Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

Join Pratima Narayan, Senior Program Manager with the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, as she speaks with partners about the renewed Global Responsibility to Protect and the ways that communities and the private sector can transform early warning into early action against racism, ethnic discrimination, and xenophobia.

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Organized By : Parliamentarians for Global Action

Democratic Renewal and Human Rights

Day 1 (16 December): The Antidote to Authoritarianism: Parliamentarians as champions of democratic principles and institutions

Date: 16th of December 2021
Time: 8:00am – 11:30am (EST) / 14:00 - 17:30 (CET)

The years 2020 and 2021 have been characterized by the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments have taken emergency measures in the name of curtailing the spread of the virus which have included violations of human rights (including civil and political rights) and resulted in further discrimination and oppression of vulnerable populations and contributed to the erosion of democratic principles and institutions and the rise of authoritarianism.

Globally, democracy is in decline. This trend is aggravated by the dangerous rise in disinformation, the dismantling of protections for press freedom, including the weaponization of the media to attack individuals or groups perceived as a threat, and the decreasing independence of the judiciary.

In certain regions, authoritarian regimes have gained momentum in the political arena by leading their populations with fear, which has contributed to the radicalization of the political landscape. At the same time, social media has fundamentally shifted the nature of the public discourse and the way information is shared between the citizenry and their government; authoritarian governments have also capitalized on the use of social media platforms to spread misinformation and propaganda. Media freedom has become increasingly important to ensure that populations are informed and, consequently, can act to protect fundamental as well as civil and political rights.

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Day 2 (17 December): International Parliamentary Oceans Day

Date: 17th of December 2021
Time: 8:00am – 11:30am (EST) / 14:00 - 17:30 (CET)

The global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted fisheries and aquaculture food systems. Necessary and life-saving protective measures taken by governments have disrupted national and international seafood supply chains. Fisheries management processes have been adversely impacted in an industry already challenged by hazardous working conditions and other human rights violations. Parliamentarians are in the best position to provide long-lasting solutions that protect fish workers, empower impoverished fishing communities, and secure the right to food.

The Oceans absorb nearly one-third of carbon dioxide emissions and roughly 90% of the excess heat retained by greenhouse gases. Establishing Marine Protected Area networks is critical to maintaining climate change resilience and rebuilding ecological and social resilience. PGA has therefore engaged in a new partnership with the Blue Nature Alliance, highlighting combined efforts to protect 30% of the Oceans by 2030.

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In recognition of Human Rights Day, FXB Center is hosting a conversation on the book “Time for Reparations: A Global Perspective.” The book includes case studies of state injustices and explores reparations. 

The event will take place online on Dec 10, 2021, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm UTC. This event is open to all. 

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

By systematically negating the facts of history, genocide deniers manufacture doubt, seed discord and mistrust, strengthen contested narratives about the past, present and future, and create conditions that may lead to the recurrence of atrocities. Drawing from unique experiences, this event provides the opportunity for panelists to discuss how education has played a crucial role in combatting genocide denial and the prevention of atrocities.

This event is co-organized by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (member of GAAMAC's Steering Group) and the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN. Armenia is a partner of GAAMAC. 


Video message:
H.E. Mr. Ararat Mirzoyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia

Opening remarks:
H.E. Mr. Mher Margaryan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations

Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide

Ms. Savita Pawnday, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

- Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University
- Dr. Taner Akçam, Historian and Sociologist, Professor of History, Clark University
- Ms. Tali Nates, Executive Director, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center, South Africa
- Ms. Andrea Gittleman, Program Manager, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Mr. Jack Mayerhofer, Deputy Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Watch the even on Zoom (starts at 3PM UTC+1 on 9 December 2021)


Organized By : Sentinel Project

GAAMAC partner The Sentinel Project will take part in a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum in Katowice, Poland. The workshop will adddress the risk of harm that emerges from abusive online interactions and scrutinise the need for human rights to be more actively integrated into how online spaces are governed, moderated and managed. 

The workshop will take place online on Wednesday 8 November at 8:30 UTC. 

More information about the workshop

The Internet Governance Forum will take place from 6-10 December. It is open to all but registration is compulsory.

Register to the Internet Governance Forum