Organized By : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Genocide and other mass atrocities are always preceded by a range of early warning signs. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s founding charter, written by a commission chaired by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, mandates that our institution strive to make preventive action a routine response when warning signs appear. If these signs are detected, their causes can be addressed, preventing the potential for catastrophic progression. Please join us for this timely event on the importance of prevention.

The Early Warning Project, a joint initiative of the Museum and Dartmouth College, is a first-of-its-kind tool designed to identify countries at risk for new mass killings to support preventive action. The Statistical Risk Assessment uses publicly available data and statistical modeling to produce a list of 163 countries ranked by their likelihood of experiencing new mass killings.

This event will examine the results of the 2020-21 assessment and feature remarks from the following speakers:
• The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, United States Senator
• The Honorable Todd Young, United States Senator
• Dr. Arsène Brice Bado, Center for Research and Action for Peace, Simon-Skjodt Center Côte d’Ivoire Early Warning Fellow
• Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute
• Ms. Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Ms. Mollie Zapata, Research Manager, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United Nations Human Rights Office Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (OHCHR IPMS) and the Equal Rights Trust (ERT) convene consultation meetings towards inputting the draft guide “Protecting Minority Rights: A Practical Guide on Developing Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation”.

The publication aims to fill a long-term expressed and identified need for a go-to manual for Governments, Parliaments, NHRIs, UN staff, civil society representatives, and minority and other human rights defenders in the main conceptual and content elements of anti-discrimination law, the various aspects of the comprehensive ban on all forms of discrimination and the protection of minorities, as grounded in the core international human rights treaties and related norms and standards, including as adjudicated. In addition to summarizing normative content, the publication will provide concrete country-based practices and practical guidance.

This consultation meeting – the fourth in a series of open consultation events – aims to present and discuss questions arising at the interface between freedom of expression on the one hand, and the right to non-discrimination on the other, with a particular focus on concepts, challenges and dilemmas arising in the course of drafting comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, with a view to hearing opinions of relevant affected groups.

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Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Hear from colleagues from the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, as well as experts in the recruitment prevention and child protection fields both in the context of armed conflict and for criminal networks and gangs. Join the Inistitute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention for a conversation on what they have learned through their experiences and their work.


Steven Dudley is an investigative journalist, policy analyst and author. He is co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime, a think tank focused on organized crime in the Americas. He is the author of MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang (2019).

Achaleke Christian Leke is a civil society peacebuilding activist with special expertise in youth issues. He is National Coordinator of Local Youth Corner Cameroon.

Cesar Rincon is a Colombian lawyer with 30 years of experience in criminal investigation, focusing on criminal organizations, human rights violations and government corruption. His experience includes 11 years as team coordinator at the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

Shelly Whitman is the executive director of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security (Canada)

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Organized By : International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

Online commemoration ceremony
27 January 2021, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. CEST/ 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. EST

UNESCO and the United Nations, in partnership with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance will hold a joint online commemoration ceremony with the participation of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. The ceremony will include a key note address by the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel as well as remarks by the President of the United Nations General Assembly and representatives of the United States and Israel. In addition to the high-level remarks, the ceremony will include traditional prayers, music, a dialogue between Holocaust survivor Irene Butter and her grand-daughter, as well as statements by academics, artists and youths active in the field of Holocaust education and remembrance.

Online panel discussion on Holocaust denial and distortion

27 January 2021, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CEST/ 12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. EST

Following the ceremony, leading experts in the field of Holocaust research and education and prominent voices against antisemitism will discuss the dangers of Holocaust denial and distortion during an online round table. Participants will include Deborah Lipstadt, professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University, Hella Pick, journalist and Kindertransport refugee, Philipp Sands, writer and lawyer, Marian Turski, President of the Jewish Historical Institute Association and Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee  and Robert Williams, chair of the IHRA Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust denial. IHRA President Amb. Michaela Kuechler, UNESCO Special-Envoy Serge Klarsfeld and UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Alice Wairimu Nderitu will also contribute to the discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Hala Gorani, anchor and correspondend for CNN International and is produced by CNN.

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