Organized By : Harriet and Kenneth Kuperberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Please join the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, CUNY for a conference on the state of Roma human rights in the Balkans.

The aim of this conference is to review the contemporary state of human rights and the challenges that confront Roma people in the six Western Balkan countries seeking European Union membership. Following centuries of persecution, Roma exclusion continues to exist in social, legal, and political spheres throughout Europe. Though frequently overlooked, Roma are considered the largest minority ethnic group in Europe with an estimated 12 to 15 million living on the continent, the vast majority in Central and Eastern Europe. Many Roma, including those who may have lived in a country for decades, are numbered among the stateless in Europe—living in Europe yet denied personal identity documents from birth to adulthood, effectively blocking their access to critical social services, health care, and education and participation in the political decision-making of their communities.

This conference brings together top Roma scholars in the academy, advocates, and practitioners who are working to advance the human rights and dignity of Roma people throughout the Balkans.  

The conference will be realized on Thursday, April 8, 2021 (9:00am - 1:40pm ET). The program will be held virtually on Zoom and YouTube Live. 

Full program and details on registration can be found here


On the occasion of the International Day on 7 April, UNESCO will organize an online event entitled From hate speech to genocide: lessons from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda to mark the 27th anniversary of the start of the genocide.

The online event will include welcome remarks by UNESCO-Director General Audrey Azoulay and  H.E. Amb. François Xavier Ngarambe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to UNESCO, followed by a survior interview with Freddy Mutanguha and a panel discussion with the participation of 

  • Ms Susan Benesch (USA), Director of the Dangerous Speech project
  • Mr Marcel Kabanda (France), Historian and former President of Ibuka France
  • Mr Paul Rutayisire (Rwanda), Historian
  • H.E. Amb. Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (Argentina), President of Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes and former President of the International Criminal Court

The event will be moderated by Dr Stephen Smith, UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education and Executive Director of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation.

The commemoration is being organized by UNESCO and the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, with the Permanent Delegation of Rwanda to UNESCO, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC). 

Wednesday 7 April 2021
9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. EST / 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. CEST


More information here. Simultaneous interpretation available in English and French.

#PreventGenocide #Kwibuka


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

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Romani Studies Program of the Central European University will host “Intersectional Discrimination. The Roma Case.”

At this event, participants will:

  • Discuss realities, struggles, tactics, and paths to dismantle anti-Roma racism
  • Explore tactics to strengthen the voices and the participation of Romani feminists and Romani LGBTIQ activists in policy-making, intersectional feminism, mainstream feminism, the Roma movement, LGBTQI movement, and neighborhoods and communities
  • Harness support, learning, and cooperation from other geographies and social movements

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression Health Equity Research Collaborative (Harvard SOGIE) at Harvard University.

View the conference agenda here. (The agenda is subject to change)

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

Join the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) as they offer strategies for using grassroots women's narratives as catalysts for atrocity prevention through unique peacebuilding programs that include art healing techniques, memorialization initiatives and survivor-led human rights documentation processes.

Panelists will discuss their work in community-led transitional justice initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America to illuminate how peace processes can better address gendered components of conflict and prevent future atrocities. Partners will share survivor-centered techniques, strategies and grassroots methodologies from their work in post-conflict environments with the goal of better incorporating grassroots atrocity prevention methodologies into the praxis of other civil society organizations and international actors. This event will discuss the many effective
truth, justice and reconciliation efforts and parallel structures that are possible when grassroots, national and international platforms collaborate.


Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman, Senior Director, Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation,
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Alice Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Bibiana Peñaranda Sepúlveda, Gender and Racial Justice Advocate and Organizer from Buenaventura, Colombia

Erika Maria Rivera Rúa, Deputy Analyst, Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition, Colombia

March 25, 2021 at 9:00 am (EST-NY)

You need to first register to the NGO CSW65 Virtual platform here!

Once you have been registered, you can join our event by clicking here


ODIHR/OSCE is organizing a Side Event on “Incitement to Discrimination, Hostility and Violence: A Comparative Analysis” at the ASIL Annual Meeting

While digital technology is a huge opportunity to communicate across countries and cultures, it unfortunately also has the ability to spread disinformation, hatred, and incitement to violence. Since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, we have seen hatred spreading as minority and marginalized communities have found themselves scapegoated and in some cases even become victims of targeted violence and hatecrime. Join us for a discussion around legal frameworks on incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence as well as freedom of expression!

March 25, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:30pm EST/20.30 - 21.30pm CET