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Restorative justice solutions emphasize the need to repair the harm caused by a criminal act, focusing less on retributive aspects of criminal justice. These solutions can substitute a criminal proceeding or applied in parallel to or after criminal proceedings. They can also involve communities, addressing the wider and devastating impact of hate crimes on society.   

The webinar is organized as part of the Enhancing Stakeholder Awareness and Resources for Hate Crime Victim Support (EStAR) project. The EStAR project is implemented by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) together with the Association of Counseling Centers for Victims of Right-Wing, Racist and Anti- Semitic Violence in Germany (VBRG).

The webinar on August 31 (15 - 16.30 CEST) will explore the general picture of the existing restorative justice practices and their implementation. Leading experts and practitioners in the field will highlight the benefits and considerations in applying restorative justice solutions for hate crime and ways to ensure that victims are placed at the center of such solutions. 

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The Dubrovnik Atrocity Prevention School will introduce participants to the foundations and challenges of atrocity prevention and put special emphasis on the implementation of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) principle agreed by all UN member states in 2005. The School includes guest lectures by key experts in the field of atrocity prevention both from the United Nations, regional organisations and civil society in New York, Geneva and the field.

Participants will explore the challenge of assessing the effectiveness of different types of preventions, focusing on preventive diplomacy, field operations, humanitarian action, civil society action, economic inducements and other mean of prevention. During this course, participants will learn different ways of examining and evaluating atrocity prevention, to understand and compare the different actors engaged in this work, to consider the relationship between gender, human rights, and the prevention of atrocity crimes, and to understand, assess and utilise key tools such as preventive diplomacy, peaceful measures, coercive measures, the protection of civilians in complex operations, transitional justice and accountability, and the prevention of recurrence. These insights and skills will be put to the test in a series of exercises.

All participants have to register online at https://iuc.hr/programme/1111 (“Apply”) no later than 15 July 2021


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Organized By : Sentinel Project

Join GAAMAC partner, the Sentinel Project for an interactive Q&A session where we will be discussing how to prevent violence before, during, and after the 2022 Kenyan election.

The Sentinel Project is pleased to welcome a special guest, Prof. Fredrick Ogenga, who is the President and CEO of The Peacemaker Corps Foundation Kenya and the Founding Director of the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security at Rongo University.

Time and date: Aug 26, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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If you’d like to learn more about Sentinel Project's work before the event, including how you can support it, click here


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For decades, the Burmese security forces have wielded sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war against Burma’s ethnic communities, including the Rohingya. The United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, as well as countless other international organizations, have documented rape, gang rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence targeting women and girls, men and boys, by the Burma military.

Now, emboldened by the international community’s failure to hold them accountable, the Burma army is terrorizing the entire country, depriving us of the possibility of an inclusive, federal democratic future. 

On this year's Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, we invite you to join Rohingya and other women working with survivors of this decades-long sexual and gender-based violence. Moderated by Wai Wai Nu, our hour-long discussion will highlight the impact of sexual and gender-based violence and the need for justice and accountability for survivors. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A session open to all the attendees on Zoom. Live interpretation in English will be provided.

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Following the first round of general elections, and three years after the beginning of a hopeful transition to a democratic Ethiopia, the country is at a critical juncture. Civil war in Tigray is expanding as insecurity threatens other parts of the country, ethnic and political polarization is increasing, respect for freedom of expression is decreasing, and opposition party leaders and members remain detained. Within this environment, the Ethiopian government is considering holding a national dialogue and discussions of constitutional arrangements. The government’s actions and positions related to each of these challenges will determine the stability and democratic trajectory of the country for years to come. 

In a panel discussion organized by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), speakers will examine opportunities for dialogue and resolution of political tensions; resolution of conflict; protection of civil and political rights; and democratic reforms. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

William Davison is the Senior Analyst for Ethiopia with the International Crisis Group. He was Bloomberg’s Ethiopia correspondent from 2010 until 2017 and has also published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, and other international media. In 2018 he founded Ethiopia Insight, from which he is editorially detached.

Befekadu Hailu is an award-winning writer, blogger, and pro-democracy activist in Ethiopia. He is the co-founder and executive director of NED grantee Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD). He was also a co-founder of the Zone 9 Blogging and Activism Collective, a winner of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2015 and four other prestigious awards and recognitions, and worked for different media outlets as an editor and is a weekly opinion columnist for Deutsche Welle (Amharic Service). He received PEN Pinter Prize for International Writer of Courage in 2019 and Burt Award for African Literature in Ethiopia in 2012.

Meskerem Geset is an Ethiopian and international human rights expert, women’s rights advocate, co-founder and board member of Lawyers for Human Rights and TIMRAN, and a former leader of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association. She was recently appointed to serve as the Commissioner for Women and Children’s Rights on the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and serves as a member of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls. She previously held positions as a High Court Judge in Ethiopia and Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA). She has received awards from the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and DefendDefenders for her human rights work.

Scott Taylor is a Professor in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In 2020, he was appointed Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in SFS. He is the former Director of Georgetown’s African Studies Program, which he led from 2007-2020. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, he held the Gwendolen M. Carter Lectureship in African Politics at Smith College.

Ambassador Reuben Brigety is the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South, Sewanee. He is also an adjunct senior fellow for African peace and security issues at the Council on Foreign Relations.  From 2015 to 2020, he was dean of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. From 2013-15, Amb. Brigety served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to these appointments, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs with responsibility for southern Africa and regional security affairs. 

August 5, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM CEST

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