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.

Read the event report

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.

Register here!


Organized By : Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Today, in Europe, hate speech and hate crimes are increasingly becoming daily realities. History has shown that, if not addressed and prevented in time, hateful rhetoric and discriminatory practices often precede the commission of serious human rights violations and atrocities. Risk factors such as the rise of hate speech against targeted groups need to be addressed early enough to prevent escalation to violence.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to the rise of hate, incitement and discrimination. At the same time, the crisis has also created the space for new approaches, creativity and innovation in peacebuilding and prevention efforts.

Many initiatives from European States and civil society actors address hate speech and hate crimes at local and regional levels. However, there is a need to identify existing gaps in prevention efforts and strengthen mutual awareness and connectedness across these initiatives and programmes. By doing so, the international community will be able to strengthen its own resilience and overcome many of the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

This online session offers a trusted horizontal and participatory space where peacebuilders, including both state and civil society actors engaged in prevention at local, regional and global levels, can draw on each other’s expertise, good practices and experiences, and reflect on new ways to build trust and boost cooperation.

What is missing regarding countering hate speech in Europe? What can we learn from prevention efforts elsewhere? How can we connect and collaborate better with one another? Participants will learn from successes and failures through concrete examples of multistakeholder collaboration, projects and initiatives. Together they will get inspired with new ideas on how to counter hate speech and hate crimes in Europe in a coordinated and effective way.  

The session is co-organized by the Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt), Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), supported by Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC).

Read the report here


All stakeholders active in countering hate speech, discrimination and/or hate crimes in Europe are invited to participate in this discussion including government, international organizations and civil society representatives.

Participants will need to register through the Geneva Peace Week website and application. The session will not be recorded as to ensure the confidentiality of the discussions.

The session will include a panel conversation and an interactive segment with the audience. Discussions and recommendations will be captured by a graphic recorder.

Panel discussion

Moderator and introductory remarks:

  • Ms Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for dealing with the past and prevention of atrocities at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and GAAMAC Chair


  • Ms Christie Edwards, Deputy Head/Acting Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Mr Elvir Djuliman, Director of the Nansen Dialogue Centre Mostar
  • Ms Tanja Florath, Policy officer at the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Organized By : World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy

The 2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and subsequent resolutions within the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) framework have been a cornerstone of women’s political advocacy in the peace-building processes in Colombia and Mali on both local and national levels. This event will explore how civil society in both Colombia and Mali has utilized 1325-based advocacy effectively, as well as the challenges they have faced. Twenty years after Resolution 1325 was adopted, how do the experiences of Malian and Colombian women’s rights advocates in using these frameworks showcase the major strengths and weaknesses of the WPS agenda? How can these experiences inform the WPS framework’s future development?

This event will feature:

Luz Piedad Caicedo, Deputy Director of Corporación Humanas Colombia

Mama Koité Doumbia, President of MUSONET-Mali (Réseau MUSONET)

The event is organized by the World Federalist Movement Institute for Global Policy, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

If you are able to attend, please register here: