Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

What lessons can Europe learn from 15 years of R2P and atrocity prevention? How can European states integrate the principle of responsibility to protect into national domestic and foreign policies? What are the biggest triggers and risks in European countries that could lead to atrocities? What should Europe be aiming to do between now and 2035, when R2P is 30?

Marking the 15th anniversary of R2P, Karen Smith, the UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Savita Pawnday, Deputy Executive Director at the Global Centre on the Responsibility to Protect, and Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director at Protection Approaches, will join in conversation to discuss these pressing questions about the future and relevance of Responsibility to Protect for Europe.

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Since it was established 75 years ago, the United Nations has had a mixed record in terms of its capacity to prevent atrocities and protect populations from conscience shocking crimes. During 2009, as the war in Sri Lanka was coming to a close, government forces and rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity. A UN internal review panel, headed by Charles Petrie, determined that the UN had systematically failed to protect populations from the crimes. Nearly a decade later, Ambassador Gert Rosenthal conducted a similar review of the UN’s presence in Myanmar during the so-called “clearance operations” in Rakhine State and the years leading up to the genocide of the Rohingya.

On 19 November the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect will bring together these two renowned UN experts to discuss their seminal reports on Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and lessons learned regarding UN responses to situations where populations are facing the threat of atrocity crimes. Drawing on their unique expertise, Ambassador Rosenthal and Mr. Petrie will discuss the findings of their reports and assess their systemic implications for the UN. Is the UN effective in responding to escalating atrocity risks? Are there any political, structural, or institutional challenges that inhibit the UN’s effectiveness? Is there a need to improve early action within the UN system?

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Organized By : Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Three years since the Tatmadaw’s so-called clearing operations in Rakhine and the exodus of over 700,000
Rohingya people into Bangladesh, the international community continues to fail in stopping the atrocities in
Myanmar. This online webinar examines the relevant developments in Myanmar and how ASEAN, the UN, and
other stakeholders have responded to the crisis and what accounts for the failure and ineffectiveness of these
responses. What are some of the lessons that could be learned from these failures and what are some of new
ideas that need to be explored by ASEAN and the rest of the international community?


Dr Noel M. Morada, Director, Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building,


Debbie Stothard, Coordinator and Founder, ALTSEAN-Burma

Wai Wai Nu, Women’s Peace Network

Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Former Malaysian Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)



Monday, 16 November 2020

15:00 – 16 :00 CET

Online event

Atrocities (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing) continue to challenge humanity. The many ongoing crises remind us that no society is immune and that a reinvigorated approach to prevention is urgently needed. Launched in 2013 as a political initiative to galvanize understanding of and support for early and permanent prevention, the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) offers a new approach and impetus to atrocity prevention.

GAAMAC is led by a Steering Group, whose composition is innovative and unique[1] true to GAAMAC’s founding principles of complementarity between states and civil society. On 16 November 2020 the Chair will officially be passed over from Switzerland to Argentina during a virtual event.

On this occasion, GAAMAC wants to highlight the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council as well as other multilateral institutions in promoting atrocity prevention. The prevention platform GAAMAC welcomes that the High Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver a Keynote Speech to that end.


  • Welcoming Address by Ambassador Simon Geissbühler, Head of the Human Security Division, FDFA Switzerland
  • Keynote Speech by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Remarks by Ambassador Federico Villegas, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN in Geneva
  • Remarks by Ms. Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, FDFA Switzerland, Outgoing GAAMAC Chair

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  • Remarks by Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, former President of the International Criminal Court, Special Representative of Argentina to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Incoming GAAMAC Chair
  • Concluding remarks by Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva

[1] Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland and Tanzania, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the Liberation War Museum, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula (Patron of the GAAMAC Africa Working Group), Mr. Andrea Bartoli (Sant’ Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue)  and Mr. Tetsushi Ogata (Genocide Prevention Advisory Network). The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect participates to the Steering Group discussions and is an active supporter of GAAMAC’s endeavour.

Find the speeches of the event here

Find the full publication "Politorbis" dedicated to atrocity prevention


Organized By : Global Justice Center

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), as well as the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on R2P analyzed where issues related to gender and R2P overlap, from identifying risk factors for atrocity crimes to the prevention and response to such crimes.

As highlighted in the report, gender permeates genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in many ways. The case of Myanmar highlights the value of closely examining the gendered dimensions of a particular situation. As this year’s R2P report reflects, the international community must do more to ensure a holistic, consistent, and gender-inclusive approach to atrocity prevention and response.

Join this webinar panel on 11 November 2020 at 9am-10am ET where international experts, advocates and academics will discuss how gender permeates every stage of mass atrocity crimes — through the lens of atrocity crimes in Myanmar — and the role gender can play in fulfilling the duty to prevent them.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Global Justice Center.

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