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Over the past few years, some States have developed new methods both of limiting access to the internet, and of regulating online content that they deem problematic. These initiatives stand in stark contrast to recent decisions by international tribunals protecting the right to free expression, and efforts at the United Nations to safeguard press freedoms. How can States effectively regulate access to the internet for legitimate protective purposes while complying with international standards regarding freedom of the press, and respecting fundamental human rights?

Introductory remarks:
• Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Representative of Honduras to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
• Professor Hannah Garry, Director, International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Moderator:
• Christina G. Hioureas, Partner, Chair, United Nations Practice Group, Foley Hoag

Panelists:
• Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
• Toby Cadman, Co-Founder and Head of Chambers, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers
• Peter Micek, General Counsel and Manager, UN Policy and Advocacy, Access Now
• Berhan Taye, Africa Policy Manager and Global Internet Shutdowns Lead, Access Now

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Organized By : United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect cordially invites you to join us to observe the 72nd Anniversary of Genocide Convention and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

With a panel discussion on the lessons learned, opportunities and challenges of international justice, including criminal justice and reparations for victims of the crime of genocide. 

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Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Since it became operational in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has established more than 30 investigative bodies tasked with monitoring, investigating and establishing the facts and circumstances of grave abuses and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, some of which may amount to mass atrocity crimes. Commissions of Inquiry (CoI), Fact-Finding Missions (FFM) and other investigative bodies can constitute key mechanisms to respond to the commission of atrocities and prevent their recurrence.

Investigative bodies are an important tool in upholding our Responsibility to Protect. By directly applying an “atrocity lens,” investigative mechanisms can broaden our understanding of patterns of behavior that enable the commission of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. The CoI on Burundi and the FFM on Myanmar have both utilized the UN’s Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes to identify risk factors and potential triggers for war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide. Despite these examples, the systematic inclusion of an atrocity lens in all HRC-mandated investigative bodies has yet to be achieved.

This event aims to increase understanding of how CoIs, FFMs and other mechanisms can systematically include an atrocity lens in their fact-finding and investigations and contribute to accountability, prevention and non-recurrence of atrocities. During the event previous and current members of investigative bodies will unpack lessons learned and best practices from their work.

This event is co-hosted by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Permanent Missions of Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Uruguay.

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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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