief overview maps the field, clarifies core concepts and provides key considerations on how to approach genocide prevention, the responsibility to protect and the prevention of atrocities...For various reasons, some communities prefer certain terms that are rejected by other actors. This overview uses the term “atrocity prevention” as shorthand for genocide prevention, responsibility to protect and prevention of atrocities. But this terminology in no way expresses a preference of one term over another. Rather, a pragmatic approach is recommended: whatever works best to protect populations at risk in a specific context should determine the choice of words."

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The First Response: Peaceful Means in the Third Pillar of R2P

7 Apr 2016

Among the three Pillars of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), agreed to by the world’s nations at the 2005 World Summit, what may be called "Pillar 3A" encompasses the diplomatic, humanitarian, and other peaceful means available to the international community to protect populations from atrocity crimes. The third pillar carries enormous potential for making prevention a reality.

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Public launch of the Report of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) in the Philippines

6 Apr 2016

The Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) was established as part of the Normalization Annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), as a result of protracted negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The TJRC...

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GAAMAC II Outcome Document

24 Mar 2016

GAAMAC II Outcome Document 4 February 2016 Manila, Philippines

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On the conviction of Radovan Karadzic for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Mar 2016

24 Mar 2016

(New York, - 24 March 2016) The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his satisfaction at today’s verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) against Radovan Karadzic, who was President of the Republika Srpksa and Supreme Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army from April 1992 to July 1996. Mr. Karadzic has been found guilty of ten out of eleven charges against him, including charges of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, war crimes for taking hostage United Nations peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), and war crimes and crimes against humanity during the siege of Sarajevo by the Bosnian Serb Army. “Today is an historic day. The verdict by the ICTY against Radovan Karadzic sends a clear message that impunity will not prevail and that no one is above the law.”

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More Than Words: Apologies as a Form of Reparation

21 Mar 2016

The International Center for Transitional Justice has published a report "More Than Words: Apologies as a Form of Reparation." This report explores many of the issues and challenges likely to be faced by those considering a public apology as a form of reparation for victims of serious human rights violations. It finds that the best apologies clearly acknowledge responsibility for violations, recognize the continuing pain of survivors and victims’ families, and are linked with efforts to compensate and assist victims materially and through other justice measures. It draws on dozens of examples of official apologies offered in connection with human rights violations and war crimes, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Assessing the Anti-Atrocity Toolbox

9 Mar 2016

The World Peace Foundation has published an Occasional Paper, “Assessing the Anti-Atrocity Toolbox” by Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Saskia Brechenmacher and Aditya Sarkar, that asks what do we know about the effectiveness of various policy mechanisms that often  the examining scholarly literature that tests the impact of various policy measures often cited as potential measures that state or international organizations could deploy when faced with a situation that demonstrates or threatens mass violence against civilians.

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Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability

26 Feb 2016

The AHDA (Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability) fellowship program gives participants the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study in historical dialogue and related fields at Columbia University in New York City for the fall semester. The comprehensive fellowship program, which runs from August 31, 2016-December 16, 2016, provides fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership; to develop a deeper understanding of and engagement with the past; and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations based in New York and Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016

24 Feb 2016

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in order to help prevent mass atrocities against civilians.

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GAAMAC II in Manila

23 Feb 2016

GAAMAC II was held in Manila, Philippines from 2 to 4 February 2016. The Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland jointly took the leadership of organizing this meeting, with the mandate and support from the GAAMAC Steering Group.

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GAAMAC II Outcome Document released

22 Feb 2016

GAAMAC II was held in Manila, Philippines from 2 to 4 February 2016. The objective of GAAMAC II was to convene interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges and opportunities of developing national architectures on atrocity prevention and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states, international bodies and non-governmental organizations in this field. The Governments of the Philippines and Switzerland jointly took the leadership of organizing this meeting, with the mandate and support from the GAAMAC Steering Group.

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On the situation of civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic, Feb 2016

13 Feb 2016

(New York, 12 February 2016) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed alarm at the deepening humanitarian emergency and lack of protection of civilian populations in Syria, and welcomed the commitment made on 11-12 February by members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to immediately facilitate the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

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GAAMAC II Programme Agenda

1 Feb 2016

We are pleased to announce the programme agenda for GAAMAC II from 2-4 February 2016 in Manila, Philippines. 

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Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (Advance e-copy available)

22 Jan 2016

By the United States Holocaust Memorical Museum The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce the digital release of the Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Written by Dr. Scott Straus, this resource is geared toward practitioners and students seeking an introduction to key issues in the field. The volume analyzes the normative, legal, and operational opportunities and challenges associated with preventing genocide and mass atrocities to date, and identifies unresolved issues in this nascent field of study and practice. Fundamentals also offers important insights into opportunities to strengthen our understanding and ability to implement policies and programs to stop the world’s worst violence.

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Professional Training Program for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities by MIGS

18 Jan 2016

By the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Right Studies (MIGS) On 1-3 June 2016, the MIGS at Concordia University is organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocity crimes.

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Desmond Tutu

14 Jan 2016

Distinguished experts welcomed the occasion of GAAMAC I Opening. Their remarks were addressed to representatives from 52 states, the United Nations, regional organisations, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and experts in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, who participated in the first international meeting of GAAMAC in March 2014 in Costa Rica.

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Philippines hosts GAAMAC II briefing at the United Nations

12 Jan 2016

On Tuesday, 15 December 2015, the Mission of Philippines to the UN organized a briefing on GAAMAC II for the UN community.  Philippine’s Amb. Yparraguirre introduced the Second International Meeting of the "Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes" (GAAMAC) on "Preventing atrocities: How to strengthen national atrocity prevention architectures" to nearly 50 attendees representing Member States and NGOs interested in atrocity prevention. This global conference is fast approaching to take place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016.

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