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.
3 Oct 2019
A traveling exhibition in Colombia keeps alive the memory of women who were forcibly disappeared in the south of the country during the armed conflict.
Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Law, Policy, and Good Practice
3 Oct 2019
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), have published the Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Law, Policy, and Good Practice.
2 Oct 2019
Do you have a project that aims to safeguard the historical record of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma? Are you active in the fields of education, remembrance or research? Then you may qualify for a grant from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)! Applications must be received by 24 January 2020. Read more about the funding options here.
Preventing Mass Atrocities: From a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) to a Right to Assist (RtoA) Campaigns of Civil Resistance
1 Oct 2019
26 Sep 2019
GAAMAC Steering Group member the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) released an Atrocity Alert on the threat of climate change on conflict and atrocities.
25 Sep 2019
Thirty independent UN experts have published an open letter deploring the rise of hate speech worldwide.
21 Sep 2019
The GAAMAC community of commitment, united in prevention, is both a wonderful promise and a resource to contribute to a better world, where communities and societies free themselves from the fear of war and destruction, thanks to their engagement to prevent violence, hate and discrimination and their vibrant commitment for a world of solidarity and non violence.
20 Sep 2019
20 Sep 2019
The African Union (AU) has set the ambitious goal of “silencing the guns” by 2020. Security sector reform and governance are key to achieving this, as these inherent political processes address the root causes of conflict, a new piece by the Institute for Security Studies argues.
22 Aug 2019
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) produced a summary of the discussions held during the UN General Assembly plenary meeting on “the Responsibility to Protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” on 27-28 June 2019 in New York, as part of the formal agenda of its 73rd session.
The GCR2P summary provides an overview of state participation in the meeting, as well as of key themes addressed during the two days.
21 Aug 2019
On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions this past 12 August 2019, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched a digital application that provides access to international humanitarian law treaties and other related documents via tablets and smartphones.
The IHL Digital App has been developed by ICRC as a tool to support the promotion of IHL worldwide, inform the overall law and policy debate, and help professionals in their humanitarian dialogues and negotiation.
13 Aug 2019
In October 2018, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) launched its first podcast series “The Peace Corner”. Through these podcast episodes, listeners will meet with peacebuilders from the GPPAC network, telling their stories from all over the world.
6 Aug 2019
GAAMAC Steering Group member the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and GAAMAC partner the Global Justice Center jointly produced a briefing on "The International Court of Justice & the Genocide of the Rohingya". This fact sheet examines current accountability efforts, including at the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court. It also intends to clarify available avenues for justice for the crimes committed against the Rohingya population, with a focus on state responsibility for genocide.
30 Jul 2019
In this piece published by PeaceLab, Chiara de Franco, an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Southern Denmark, calls for the development of a coherent approach to atrocity prevention at European Union (EU) level, mainstreamed through its security, development, and trade policies.
Stopping hate speech: A conversation with UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng (EN/FR)
19 Jul 2019
In this video released by the United Nations, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng talks about the relation between hate speech and hate crimes from an historical perspective, thereby warning against the rise of extremism that we observe globally nowadays.
Dans cette vidéo produite par les Nations Unies, M. Adama Dieng, Conseiller spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU pour la prévention du génocide, rappelle que « les crimes de haine commencent avec les discours haineux ».
Youth Association for Development is among the winners of the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards 2019
16 Jul 2019
Mr. Atta ul Haq, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Association for Development (YAD), a GAAMAC partner in Pakistan, has been selected as one of the fifteen winners of the first Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards initiated by Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland last September.
YAD was granted an award in the category Promoting Peace with its project on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) based in the province of Baluchistan.
28 Jun 2019
The United Nations Secretary-General submitted its report on the prevention of genocide (A/HRC/41/24) to the Human Rights Council (HRC), pursuant of HRC resolution 37/26. The advanced unedited version of the report underlines that prevention is crucial to ensure that genocides never happen again, emphasizing that “an atrocity prevention lens must be a central element of our broader prevention efforts to protect populations from the most egregious atrocity crimes”.
The document mentions GAAMAC as part of the existing international initiatives that can contribute to strengthen capacities for the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes.
Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect: Lessons Learned for Prevention
28 Jun 2019
The United Nations Secretary-General has released its 2019 report on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) entitled "Responsibility to Protect: Lessons Learned for Prevention" (A/73/898). GAAMAC is mentioned in the introduction, as constituting “an important platform for international cooperation in advancing national prevention efforts”.
21 Jun 2019
On 18 June 2019, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres launched the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. The purpose of the Strategy is to expand the understanding of the impact of hate speech among UN entities, with the aim to enhance UN efforts to address root causes and drivers of hate speech, and to enable effective UN responses to its impact on societies.
14 Jun 2019
The 7th International Festival of Docufilm on Liberation and Human Rights, organized by the Liberation War Museum, a GAAMAC's partner in Bangladesh, was held at the premises of the museum in Dhaka from 18 to 22 April 2019. This film festival features various sections and workshops, and provides an opportunity to engage with young filmmakers and youth around the topic of human rights.