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Happy Holidays from AIPR

We’ve accomplished so much together in 2014. AIPR hosted three Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention: a Global edition in November in Poland, our Latin American edition in Poland in October, and another Latin American edition in Argentina in June. Also in June, we launched a Lemkin Seminar for National Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, an initiative to develop a highly trained network of community leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina attuned to prevention. AIPR also participated in and co-organized an array of activities across the globe, including in Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Hungary, Mexico, Paraguay, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States.

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AIPR Honors 66th Anniversary of Passage of UN Genocide Convention

Sixty-six years ago today—on December 9, 1948—the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide passed unanimously in the UN General Assembly and became the first United Nations human rights treaty. It has since been ratified or acceded to by 146 states.

The convention’s passage marked the culmination of the lifework of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who coined the term genocide from the ancient Greek word genos (race, tribe) and the Latin cide (killing). Lemkin’s efforts ensured that genocide—defined by the convention as any act committed with the intent to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, religious, or racial group—was criminalized under international law.

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Network Focal Points Meet in Panama

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – On December 4, 2014, AIPR, in conjunction with the Stanley Foundation, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG), and the Office of the Ombudsman of Panama, organized the third Focal Points meeting of the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Focal Points are charged with their respective government’s or Ministry’s participation in the Latin American Network. At this meeting, they shared the initiatives they developed in 2014 and discussed proposals for joint actions to be taken in 2015.

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