Past Events

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations, New York

  “A comprehensive approach to preventing radicalization, violent extremism and atrocity crimes: activating voices from actors in the field”

This event aims to bring together individuals with expertise in preventing radicalization, incitement to violence and violent extremism and to discuss creative and innovative approaches to addressing these challenges. The following questions will guide the discussion:

- What are the key methods and approaches to prevent youth from joining groups that promote violent extremism?

- What are the factors that may explain the success or failure of interventions?

- Which actors can play a decisive role in detecting, deterring and countering violent radicalization?

- How can women in particular prevent or halt a violent radicalization process?

- What are the recommendations from different actors, both and non-governmental in terms of timely interventions?

The event is organized by Belgium, Morocco, and the Office of the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to protect, with the support of the Global Freedom of Expression Program of the University of Columbia. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, H.E. Didier REYNDERS, and the Foreign Minister of Morocco, H.E. Salaheddine MEZOUAR (tbc), will co-chair the meeting.

Before Monday 09.28.2015, 2.00 pm, all guests must register (included delegations from Member States), by mail only:

Washington, DC

Organized By : Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

By the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

They Want Us All to Go Away: Persecution of Burma’s Rohingya Minority

Staff of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide traveled to Burma to investigate the risk of genocide facing the Rohingya, a Muslim minority that has been subject to dehumanization through rampant hate speech, the denial of citizenship, and restrictions on basic freedoms that put the community at grave risk of mass atrocities. The event will feature photos from that trip, which also can be viewed in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda on September 22–25.

Cameron Hudson, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Commissioner Eric Schwartz, Vice Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Wai Wai Nu, Rohingya human rights defender, former political prisoner, co-founder of Justice for Women, founder and director of Women Peace Network Arakan
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Invited)

Yerevan, Armenia

Organized By : International Association of Genocide Scholars

By the International Association of Genocide Scholars

8-12 July

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its 12th Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute.

The conference theme is “Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides." 

2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.

For more information, visit the IAGS site.


Madrid, Spain

Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

By the Governments of Spain and Chile, in parternship with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect 

23-24 June

The Global Network of R2P Focal Points brings together senior officials responsible for facilitating national mechanisms for atrocity prevention and promoting international cooperation on these issues. The meeting is also open to officials from States interested in appointing a national R2P Focal Point. 

This year, which marks the tenth anniversary of the 2005 UN World Summit, offers an opportunity for States to renew the commitment made in the World Summit Outcome Document to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, and take stock of efforts to implement the principle. 

At the meeting State representatives will be invited to engage in a thorough discussion of national experiences and challenges, highlight best practices and develop tools on how to strengthen national and international capacity for the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. The meeting format will be informal and interactive to encourage frank discussion among peers. 

An official invitation, including the draft program for the meeting, will be circulated shortly. The meeting is organized in partnership with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Stanley Foundation. Travel expenses and accommodation can be covered for participants from developing countries. Participants who will require a Schengen visa are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible. 

For more information regarding the conference and to RSVP, contact: Ms. Nadira Khudayberdieva, Global Centre for R2P,, (+1) 212-817-1922.

University of Ottawa

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

By the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

15-17 June 

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocity crimes in cooperation with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre. This program is tailored to mid- to senior-level professionals interested in the prevention and interdiction of mass atrocity crimes.

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