Organized By : United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

Participants to this online course will have the opportunity to learn about the difference between hate speech and incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence, study the related legislative and policy frameworks, explore the link between freedom of expression and opinion, analyze the causes and consequences, consider the challenges posed by hate speech to societies, discuss ways to address and counter hate speech, and learn how to build online and offline resilience to hate speech. Special attention will be given to various dimensions of hate speech, including gender, and to contemporary challenges linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The course is organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG). The course is free of charge.

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

Fifteen years ago, the adoption of the responsibility to protect during the 2005 World Summit
represented a significant step towards realizing the international community’s commitment to end
the most horrific forms of human rights violations. This vital and enduring commitment generated
hope and spurred action to shield populations around the world from genocide, war crimes, ethnic
cleansing and crimes against humanity.

While considerable progress has been made in terms of transforming the responsibility to protect
into a sustainable agenda for prevention, the efforts of the international community have not
matched the human suffering in parts of the world where atrocity crimes continue to be committed
with impunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the vulnerability of the least
protected in society and highlighted existing concerns, such as discrimination against certain
groups, hate speech, xenophobia, attacks and forced returns of refugees and asylum-seekers,
mistreatment of migrants, and sexual and gender-based violence. These are all indicators of risk
of atrocity crimes.

The 15th anniversary of the responsibility to protect takes place in a year when, more than ever,
political will and determination to protect and defend the rights of vulnerable populations is needed
in all corners of the world. The challenge is both practical and political: how to best uphold the
responsibility to protect by uniting efforts to strengthen its implementation.

Against this background, the Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect is
proposing a virtual conversation for United Nations principals, representatives of Member States,
regional and subregional organizations, and civil society organizations to commemorate the 15th
anniversary of the responsibility to protect. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the
progress made to date and in light of emerging challenges, discuss priorities and strategies to
advance greater cooperation on the ground-breaking commitment to fully operationalize the
responsibility to protect populations from atrocity crimes.

The event will take place on 7 October 2020 from 09:00 am to 10:30 am (EST).
To confirm participation, please register here:
*Deadline for RSVP is Monday 5 October 2020*


Organized By : Impunity Watch

There is growing recognition among Syrians and the international community that unaddressed challenges to property rights and the increasing impediments they pose to the return of refugees and internally displaced people (I DPs) have become major obstacles to peace and justice in Syria. This virtual event will bring together representatives from affected communities and Syrian and international experts to explore steps to address HLP rights violations, including putting HLP rights at the centre of negotiations for a political settlement, and ensuring that property records are protected, violations are investigated, and perpetrators are held accountable.


Welcome and introductory remarks

Ms. Frances Topham Smallwood, Impunity Watch
Ms. Marjolein Wijninckx, PAX

Recorded video briefings
Ms. Mouna Khaity, Women Now
Mr. Abdullah Khatib, Filmmaker and peace activist

Moderated panel featuring
Ms. Krystel Bassil, Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP)
Mr. Ahmad Helmi, Kesh Malek/Taʼafi
Ms. Sawsan Abou Zeinedin, Sakan Housing Communities and Qibaa

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Organized By : Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Following up of the discussion on the security risks of climate change and digital transformation through the lens of mass atrocities and protection of civilians and the preparation of convening a Multipolar Task Force in that context, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP) and the Environment & Development Resource Centre invite you to the next meeting of scholars and practitioners.

The discussion will focus on the presentation of diverging tools and approaches of some global actors towards responding to the security risks of climate change and digital transformation which impede protection of civilians from mass atrocities and which require a new coherent and consistent harmonized framework.

The proposed Multipolar Task Force will aim to generate political will and enhancing of cooperation among the UN Security Council Permanent Member States (P5) which in particular have both the responsibility and the opportunity within the international community to better address the contemporary challenges, protecting civilians from mass killing and uniting rather than dividing diverse cultures and communities. The goal is to discover actionable responses while utilizing the perspectives of different cultures and the younger generation, who will be most impacted by the challenges that lie ahead.


“Diverging Approaches to Human Rights in Diplomacy” - Dr. Istvan Lakatos, Former Human Rights Ambassador of Hungary /Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro

“Diverging Responses to the Challenges of Artificial Intelligence” - Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies

“Diverging Responses to the Threats of Climate Security” – Jamie Shea, Professor, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter

“Implementation of the Initiative "Multipolar Task Force" - Gyorgy Tatar, Chair, Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention


Ronald A Kingham, Executive Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre

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Organized By : FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

On September 28, 2020, leading scholars and activists will discuss the additional challenges and risks Romani people are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic during a webinar, “Responses to COVID-19 at Local, National, and International Levels.”

This event is the third in the four-part webinar series, “Romani People During Pandemics.” The webinar series aims to:

  • Discuss past and present patterns of fearing or blaming Roma during pandemics and place these patterns in the broader history of scapegoating in times of crisis.
  • Draw attention to various responses chosen by state representatives and their rationale. We will discuss discriminatory measures by local or state institutions who imposed Roma-only, disproportionate, or militarized measures in Romani neighborhoods or towns.
  • Focus on effective responses implemented at local, national, or international levels by state and non-state actors to protect Romani people, their health and well-being in times of pandemic and outside of them.

This webinar series is being organized by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, the Romani Studies Program of the Central European University, the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), and Cornell University.

Check this page for updates on speakers and how to view the webinar.