The world's transitional justice will meet in Colombia!
This international conference is jointly organized by the JEP (Special Juridiction for Peace)- a result of the Peace Agreement between the FARC and the Colombian Government- and by Switzerland. The JEP is part of a whole system including a Truth Commission- CEV, and a “Unit for the search of Missing Persons” –UPBD. Furthermore, this System cooperates organically with the judicial institutions, the reparation commission and of course with the State in general, and is in constant interaction with civil society. The Peace Agreement contains also provisions for in depth structural and institutional reforms.
Experts from Argentina, Switzerland, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Peru, Chile, Ireland, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Colombia will participate in the first International Conference JEP.
In preparing the establishment of a Multipolar Task Force and following up of the two discussions of experts on the security risks of climate change and digital transformation as well as the diverging approaches of global actors to the challenges through the lens of mass atrocities and protection of civilians, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP) and the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) invite you to the third meeting of scholars and practitioners.
This event will focus on the feasibility of the Initiative. The participants will be able to learn about the proposed structure and the division of labour within the Multipolar Task Force, as well as the main elements of the budget needed for the implementation.
Mass atrocities rarely happen suddenly: they evolve and develop over time. The UN Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes identifies gross and systematic violations of human rights, as well as weak national legislations and/or institutions, among various factors that indicate a risk of atrocity crimes.
History teaches us that such crimes can be prevented long before tensions escalate to violence. Prevention policies offer many opportunities for upstream preventive action, such as the implementation of international human rights instruments at the national level, the dissemination of educational programs on tolerance, integration and peaceful coexistence, as well as the establishment of national prevention policies and mechanisms.
In this regard, The Paris Principles play a key role in atrocity prevention as they foresee the establishment of national human rights commissions to monitor human rights violations and to contribute to the act as harmonization of national legislations, regulations and practices with international human rights instruments.
The virtual panel will explore good practices and experiences from national human rights commissions or mechanisms in bringing national legislations and institutions to international human rights standards with the view to strengthen the national capacity to prevent the commission of or recurrence of mass atrocities.
As revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic, crises affect women and girls disproportionally, the virtual panel will also highlight the status of ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325.
In this vein, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect as members of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) Steering Group are co-hosting a virtual panel discussion, featuring an array of diverse expertise and experiences from different stakeholders, with the aim of identifying and examining challenges and good practices in atrocity prevention by national human rights mechanisms.
Tuesday 20 October | 4:00-5:30 pm CET
Nanna Krusaa, Senior Consultant and team leader, ethnicity, equal treatment, the Danish Institute for Human Rights
Victor Madrígal-Borloz, Eleanor Senior Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, Former Chairman of the Ghana National Peace Council
Savita Pawnday, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Centre for R2P
The virtual panel will be moderated by Ms. Mô Bleeker, GAAMAC Chair and Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
It will be followed by a Q&A session with all registered participants.
Secretary General, Religions for Peace International; Professor of Religion and Development, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Moderator: Ebrahim Moosa
Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies, Keough School of Global Affairs, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Department of History
The Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion, and Peace, which began in 1999, were established through a gift to the Kroc Institute from Mrs. Anne Marie Yoder and her family. Each year, the Kroc Institute invites a leading thinker, writer, scholar, and/or peace advocate to deliver a lecture related to nonviolence, religion, and peace. Following the lecture, audience members join in informal dialogue and discussion with the speaker and with each other.
The Asia Centre is holding a conference on the challenges and solutions to increasing hate speech based on fake news within the region. With increasing use of the internet and mobile devices, abusive and threatening remarks both in speech and writing are going viral on social media. Often such content expresses prejudice against individuals or particular groups, on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political ideology, race, religion or sexual orientation which may lead to violent outcomes.
Governments have enacted laws to preserve public order and to protect human dignity. They have also sponsored and assembled inter-faith dialogues and embarked on social cohesion efforts. Other stakeholders such the UN, international organisations, civil society and faith-based groups are also doing their part to combat hate speech.
In the search for solutions to these challenges, there is a need for an evidence-based discussion to critically examine the phenomenon of hate speech and its impact on democracy, the rule of law and human rights. This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.