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13 Jun 2015
(New York, 12 June 2015) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák, and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, strongly condemned the increased number of government aerial attacks in Syria and the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as barrel bombs, including in civilian populated areas. They warned that such attacks could escalate retaliatory action by non-state armed groups, and consequently, increase the vulnerability of religious and ethnic minorities perceived to support the government.
22 May 2015
Conciliation Resources is recruiting a Specialist Editor to work on the third Insight project and publication in our Accord series. This will inform practical learning of how reconciliation can support inclusive peace processes.
21 May 2015
The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) helped organize a meeting on April 30 between civil society organizations and the ACT (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency) subgroup on the Veto to discuss the "(Draft) Non-Paper on a Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes". Over 20 NGOs represented at UNHQ in NY attended the meeting at the Mission of Liechtenstein chaired by Amb. Wenaweser.
13 Apr 2015
(New York, 09 April 2015) The Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, express deep concern about the deteriorating situation of besieged civilian populations in Yarmouk, where more than 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, are trapped by renewed fighting for territorial control among different armed groups, including the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The alleged aerial bombardments by Syrian security forces of residential areas in Yarmouk represent an additional threat to the safety of the civilians trapped in Yarmouk.
13 Apr 2015
(New York, - 9 April 2015) The Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed concern at the dramatic and deteriorating situation in Yemen.
9 Apr 2015
Ms. Felistas Mushi, a former Resident Magistrate in Tanzania and a former Assistant Trial Attorney for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal, made a speech at the Regional Committee and National Committee meeting of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on 9 January 2015, in Kampala, Uganda. The following is a portion of her speech at the meeting.
1 Apr 2015
On February 5, 2015, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum held a public program titled, “Can Atrocities be Prevented? Living in the Shadow of the Holocaust” with Keynote speaker, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Al Hussein’s public policy address stressed his message of accountability for human rights violations and peace building.
10 Nov 2014
Following the GAAMAC meeting of March 2014 in San José, Costa Rica, a video/telephone conference was convened between the six GAAMAC partner states, on October 10, 2014, in order to have an exchange on the developments since March, and to discuss and plan the next steps emanating from the final Chair Statement of the Costa Rica meeting. Representatives from Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania participated in the discussion, together with the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, as a special guest.