“Each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”
2005 World Summit Outcome document
Today the international community can build upon a wide range of treaties and standards to address the root causes of atrocities and to prevent their recurrence, such as the Geneva Conventions and the core international human rights instruments, the Convention to Prevent Genocide, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect, the Protection of Civilians agenda, the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and the Principles Against Impunity which have set new standards to build a more inclusive and legitimate multilateral system to tackle atrocities.
Unfortunately, there is a gap between the development of these norms and standards and their implementation. To this day, a minority of States are equipped with adequate and permanent mechanisms to prevent atrocities.
GAAMAC believes that no country is immune to atrocities, therefore each State is equally responsible to act to prevent atrocities not just at the national level, but also regionally and internationally.
What does GAAMAC do?
GAAMAC supports States wishing to implement or improve their national prevention mechanisms and policies.
Through its Regional Initiatives and Working Groups, it facilitates peer-to-peer dialogue and the cross-fertilization of good practices. It also gives a platform for civil society organizations and academia to lean in and consolidate national prevention efforts.
Any state, non-government organization and academic institution involved in atrocity prevention is eligible to become a partner.
How GAAMAC works