Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

In many parts of the world, particularly throughout the Americas, indigenous peoples have been and continue to be victims of targeted mass atrocity violence. The violence is not limited to colonial era genocides, forced displacements, religious conversions or so-called reeducation programs. It has continued in the form of destruction and contamination of lands and waters in the name of economic development, as well as killings and disappearances of indigenous rights defenders. Most recently it has manifested in disproportionate infection and death rates as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere is the persistent attack on indigenous rights and the need for more effective atrocity prevention work more apparent than in Brazil.

Please join us for a conversation with four panelists from Brazil including indigenous activists and legal experts from academic and government institutions.

English – Portuguese Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Note: The event is intentionally scheduled to occur just before the start of the 2021 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Moderated by:

Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University and Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Director of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at Cardozo Law


Tónico Benites (Guarani-Kaiowá) is an indigenous rights leader, anthropologist and human rights defender from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Marcia Wayna Kambeba (Omágua / Kambeba) is a poet, writer, composer, photographer, activist and international speaker on indigenous and environmental issues, and the first indigenous Ombudswoman in Belem do Para, Brazil.

Fernanda Bragato is a Full Professor of Law Unisinos Law School (Brazil).

Júlio José Araújo, Jr. is a former Federal Judge and current Federal Prosecutor at in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

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Organized By : Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Hate speech, discrimination and incitement often precede the commission of mass atrocities. Amplified by technology and the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of violence in Europe is a reminder that despite its history, the region is not immune.

Many prevention initiatives from European civil society and states address the root causes of manifestations of violence. Despite European countries facing similar challenges, there are, however, significant gaps in mutual awareness and interconnectedness across these prevention efforts.

Hosted by Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt), Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) with the support of GAAMAC, this interactive online workshop will aim to bring together relevant stakeholders, including state and civil society actors engaged in prevention at local, national and European levels. How can we connect and collaborate better with one another? What can we learn from peacebuilding efforts elsewhere? Together we will identify the gaps and synergies that need to be addressed to strengthen Europe’s peacebuilding architecture and prevention agenda.


Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director, Head of Research and Policy at Protection Approaches

Tanja Florath, Policy officer at the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

The session will be moderated by Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of atrocities at the Swiss Federal Department Foreign Affairs (FDFA). 

27 April 2021, 16:00-17:30

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