GAAMAC partners have expressed interest in supporting "the mission, function, operational modality and principles of partnership of GAAMAC" as articulated in the Founding Document. If your State or organization is involved or looking to be more active in atrocity prevention and would like to become a GAAMAC partner, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Support Office. Please see below for the necessary requirements.
GAAMAC is open to all States. Any State or governmental institution may become a partner of GAAMAC by expressing its interest to the Steering Group. Please contact the Support Office to submit your expression of interest. GAAMAC partner states are expected to support GAAMAC’s mission, function and modalities as set out in the Founding Document.
Any organization, including international and regional organizations, civil society and academic institutions, may become a partner of GAAMAC by submitting a letter from a senior representative to the Chair of GAAMAC, currently Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, through the Support Office. The letter should demonstrate the organization’s commitment to support atrocity prevention, endorse GAAMAC’s Founding Document, explain the organization’s motivation for joining GAAMAC, and describe past activities and work in the field of atrocity prevention. The Steering Group will review requests periodically.
Civil society organizations
The African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA) is a non-governmental organization specialized in the reinforcement of capacity of armed forces personnel in the field of armed conflict and human rights. Active in 17 African countries, it has trained and sensitized 21’500 participants, including 30 parliamentarians, in ten years.
The Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK) is a worldwide congregation of scholars and persons working through research and advocacy to establish a world that does not kill. CGNK brings values, knowledge and monitoring to people. At the United Nations, CGNK’s work addresses all aspects of the right to life; it does or helps make Universal Periodic Reviews, and advocates for the universal ratification of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P) is an academic institution dedicated to advancing mass atrocity prevention through research, education, training, and policy dialogue. It was launched in December 2016 and is based in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. Our main goal is to enhance research capacity to tackle mass atrocity prevention as one of the most urgent and demanding global challenges of our times.
The Global Justice Center (GJC) is an international human rights organization dedicated to advancing gender equality through the rule of law. GJC combines advocacy with legal analysis, working to expose and root out the patriarchy inscribed in so many international laws. GJC’s projects forge legal precedents in venues that have the greatest potential for global impact, such as the United Nations Security Council, and in places with the most potential for systemic change, like conflict and post-conflict situations and transitional democracies. GJC believes that enforcing treaties and international human rights laws can be a catalyst for radical change, moving these hard-won rights from paper to practice.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) is a worldwide network of "Sites of Conscience" – historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives – that activate the power of places of memory to engage the public with a deeper understanding of the past and inspire action to shape a just future.
Impunity Watch is an international non-profit human rights organisation, seeking to promote accountability for past atrocities, notably in countries emerging from a violent past. IW analyses, advocates, and partners to help local communities seek accountability for gross human rights abuses and for systemic injustice. In doing so, it focuses on victims, survivors, and the most marginalised. IW seeks to strengthen their involvement in justice processes, and to put its skills, resources, and networks at the service of all who fight impunity, working directly with local civil society and victim groups.
The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IHR) was created in 1980 under an agreement between the Inter-American Court and the Republic of Costa Rica as an international and autonomous academic institution for the teaching, research and promotion of human rights. The IIHR facilitates dialogue between the different actors of the human rights movement and State authorities. It does not denounce violations of human rights, nor does it present formal petitions or give its opinion on the non-compliance of the international obligations of States.
Justice Access Point (JAP) is an NGO working with citizens and citizen organizations in fragile and post-conflict communities in Uganda. JAP supports atrocity prevention education; research and capacity building of the different stakeholders for early warning and response; human rights monitoring and documentation; advocating for a conducive policy and legal framework for transitional justice, as well as action plans for prevention of atrocity crimes.
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is leading research and advocacy institute for genocide and atrocity prevention in Canada. It conducts in-depth research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into atrocities. MIGS has achieved recognition for its role as an idea and leadership incubator working with a wide range of national and international actors.
The Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS) was established within the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict to look beyond the threshold of armed conflict and contribute to our collective understanding of other forms of organized violence that threaten our international peace and stability. IPS provides a space for research on challenges facing the law, norms, and institutions affecting international peace and security, with particular focus on the prevention of mass atrocities.
Parliamentarians For Global Action (PGA) is the largest non-governmental, cross-party, international network of individual legislators with approximately 1,400 members in 143 parliaments around the world. PGA mobilizes parliamentarians as human rights champions committed to promoting the rule of law, democracy, human security, non-discrimination and gender equality. The organization’s vision is to contribute to the creation of a rules-based international order for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.
Peace Direct is an international civil society organization that supports local people to stop violence and build sustainable peace. All the projects Peace Direct supports are initiatives started, managed, and staffed by local people. They aim to reduce the risk of violent conflict, overcome the effects of war, and strengthen communities' abilities to sustain peaceful societies. Peace Direct believes that local people should lead peacebuilding efforts and be heard by decision-makers. Peace Direct currently works with partners in 12 countries around the world including: Burundi, DRC, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Platform for Peace and Humanity is an international civic association of young professionals promoting peace and humanity in the world by resorting to instruments and mechanisms of international law. It aims to develop and implement projects to protect human rights, support international justice, prevent atrocity crimes and ensure compliance with international law and contribute to its progressive development. The association is based in Slovakia and its three pillars of work include research, advocacy and awareness-raising.
Platform for Social Justice (PSJ) is an independent non-governmental human rights organization that works to promote justice for marginalized persons and promote sustainable economic justice in rural areas in Uganda. PSJ cherishes involving, initiating and encouraging government, community members, and victims of human rights abuse to be part of human rights promotion, protection and advocacy processes. PSJ works with rural communities to challenge the root causes of injustice by building their skills and increasing their knowledge to identify solutions for lasting change impacting their lives as dignified and respected citizens, thus promoting social transformation in affected rural communities.
The Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) is a peacebuilding NGO dedicated to restoring a culture of peace and preventing violent conflict in the Western Balkans by creating, implementing and supporting unconventional, multidisciplinary and innovative approaches to peace education, post-conflict research, human rights and transitional justice. PCRC is committed to establishing an environment where human rights are respected and the principles of transparency, accountability and the rule of law are upheld to support a healthy democracy.
Rights for Peace (RfP) is a human rights organisation working to prevent mass atrocity crimes in fragile states, by supporting and collaborating with local organisations. In times of conflict or transition, human rights organisations overwhelmingly report violations and seek accountability, with little attention on preventing, mitigating patterns of violations, or linking justice efforts with prevention. RfP combines legal advocacy and countering division focusing on early intervention on hate-based violations.
Rwanda Youth Clubs for Peace Organization is a local non-profit peacebuilding organization founded by committed teachers dedicated to sustainable peace and conflict transformation at the grassroots level. Rwanda Youth Clubs for Peace empowers youth volunteer leaders to promote peace and tolerant communities through responsible citizenship.
The Sentinel Project is a non-governmental organization dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities worldwide, which is done through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. The Sentinel Project’s efforts have included monitoring online hate speech and engaging people in countering the spread of harmful misinformation that exacerbates intercommunal conflict in places like Kenya, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and South Sudan.
The West African Transitional Justice Centre (WATJCentre) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2020 with its headquarters in Nigeria. WATJCentre has been primarily established as a centre for research and programming on transitional justice within the West African corridor, with the aim of influencing policy and learning on the African Continent and globally. The organisation is designed to proffer technical solutions to governments in the region regarding the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms, including the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, to influence good governance and sustainable development in the region.
The Youth Association for Development (YAD) is a civil society initiative based in Baluchistan, Pakistan, whose roots lie with a core of volunteers in different districts of Baluchistan. YAD is a multi-sectoral development organization using participatory development approaches to bring long-term change and sustainable development in society. Its aim is to promote and protect peace, social and interfaith harmony, democracy, human rights and social development in Baluchistan through mobilization, awareness, research, dialogue, advocacy and training.
Yazda is a U.S. based non-profit advocacy and humanitarian organization which established to create a support system for the religious minorities in conflict regions of Middle East. Yazda was established in 2014, after minorities in Iraq and Syria went under emergency and catastrophic circumstances. Yazda mission is to engage in advocacy with the international community to hold perpetrators accountable, and urge the States to protect their populations from genocide, and war crimes. Yazda conducts projects such as healthcare, Psycho-social, and education.
GAAMAC maintains informal alliances with other organizations.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the commitments to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration. The IHRA was initiated in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. Today the IHRA’s membership consists of 33 member countries, each of whom recognizes that international political coordination is imperative to strengthen the moral commitment of societies and to combat growing Holocaust denial and antisemitism.The IHRA’s network of trusted experts share their knowledge on early warning signs of present-day genocide and education on the Holocaust. This knowledge supports policymakers and educational multipliers in their efforts to develop effective curricula, and it informs government officials and NGOs active in global initiatives for genocide prevention.
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) provides support, assistance and expertise to its 57 participating States and civil society to promote democracy, rule of law, human rights and tolerance and non-discrimination. ODIHR observes elections, reviews legislation and advises governments on how to develop and sustain democratic institutions. In order to address racism, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance which continue to threaten security in the increasingly diverse societies across the OSCE region, ODIHR has developed a collection of resources and programmes to raise awareness about discrimination, hate crimes, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance, including against Muslims, Christians and members of other religions. Through advising on policy and the training of law enforcement personnel and educators, the Office works to build the capacity of governments in preventing and responding to this problem. ODIHR also works to increase the ability of civil society to monitor and report on hate crimes and incidents.
UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's founding vision was born in response to the Second World War, marked by racist and antisemitic violence. Seventy years on, as cultural diversity is under attack and new forms of intolerance, rejection of scientific facts and threats to freedom of expression challenge peace and human rights, UNESCO's duty remains to reaffirm the humanist missions of education, science and culture. This includes promoting education to prevent genocide by providing a forum to address violent pasts and by fostering the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to prevent current day intolerance and discrimination.