Past Events

Los Angeles, California

Organized By : USC Shoah Foundation

By the Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California

10 - 11 October

"Singing in the Lion's Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide" is an event sponsored by USC Visions and Voices, and organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music. The event will include two days of programming that highlight the use of music as a tool to resist oppression and spread awareness.

The first day of the program will feature the screenings of two documentaries: the first, Screamers, observes how the rock band "System of a Down" employed their songs and did advocacy work to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and the second, Following the Ninth, examines how people around the world have used Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" to resist dictatorships.

The second day of the event will feature an international academic symposium. Speakers will discuss how music has been used as a tool of resistance during various genocides in the 20th century including the Holocaust, the Armenian and Indonesian genocides. The program will conclude with a concert featuring students from the USC Thornton School of Music performing music that has been used as a vehicle for resistance.

For more information on the conference, check here.

Warsaw, Poland

Organized By : Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

By the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

5-7 October

The last workshop of V4 Prevention - Series of Workshop in the Visegrad Group to Prevent Mass Atrocities will take place in Warsaw, Poland, in dates 5-7 October. To participate in the workshop, please fill out the Participation Form no later than Friday, September 19th, 2015.

V4 Prevention is an initiative of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, organized in collaboration with partners from the Visegrad Group and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and supported by the International Visegrad Fund. The Workshop in Poland is the last event of a four-semester programme consisting of three-day workshops in all Visegrad Group countries. The workshop is open to members of the legislations, representatives of governmental institutions, academia and civil society. This series offers a good opportunity to build a common preventive framework in the region.

Concordia University, Montreal

Seeking Protection in Dangerous Times

Images and stories of Syrian children drowning off of the coast of Turkey, in a desperate attempt to reach Europe, has captured the world’s attention, with demands that the international community and Canada, do more to help refugees. The statistics are staggering. Syrians now make up the largest refugee population in the world, while millions of others remain internally displaced within Syrian’s borders. With no end in sight to the Syrian war, many expect the flows of people trying to enter Europe will only grow. Many governments are struggling to come up with a strategy to alleviate this crisis.

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University), in collaboration avec Amnesty Canada (francophone) and the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid, is hosting a panel discussion on the ongoing global refugee crisis.

Featured speakers
  • Béatrice Vaugrante, Director General, Amnistie internationale Canada francophone
  • François Audet, Professor at the School of Management (ESG) of the Université du Québec à Montréal and the scientific Director of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid (OCCAH)
  • Faisal Alazem, Spokesperson, Syrian Canadian Council
  • Ambassadeur Mokhtar Lamani, former head of the Office of the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for Syria in Damascus
  • Yaman Alqadri, Syrian refugee

This event is open to the public and is free, but registration is strongly recommended. The event will be bilingual.

UN Church Centre

Organized By : International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

Latin America and the Responsibility to Protect: 
Divergent Views from the South?

Ten years have passed since world leaders affirmed their Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing in the 2005 World Summit Outcome document. While tremendous advances have been made at both the conceptual and operational levels, far greater attention and action needs to be dedicated to moving the discussion on RtoP outside of the United Nations to ensure that actors at the national and regional levels are aware of and taking action to protect populations from atrocity crimes.  To contribute towards the advancement of the RtoP debate, CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales), based in Argentina, has released a special issue of their academic journal Pensamiento Propio. This special issue, titled Latin America and the Responsibility to Protect: Divergent Views from the South? features the work of academics and practitioners from the region, providing insight and reflection into the views and contributions on RtoP coming from Latin America and how these can  aid in strengthening mass atrocity prevention mechanisms worldwide.

The Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect invite you to join us for a publication launch event on 5 October from 6:30-8:00pm on the 10th floor of the UN Church Centre. The Event will feature leading experts who will assess the progress, challenges, and way forward for RtoP in Latin America. Speakers include Andrei Serbin Pont, Research Coordinator at CRIES; Patrick Travers, Consultant at the UN Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect; Tibi Galis, Executive Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation; and William Pace; Executive Director of World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy.

We hope you are able to join us and look forward to your response.

Please RSVP to Chelsea Shelton,

Bern, Switzerland

Organized By : Swisspeace

This conference is organized by swisspeace in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in the scope of the “Archives and Dealing with the Past” project.

The conference addresses the topic of the protection, security and access to archives at risk. When archives and records hold sensitive information with regard to accountability, violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, they are often at risk not only for political reasons following armed conflict or situations of transition, but also due to lack of resources, bad archival conditions and natural hazards. 

This project provides support to actors in the field of dealing with the past related to the protection, preservation and management of human rights archives. You are warmly invited to sign up online using this link by Thursday, 17 September 2015. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Fungai Mukuku ( 

For more information, please visit here

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