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As a service to the atrocity prevention community, GAAMAC posts news directly relevant to atrocity prevention. The opinions expressed in the news articles do not represent the views of GAAMAC, its Steering Group or any partner organization.

GAAMAC partner at the University of Oxford publishes report on health security after COVID-19

12 Nov 2021

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The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict is a partner of GAAMAC. As part of its research project on Public Health and National Security after COVID-19, it has published a report entitled “Rethinking Health Security after COVID-19”.

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Policy Brief: The Relationship Between Violations and Abuses of Human Rights and the Commission of Atrocity Crimes

12 Nov 2021

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The Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P), a GAAMAC Steering Group member, has published a briefing paper examining the relationship between mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations and abuses, highlighting that such violations and abuses may precede and significantly...

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UNSA statement on Ethiopia

12 Nov 2021

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On 8 November 2021, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Alice Wairimu Nderitu issued a statement on the situation on Ethiopia. While warning that the risk of widespread and systematic violence was real, she expressed hope that Ethiopians can find shared interests and...

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GAAMAC Africa Working Group Focal Persons Meet with the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

30 Oct 2021

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On October 15 the GAAMAC Africa Working Group Focal Persons, representing the five geographic regions of the African Continent, have met with Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide.

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Only jointly can justice and education successfully prevent atrocities

21 Oct 2021

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Invited by UNESCO to discuss the role of education in the prevention of atrocity crimes, GAAMAC Chair Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi focused on the nexus between justice and  education.

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Rehabilitation of child soldiers: five approaches that work

20 Oct 2021

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Platform for Social Justice engages with former child soldiers in Uganda. Based on its experience, it offers five approaches to facilitate their reintegration and build lasting peace.

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GAAMAC at the Geneva Peace Week 2021

4 Oct 2021

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For the second year in a row, GAAMAC is delighted to take part to the Geneva Peace Week. It will hold a panel on “Addressing the impunity gap and discrimination for resilient societies”.

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Protecting Holocaust facts against denial and distortion

15 Sep 2021

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Two GAAMAC informal partners, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and UNESCO, together with the United Nations and the European Commission, have launched a campaign against Holocaust denial and distortion.

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GAAMAC Chair to receive Inamori Ethics Prize

8 Sep 2021

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The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University will award GAAMAC Chair, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, with the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize. 

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How Virtual Reality is used to promote justice in Iraq

7 Sep 2021

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Virtual Reality is an innovative way of building awareness of mass atrocities and support for survivors, as an immersive exhibition on the Yazidi community demonstrates.

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Switzerland in favour of "coherent and inclusive preventive action to achieve lasting peace"

2 Sep 2021

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Switzerland organised the third retreat of the twelve largest donors to the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) from 31 August to 2 September 2021.

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Championing the voices of youth, women and survivors in Sudan and South Sudan

1 Sep 2021

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Narration can have a powerful impact on fighting prejudice and violence at the grassroots level. Rights for Peace’s projects in Sudan and South Sudan have championed the voices of the young generation, civil society, traditional singers and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence to foster...

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Press release: Representatives of GAAMAC Africa Working Group meet in Abidjan

27 Aug 2021

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On the 1st and 2nd of September, 2021 the six Regional Focal Persons of GAAMAC’s Africa Working Group (G-AWG) will gather in Grand Bassam for a two-day retreat chaired by Justice Jamila Mohammed. Each representing an area of the African continent, they will prepare the ground for GAAMAC IV Global...

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Danish Government Launches Tech for Democracy 2021

24 Aug 2021

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The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the increased international focus on the intersection of tech, democracy and human rights and launches its own intiative to overcome its challenges, Tech for Democracy 2021

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Afghanistan: partner States raise the alarm on the situation of women and girls

19 Aug 2021

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On 18 August 2021, five Steering Group members of GAAMAC (Argentina, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Denmark as part of the European Union) and one partner (The Netherlands, as part of the European Union) co-signed a statement on the situation in Afghanistan. 

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Domesticating atrocity prevention norms in West Africa

9 Aug 2021

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A two-days conference on July 21 & 22 aimed to revive the Responsibility to Protect norm in West Africa, drawing on national experiences, case studies and demonstrated best practices.  

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Using Resolution 1325 in Guatemala today

1 Aug 2021

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UN Resolution 1325 on the role of women in peace and security is relevant to address Guatemala’s contemporary problems, provided its domestic implementation translates into action.  

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Switzerland promotes women's rights at the Human Rights Council

30 Jul 2021

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At the 47th session (21 June – 14 July 2021) of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Switzerland took a firm stance in favour of women’s rights, as well as freedom of expression and private-sector cooperation on human rights. Switzerland is a founding and Steering Group member of GAAMAC. 

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Sant’Egidio hosts negotiations for peace in South Sudan

22 Jul 2021

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Actors from South Sudan, with the help of the Community of Sant’Egidio, committed to future milestones and continued dialogue. 

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Human Rights Council requests consultations on human rights and new technologies

20 Jul 2021

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At the 47th session (21 June – 14 July 2021) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), GAAMAC-Steering Group member Denmark co-led a resolution to further explore the links between human rights, emerging digital technologies and the activities of technology companies. 

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