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AIPR Marks Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

This year marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Its first phase began on April 24, 1915, as the Ottoman government arrested and murdered hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople, or modern-day Istanbul. The killing expanded into brutal massacres of the male Armenian population across Ottoman lands and the deportation of Armenian women, children, and the elderly into the Syrian Desert. More than one million Armenians were killed—roughly 70 percent of the total Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire. The wide-scale extermination and subsequent lack of accountability inspired Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin to conceptualize the concept of genocide—a word he coined in 1944—and campaign for its criminalization.

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Honoring Joan Kagezi

On March 30, 2015, Ms. Joan Kagezi, Senior State Attorney at the Ministry of Justice of Uganda and Raphael Lemkin Seminar Alumna, was assassinated in Kampala. In recent months, she had been heading a team at the Ministry handling cases involving accused al-Shabab militants. From these events, it is clear that Joan was killed because of her unyielding dedication to her work in justice and atrocity prevention.

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US Atrocity Prevention Course Launched

Washington DC – From April 8 – 10, 2015, the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and AIPR co-organized the first edition of the US Inter-Agency Course on Atrocity Prevention. The three-day interactive training familiarized participants with the mechanics of atrocity prevention, including US and international institutional prevention frameworks, the identification of early warning signs, and risk atrocity assessment.

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