For the past 30 years, Vanier College and the Holocaust and Genocide Prevention Foundation have co-organized the events of the Annual Symposium on the Holocaust and Genocide. This is the first year that they will be partnering with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

The symposium has a 29-year history fulfilling its mandate to teach young people the history of the Holocaust and to demonstrate the dangers of prejudice and discrimination while underscoring the importance of human rights.

The topic this year will include presentations on the Armenian genocide, Holocaust, and presentations on the murder and cultural genocide of Indigenous, Rohingya, and Uyghurs. The lectures are presented by scholars and experts in the fields of Holocaust studies, antisemitism, human rights, and law, as well as mis/dis Information on the Internet.

The event is online, from 4-8 April 2022.

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Organized By : Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

Atrocity Prevention Briefing: MLA Initiative – towards the adoption of a convention for international cooperation for the investigation and prosecution of atrocity crimes.

Atrocity prevention is of utmost importance. But in situations where these crimes have already taken place, their prosecution is also imperative. There is a global consensus that there should be no impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The MLA Initiative emerged after an expert meeting organized by the Netherlands, Belgium, and Slovenia confirmed a legal gap in the mutual legal assistance and extradition between States for the national adjudication of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Given the nature of these crimes, with suspects, victims, witnesses, and evidence often crossing the States' borders, ensuring effective international legal cooperation at the global level is paramount. This legal gap hampers the ability of States to cooperate effectively in the fight against impunity. The core group of States leading the Initiative was later enlarged to include Argentina, Senegal, and Mongolia.

Some existing multilateral treaties contain modern provisions on mutual legal assistance and extradition, e.g., the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the UN Convention against Corruption. The MLA Initiative advocates for the adoption of a multilateral treaty that would provide similar inter-State cooperation mechanisms. The Initiative addresses the primary responsibility of States to prosecute atrocity crimes and the need to improve the effectiveness of investigation and prosecution of these crimes at the national level. That is why the core group proposes the creation of a modern procedural multilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance and extradition, which would facilitate better practical cooperation between States investigating and prosecuting these crimes – the MLA initiative. During this briefing, Quirien van Straelen will provide insight into the background of the Initiative and the current process towards opening diplomatic negotiations.

Online, 31 March at 10 AM (EDT)

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Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

On March 31st, Justine Di Mayo, Program Manager of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, will host “Confronting Silence: Digital Mapping to Fight Impunity.” This two-hour webinar will shed light on the use of digital mapping to confront impunity, using the Coalition's MENA Mapping Project (Damirouna) as a springboard for a larger global conversation on the matter. This session will include simultaneous interpretation into English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.The webinar starts at 8:00 am (EST-NY). To register, click here.


Organized By : Protection Approaches

From the Holocaust to the anti-gay purges in Chechnya, LGBTQI+ communities have been deliberately targeted by widespread, systematic campaigns that can be described as atrocity crimes. Yet, the unique risks and vulnerabilities that LGBTQI+ communities face too often remain missing from atrocity prevention and approaches to reducing conflict and instability. This leaves LGBTQI+ communities excluded and at risk.

Please join Protection Approaches for the launch of their new ideas paper, ‘Queering Atrocity Prevention’, exploring how our atrocity and conflict prevention communities of practice might better address our blind spots and asking what queering our work could look like.

The launch event will be opened with a welcome from Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director at Protection Approaches, who will also chair the event.

Jess Gifkins, Protection Approaches’ Queering Atrocity Prevention Research Fellow, will present the paper on behalf of the research team.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and Savita Pawnday, Executive Director at the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, will respond to the paper.

The event is online, on 31 March from 17:00-18:00 (CEST)

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The organization PeaceWomen Across the Globe announces the international launch of the publication "From transition to transformation. Strengthening women's effective participation in peacebuilding and transitional justice processes", which explores with partners in Colombia, Nepal and the Philippines questions such as: How can women's participation in peace processes be strengthened?

The publication offers practical recommendations for effective women's participation in peacebuilding and shows how fundamental networking among activists and conflict-affected women is. The publication was produced by PeaceWomen Across the Globe and our partners Comunitar, Nagarik Aawaz and GZO Peace Institute.At the virtual event, the authors will present the most important findings from the publication. Experts from Colombia, Kenya and the Philippines will then share their experiences from peace processes in a panel discussion. Questions from the audience will be taken afterwards.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 30 March 2022 in English and Spanish (with simultaneous translation). Time: 7 a.m. (Colombia) / 2 p.m. (Switzerland) / 3 p.m. (Kenya) / 5.45 p.m. (Nepal) / 8 p.m. (Philippines)

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