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May 2017

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    2017 and 2018 AIPR-KSC Global Fellows Announced

    Beginning in the autumn of 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) and Keene State College (KSC) will offer a new joint Global Fellowship initiative which will welcome scholars and practitioners who have attended and participated in AIPR’s programming to the KSC campus for a fully funded semester-long fellowship. Global Fellows, who will reside at KSC for the duration of the fellowship, will immerse themselves in life at …

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    Day of Remembrance for the Cambodian Genocide

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks May 20, 2017 as the annual Day of Remembrance for the Cambodian Genocide. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge regime carried out numerous atrocities including mass executions, displacement, forced labor, and exposure to starvation and disease between 1975 and 1979. The atrocities committed by the regime left approximately 1.7 million individuals dead or more than 20% of …

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    9th BMW Global Table in Bogotá

    On May 4-7, 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation partnered with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt to convene the 9th BMW Foundation Global Table in Bogotá, Colombia. The event, titled “Responsibility, Trust and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies,” brought participants together in order to work towards better identifying and analyzing factors that are critical to the success of peacebuilding efforts in societies that have emerged from a period of strife.

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    AIPR co-organizes Global Parliamentarians meeting in The Hague

    On April 13-14, 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the Stanley Foundation, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P), the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), and the Hague Institute for Global Justice (THI) co-organized a two-day event entitled “Global parliamentarians: The role of the legislative branch in building national mechanisms for atrocity prevention.” The meeting brought together more than 25 current …

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    Launch of the 2016 Annual Report of the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network

    On the evening of Tuesday, April 25, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, in its role as Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, held a launch event for the 2016 Annual Report of the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network at the Consulate General of Colombia in New York City. The event welcomed representatives of several member countries of the …

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    Inaugural National Seminar for Law Enforcement on Civil and Human Rights Protection

    On Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held the inaugural National Seminar for Law Enforcement on Civil and Human Rights Protection in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, co-organized by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, welcomed 20 police officers from departments across the eastern U.S. to the National Center for a two-day …

April 2017

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    102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

    Today, April 24, 2017, represents the observance of the one hundred and second anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was comprised of a multitude of atrocities carried out by the Ottoman Empire. Conducted with the ultimate goal of exterminating the Armenian population, the horrific event is considered by many to be one of the first “modern genocides.” Beginning to reach its peak in 1915, the genocide continued throughout the …

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    James Waller wins 2017 IAGS Engaged Scholarship Prize

    Dr. James Waller, Director of Academic Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, has recently been awarded the 2017 Engaged Scholarship Prize from the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)!

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    Andrea Gualde delivers keynote address at Clark University conference

    Ms. Andrea Gualde, Senior Adviser for Latin American Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, delivered the keynote address at a recent academic conference hosted by Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event, entitled “Emerging Expertise: Holding Accountability Accountable,” was held on April 6-9 and explored the concept of accountability as a theoretical concept, methodological concern, moral principle, legal …

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    International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

    The International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, observed on April 7, 2017 marks the twenty-third anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, which began on the same date in 1994. The atrocity, characterized by the systematic murder of over 800,000 Rwandans – the vast majority of which belonged to the Tutsi community – ignited following the assassination of the sitting President, Juvénal Habyarimana. The violence would continue for …

March 2017

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    Dr. Ramírez Barat holds meetings on AIPR’s Educational Project in El Salvador

    Dr. Clara Ramírez Barat, Director of AIPR’s Educational Policies Program, travelled to El Salvador to conduct follow-up consultation meetings related to the activities of the Educación, Derechos Humanos y Prevención (Education, Human Rights and Prevention) Project on March 15-16, 2017. The project, which began with an initial consultation in July of 2016 in San Salvador, is being carried by the Auschwitz Institute in collaboration with the Salvadoran Procuraduria para …

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    US NGO Support Program held in St. Paul

    On March 23-24 of 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a pilot version of a new initiative to provide support to NGOs working on behalf of the Muslim, Latino/a, Native American, African American, LGBTIQ+, immigrant, and other marginalized communities in the United States. The event, organized in collaboration with the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights and hosted by Metropolitan University in St. …

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    New FIO Publication Presented in Bogota

    AIPR recently participated in an event entitled “Mujeres Entretejiendo Territorios de Paz” (Women Weaving Peace Territories), organized by The Office of the Ombudsman of Colombia, along with UN Women, Javeriana University, the Embassy of Sweden to Colombia and the Iberoamerican Federation of the Ombudsman (FIO) in Bogota, Colombia on March 8 and 9, 2017. In the context of International Women’s Day, the activity sought to explore the role that …

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    Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) commemorates March 24 as Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice (Día de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia). This day, an annual public holiday throughout Argentina, serves as an official remembrance of the period of state-sponsored terror that occurred during the military dictatorship between the years 1976 and 1983.

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    John Haworth joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce that Mr. John Haworth, longtime Senior Executive for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York City, has joined its International Advisory Board. As the Senior Executive of the George Gustav Heye Center, NMAI’s location in lower Manhattan, Mr. Haworth oversaw the opening of Infinity of Nations, an exhibit housing one of the world’s largest collections …

February 2017

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    AIPR Facilitates KNC Planning Meeting in Naivasha

    Facilitated by AIPR’s Africa Programs, the Kenyan National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination (KNC) held a Strategic Planning Meeting on February 23-24, 2017 in Naivasha, Kenya. KNC members, including representatives of the security sector, political sector, Uwiano Peace Platform for Peace, and civil society attended the Strategic Planning Meeting.

January 2017

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    In Memoriam: Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross

    It is with great sadness that the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) announces the loss of our beloved Advisory Board Member, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross. For many years Dr. Ross served as an inspiring and deeply committed advisor to the work of AIPR, particularly through her support of the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminars, of our Africa Programs, of numerous events held in the New York City area, and, …

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    International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks January 27, 2017 as the 12th International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The annual observance was created in 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the historical anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp. The theme for this year’s International Day of Commemoration is “educating for a better future.” In line …

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    Per Bergling joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) has the honor of announcing that Dr. Per Bergling, Professor of Law at Umeå University, has joined its International Advisory Board. In addition to his career in academia, Dr. Bergling has far-reaching experience as a practitioner in the fields of international law and foreign policy, having served as Senior Advisor at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Principal Legal Advisor at the Folke Bernadotte …

December 2016

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    Andrea Gualde speaks at AMIA in Buenos Aires

    On December 15, 2016, Ms. Andrea Gualde, Senior Latin American Program Adviser of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), spoke on behalf of the organization at an event held by the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) commemorating Jewish citizens who had been forcibly disappeared during the country’s military dictatorship. Current estimates for the period of 1976 until 1983 place the number of Jewish youth in Argentina who …

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    AIPR co-organizes regional training seminar on early warning and response in Kenya

    In collaboration with Kenya’s Office of the Great Lakes Region within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) organized a regional training seminar entitled “Early Warning and Early Response for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office. The weeklong seminar beginning on December 14 in Naivasha, Kenya involved the participation of more than …

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    Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce that Professor Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum has joined its International Advisory Board. As the Telford Taylor Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she manages the School’s Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic.  Professor Getgen Kestenbaum has previous worked as Program Director at the Virtue Foundation, a non-profit implementing rights-based sustainable …

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    AIPR co-organizes regional training seminar with Tanzanian National Committee

    On December 7-9, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a regional training seminar in conjunction with the Tanzanian National Committee for the Prevention of Genocide (TNCPG). The three-day seminar in Dar es Salaam, entitled “Deepening the Institutionalization, Networking and Capacity Building of National Committees for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention”, brought together approximately 35 participants from the Great Lakes region of Africa. In addition to Tanzania, …

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    Donald Steinberg joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is honored to announce that Donald Steinberg has joined its International Advisory Board. Amb. Steinberg, who currently serves as President and CEO of World Learning – an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries – has more than 35 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations, and expertise in international relations and development. Amb. Steinberg …

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    AIPR marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks the date of December 9, 2016 as the second official International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The annual International Day was established through Resolution 69/323, which was produced during the Sixty Ninth Session of the UN General Assembly, to coincide with the anniversary of the body’s adoption …

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    Dr. James Waller discusses release of Confronting Evil at Cardozo Law

    On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) co-sponsored an event marking the publication of Dr. James Waller’s latest book, Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide, alongside the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, New York University’s Liberal Studies and its law school’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, as well as the evening’s host, Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo …

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    Josh Halloway joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce the decision of Mr. Josh Halloway to join its International Advisory Board. As a writer based in Los Angeles, Mr. Halloway recently won a WGA Award from the Writer’s Guild of America and has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his contributions to the Jimmy Kimmel Show, where he currently works. AIPR is excited to …

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    VII Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network held in Quito

    On November 28 and 29, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the Office of the Ombudsman of Ecuador, the Stanley Foundation, and the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), co-organized the VII Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in Quito, Ecuador.

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    AIPR convenes meeting on education project in Brazil

    In collaboration with the Brazilian Special Secretary for Human Rights and the Ombudsman Office of Brazil, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) organized a consultation meeting on November 30, 2016, in Brasília, Brazil on the project entitled “Education for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities”, which is being carried out under the banner of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Representing AIPR, Dr. Clara …

November 2016

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    AIPR welcomes Ilene H. Lang to its International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is honored to announce that Ms. Ilene H. Lang, pioneering female executive in the field of technology and former President and CEO of Catalyst, has joined its International Advisory Board. In addition to having led numerous successfully organizations, Ms. Lang has served as a board member, coach, and investor in women-led technology companies. She was also recently  a member of the National …

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    AIPR holds 2016 Global Lemkin Seminar

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) successfully held the latest edition of the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for the Prevention of Genocide between Sunday, November 6 and Sunday, November 13 in Oświęcim and Krakow, Poland. This year, AIPR was honored to welcome 24 participants from countries around the world including Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Peru, Slovenia, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, …

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    Dr. Ramírez-Barat participates in regional consultation on transitional justice

    On November 9-10, 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, organized an event to facilitate a regional consultation on transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific region, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Director of the Educational Policies Program of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), Dr. Clara Ramírez-Barat, was invited to participate in the program …

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    AIPR marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) observes Friday, November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Designated by the UN General Assembly in 1999, this International Day serves as an opportunity for governments, international organizations and NGOs around the world to participate in public awareness raising initiatives.

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    Dr. Jennifer Welsh joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) has the distinct honor of welcoming Dr. Jennifer Welsh to its International Advisory Board. The former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Welsh currently serves as Professor and Chair of International Relations at the European University Institute in Florence and is a Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Prior to this, she taught as a Professor of International …

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    AIPR co-organizes International Workshop on Historical Dialogues and Mass Atrocity Prevention

    On October 20-22, 2016, AIPR and Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) held an International Workshop on Historical Dialogues and Mass Atrocity Prevention with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The Workshop invited 21 academics and expert practitioners from around the world to present their work and participate in discussions oriented around the intersection of the two titular fields: historical dialogues …

October 2016

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    AIPR co-organizes Latin American Parliamentarian Dialogue in Cartagena

    On October 3 and 4, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) co-organized the First Dialogue for Latin American Parliamentarians, “Strengthening Strategies for Prevention”, alongside the Stanley Foundation, in Cartagena, Colombia. The activity, which involved the participation of the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, was conceived as an opportunity for reflection and the exchange of experiences and proposals on how to …

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    Dr. Waller launches newest book Confronting Evil at Columbia University

    On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Dr. James Waller, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’s Director of Academic Programs and Cohen Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, gave remarks and answered questions at an event marking the launch of his latest book: Confronting Evil: Engaging our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide.

September 2016

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    Owen Pell elected President of AIPR’s Board of Directors

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce that Owen Pell has been selected as President of our Board of Directors. Following the recent passing of AIPR’s beloved Founder and original Board President, Mr. Fred Schwartz, the Board of Directors moved unanimously to appoint Mr. Pell to the position.

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    AIPR participates in CIM’s 7th International Peace Week

    From September 16 to September 21 of 2016, the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted its 7th International Peace Week. The Peace Week event, which was supported by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, brought international scholars and activists from the fields of human rights and peacebuilding to Sanski Most to join Bosnian youth for several days of work and instruction on the …

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    AIPR participates in seminar on sites of memory and reparations in Quito

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) participated in an international seminar entitled “The Importance of the Creation of Spaces of Memory within the Process of Intangible Reparations,” which was organized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture and Patrimony and the Office of the Ombudsman of Ecuador from September 19-21 in Quito. This new initiative comes as a part of the efforts being undertaken by Ecuador with the objective of strengthening …

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    AIPR co-hosts high-level Roundtable Discussion on Universal Jurisdiction

    On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) co-hosted an interactive roundtable discussion at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York alongside the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN and the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR). The event, entitled “Universal Jurisdiction: From Nuremberg to Our Days,” featured a panel made up of high-level experts who have participated in three of …

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    AIPR organizes course on prevention with the Universidad Externado de Colombia

    The Latin American Program of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation launched the first training initiative on the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities developed jointly with a university in the region. Organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Finances, Government, and International Relations of the Universidad Externado de Colombia, the Course on Early Warning Mechanisms and Public Policy for the Prevention of Mass Atrocities was conducted between …

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    AIPR marks the UN Day for South-South Cooperation

    South-South cooperation continues to feature as one of the international community’s primary priorities for inclusive development. Highlighting global action that puts the economic, social, and political equality of developing countries at the forefront, South-South cooperation emphasizes solidarity and mutual benefit through collaborative initiatives. As such, AIPR marks the date of September 12 as the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, recognizing the critical role played by developing countries on the …

August 2016

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    AIPR observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30, 2016. The International Day was established through the approval of Resolution 65/209 by the UN General Assembly and was first observed on this day in 2011.

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    Fred Schwartz (1931-2016)

    It is with great sadness that AIPR announces the loss of our beloved Founder and Board President, Fred Schwartz. A pioneering force, Mr. Schwartz founded the Auschwitz Institute in 2006 and served as President of its Board of Directors until his death.

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    AIPR marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) observes August 9, 2016 as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The annual observance was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 through Resolution 49/214. The International Day serves to commemorate the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, which took place in 1982. The theme of this year’s observance is “Indigenous Peoples and Education,” …

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    AIPR co-organizes Lemkin Seminar and Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network in Montevideo

    Alongside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, the Stanley Foundation, and the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) co-organized the VI Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention on July 25, 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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    Andrea Gualde participates in 6th BMW Foundation Global Table

    On June 23–26, 2016, the 6th BMW Foundation Global Table was organized by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, in partnership with The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The BMW Foundation Global Table program brings together decision-makers from across Europe and the emerging powers to hold strategic dialogues that raise awareness of the importance of shared leadership. The initiative works to examine and develop new perspectives on contemporary global challenges through dialogue that exists …

July 2016

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    AIPR co-organizes meeting on new education project in El Salvador

    On July 12 and 13, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), in collaboration with the Ombudsman’s Office of El Salvador (PDDH), organized the first meeting regarding a project entitled “Education, Human Rights, and Prevention” in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. This project, the first to be developed under the banner of AIPR’s new Educational Policies Program, has the objective of designing a pair of educational projects with a preventive dimension in two member countries of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

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    AIPR marks Day of International Criminal Justice

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) commemorates Sunday, July 17, 2016 as the Day of International Criminal Justice, marking the 18th anniversary of the international community’s adoption of the Rome Statute. The commemorative date was established by the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 2010 Review Conference on the Rome Statute, held in Kampala, Uganda.

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    AIPR observes 21st Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks July 11, 2016 as the twenty-first anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide. The genocidal event, which began on July 11, 1995, saw over 8,000 Bosniaks lose their lives in what would become the worst mass killing in Europe since the end of World War II. The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has described the event as one that …

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    2016 Raphael Lemkin Seminar Alumni Meeting held in Venice, Italy

    From June 22-25, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held the 2016 Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention Alumni Meeting in Venice, Italy. Building on AIPR’s academic approach, which utilizes the power of place, the meeting was planned to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the city’s Jewish Ghetto.

June 2016

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    Keene State College holds Summer Institute for Genocide Studies and Prevention

    From June 6-9, 2016, the Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (KSC) hosted the first in a series of biennial Summer Institutes for Genocide Studies and Prevention. Under the direction of Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State and Director of Academic Programs for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the Summer Institute hosts university-level professors, post-doctoral …

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    AIPR signs Memorandum of Understanding with East African Community

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Prevention of Genocide and other Mass Atrocities with the East African Community (EAC) on May 23, 2016.

May 2016

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    AIPR welcomes Emily Simoness to International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is honored to welcome Ms. Emily Simoness as the newest member of its International Advisory Board. Ms. Simoness is the Founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a non-profit artists residency program held on an organic farm in Brewster, New York. Outside of SPACE, Ms. Simoness has acted at several of the nation’s premier theatrical venues as well as developed …

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    AIPR marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

    On May 29, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. With the first official mission beginning on this day in 1948, the United Nations asserts that its continued peacekeeping efforts have functioned as a “legitimate, reliable and effective tool in facilitating the transition from conflict to peace.“ At present moment, the United Nations maintains 16 peacekeeping efforts on four continents. …

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    AIPR applauds Executive Order on Atrocity Prevention and Response

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) welcomes and applauds the recent Executive Order made by US President Barack Obama on May 18, 2016 entitled “A Comprehensive Approach to Atrocity Prevention and Response.” The Executive Order represents a significant step towards the institutionalization of the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) and its integration into the federal government of the United States. It also reiterates the President’s declaration that “preventing …

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    AIPR observes Day of Remembrance for the Cambodian Genocide

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks the annual Day of Remembrance for the Cambodian Genocide on May 20, the date on which the atrocity began over 40 years ago. In one of the most fatal genocides of the 20th century, approximately 1.7 million individuals, over 20% of the Cambodian population, lost their lives to the brutality that took place between 1975 and 1979. Under the leadership of …

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    Dr. Waller delivers Yom HaShoah Address at The Taft School

    On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Dr. James Waller, Director of Academic Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), delivered an address to 600 students at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut as the Yom HaShoah Morning Meeting Speaker. Following his talk, Dr. Waller held a Q&A session with students and visited with classes throughout the day.

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    Liz Stern joins AIPR’s International Advisory Board

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is proud to announce that Ms. Liz Stern has joined its International Advisory Board. Ms. Stern is the founder of Global Giving Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm. A former investment banker, Ms. Stern has a robust background that includes work in public health, education, and humanitarianism on the global stage. As a member of the International Advisory Board, Ms. Stern will serve …

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    AIPR launches 2016 Edition of Booklet on National Mechanisms

    On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a launch event for the 2016 edition of its Booklet on National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes at White & Case LLP in New York. The second entry in the annual series, this year’s publication is titled “Durable Solutions to Challenges in Effective Prevention”.

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    AIPR co-organizes Training Seminar for Armed and Security Forces in Mexico

    Within the framework of training activities on prevention held regularly by Mexico, a seminar entitled “Tools for the Education of Armed and Security Forces with a Focus on Prevention” was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Mexico City. Organized by the Mexican Intersecretarial Commission for International Humanitarian Law (CIDIH Mexico) and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Special …

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    Dr. Ramírez Barat participates in UNDP panel on Victim Participation in Transitional Justice

    On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Director of the Education Policies Program of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), Dr. Clara Ramírez Barat, participated in a panel discussion held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.

April 2016

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    AIPR participates in Joint Service Academy Symposium on Prevention

    On Saturday, April 23, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’s Coordinator of the Office of the Executive Director and New York Liaison for Africa Programs, Jack Mayerhofer, participated in the Joint Service Academy Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium in Washington, DC. Organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point, and the Never Again Initiative at the United States …

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    AIPR’s Dr. James Waller delivers lecture to intelligence community representatives in Washington, DC

    On Friday, April 22, the Director of Academic Programming at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), Dr. James Waller, delivered a lecture entitled “Becoming Evil – How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing” to an audience comprised of members from the US intelligence community at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, DC.

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    Dr. James Waller speaks at Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium

    Dr. James Waller, Director of Academic Programs for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), delivered a keynote address at the 2016 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Symposium, which began in 2009, is an annual event co-sponsored by the host, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) as well as the Command and General Staff College Foundation.

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    AIPR commemorates the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

    2016 marks the one hundred and first anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Beginning on April 24, 1915 and continuing through the duration of the First World War, the horrific event began with the mass imprisonment of Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) by the Ottoman regime. Over the next several years, the Armenian population living within the Ottoman Empire was subjected to numerous atrocities, carried out …

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    AIPR and IPPDH launch virtual meeting space for the Latin American Network

    As part of a joint initiative between the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) and the MERCOSUR Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH), through its International School of Public Policies on Human Rights, a new tool for communication and interaction between alumni of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention has been launched.

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    AIPR observes the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

    April 7, 2016 marks the twenty-second anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 23, 2004 (A/RES/58/234), the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda takes places each year on April 7, the date on which the systematic killing of Tutsi, moderate Hutu, and other Rwandan citizens commenced after the assassination of President Juvénal Habyarimana in 1994.

March 2016

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    AIPR participates in Atrocity Prevention and Development Workshop in Kampala

    On March 22 and 23, 2016, the Director of AIPR’s Africa Programs, Dr. Ashad Sentongo, participated in a workshop in Kampala, Uganda entitled, “The Role of Atrocity Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect in Development Cooperation”.

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    AIPR marks Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) recognizes March 24 as Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice (Día de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia). This day, a public holiday in Argentina, commemorates the period of state terror which took place during the military dictatorship in power from 1976 until 1983.

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    AIPR Conducts Training Seminar in Dar es Salaam

    On March 15-17, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), in partnership with the Tanzanian National Committee for the Prevention of Genocide (TNC) and with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, carried out a training seminar for genocide and mass atrocity prevention in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The training, which is the third in a series of programs planned with the TNC, was titled, “Mass …

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    AIPR launches Annual Report of the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network

    On the evening of March 8, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a launch event for the 2015 Annual Report of the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network (available in both English and Spanish) at the offices of White&Case LLP in New York City.

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    AIPR launches new Training Resource Manual for Prevention

    On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) launched the Training Resource Manual for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (also available in French) at the offices of White & Case LLP. Designed to provide guidance and insight into the nature and practice of prevention, the Training Resource Manual for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in the Great …

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    AIPR co-organizes educator workshops in New York

    On Thursday, March 3 and on Friday, March 4, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a two-part workshop event for Middle School and High School educators in the New York area. The workshop, carried out in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, Facing History and Ourselves, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, focused on the themes of identity, membership and the making …

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    Third cycle of Lemkin Seminar for the Latin American Network begins in Poland

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), together with the Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), and the Stanley Foundation, along with the support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), began the third cycle of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. The weeklong training took place February 14-21, 2016, in Poland.

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    AIPR staff and Lemkin alumni attend GAAMAC II Meeting in Manila

    On February 2-4, 2016, staff from the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and alumni of its Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention attended the Second International Meeting of Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC). The event, entitled “Preventing Atrocities by Strengthening National Atrocity Prevention Architecture”, took place in Manila, Philippines.

February 2016

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    Genocide Prevention Act introduced in US Senate

    Ben Cardin, Democratic Senator from Maryland and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, alongside his colleague Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, has officially introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016 to the floor of the United States Senate.

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    AIPR co-hosts panel event at New York City Bar

    On Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation co-hosted a panel discussion event with the New York City Bar Association. Gathering at the Bar Association’s historic headquarters in midtown Manhattan, the four-person panel discussed topics related to National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide, state bodies that include representatives from different areas of government relevant to the prevention of mass atrocities.

January 2016

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    AIPR commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) marks January 27, 2016 as the 11th annual International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. During its 42nd Plenary Session in 2005, the UN General Assembly established this date, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp, as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

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    AIPR to participate in GAAMAC II International Meeting in Manila

    On February 2-4, 2016, representatives of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation will attend and participate in GAAMAC’s Second International Meeting (GAAMAC II). Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) is an inclusive, state-led network created in 2013 by states and NGOs joining together to engage in atrocity prevention and provides a platform for exchange, dialogue, and the dissemination of learning and best practices in prevention.

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    AIPR holds training seminar in Kampala

    On December 14-16, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a training seminar in Kampala, Uganda entitled “Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in East and Southern Africa Today: National Committees for Genocide Prevention Learning from Past Experiences, Facing New Challenges”. The seminar was carried out with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and involved the participation of thirty individuals from regional governments, National Committees for Genocide …

December 2015

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    AIPR observes International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) joins the United Nations, governments, and many other organizations around the world, in observing December 9, 2015 as the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that the International Day of Commemoration and …

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    AIPR Co-organizes Activities in Brasilia

    During the week of November 30 to December 4, 2015, AIPR helped to carry out two activities of great importance in Brasilia, Brazil. The First International Seminar on the Prevention of Genocide and other Grave Violations of Human Rights began the week, organized by the Federal Attorney for Citizen’s Rights of the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Federal Public Ministry and by the Secretariat of Human Rights with …

November 2015

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    2015 Global Lemkin Seminar Takes Place in Poland

    On November 8 through November 14, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held the ninth Global Edition of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. This year, we welcomed 24 participants from the following countries: Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, the Philippines, Morocco, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Slovenia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Argentina, Brazil and the Netherlands. 11 instructors and …

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    AIPR Observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation commemorates the date of Wednesday, November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The theme of this year’s observance is: Prevention. Preventing violence against women remains a crucial priority within the broader genocide and mass atrocity prevention agenda. Such violence not only adversely affects the victims’ health, but also diminishes their ability to participate and hold prominent positions …

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    AIPR Participates in Regional Conference in Ethiopia

    On November 19-20, Dr. Ashad Sentongo, AIPR’s Director for Africa Programs, participated in a regional conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event, titled “Peace in the Horn of Africa: Can Federalism Help?”, was hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in collaboration with the Center for Federal Studies at Addis Ababa University. Academics, practitioners, and relevant stakeholders were invited to share experiences and views on how federalism can improve internal …

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    Owen Pell Presents Work of Latin American Network to IHRA

    Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation Board Member Owen Pell traveled to Hungary to present the work of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) and the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (the Latin American Network) to delegates at the annual plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on November 4, 2015. The IHRA, with 31 member states and 10 observer states …

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    AIPR Launches New Publications Series

    On November 19, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation held a celebratory launch event in New York for the first publication under its new banner: the Sheri P. Rosenberg Policy Papers in Prevention (PPP). The series’ debut launch is entitled “Reparations for Crimes Against Humanity as Public Policy – Argentina’s Relationship with the Past: From the Individual to the Collective as a Tool for Prevention,” and was …

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    AIPR Holds Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention Book Launch Event

    On November 17, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law hosted a launch event for the release of Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, an edited volume on the field of atrocity prevention. Hosted by Cardozo Law, the event featured a panel of the book’s contributors and significant involvement from the audience, which included many prominent actors in the field.

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    AIPR Operates Seminar-Workshop in Uruguay

    Within the framework of the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay (Focal Point of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention) and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation carried out a Seminar-Workshop on “Tools for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities as grave violations of Human Rights” on November 5 and 6 in Montevideo. The activity was made possible through collaboration …

October 2015

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    Special Adviser Dieng Sends Congratulatory Letter to Latin American Network

    The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, recently wrote to the Focal Points of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (the Network) to congratulate them on the Network’s Declaration, which was adopted at the IV Focal Points Meeting in Santiago, Chile. The Declaration represents a further step towards the consolidation and formalization of the objectives and areas of work …

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    AIPR Participates in High-Level Policy Dialogue on Non-Recurrence in Stockholm

    On October 14 and 15, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), in its role as Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, participated in an event entitled “High-Level Policy Dialogue on Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: From Aspiration to Policy – Challenges and Lessons Learned in Preventing Human Rights Violation”. The Dialogue, organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion …

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    AIPR Participates in CRIES Journal Launch Event

    On Monday, October 5, 2015, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) held an event at the UN Church Centre for the launch of a special edition of the academic journal Pensamiento Propio, published by the Argentina-based organization la Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES). The special issue of the publication, entitled “Latin America and the Responsibility to Protect: Divergent Views from the South?” commemorates …

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    White and Case Commended by Financial Times for Collaboration with AIPR

    International law firm White & Case LLP was recently honored in the 10th anniversary edition of Innovative Lawyers for its collaborative endeavors with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). Produced annually by the Financial Times, the Innovative Lawyers publication serves as a special report that highlights firms and individuals working to change and improve law or how it is practiced. An electronic version of the publication is …

September 2015

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    AIPR Conducts Training at FBI Human Rights Forum

    On Thursday, September 24, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation led multiple training modules at the International Human Rights Forum, a series of training and educational seminars with participants from various organizations within the Federal Government of the United States.

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    The Life and Work of Professor Sheri Rosenberg

    Please join us in honoring and remembering the life and work of Professor Sheri Rosenberg – our friend, colleague, and mentor, on October 20 at 6p.m. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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    UN Holds Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect

    On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly held an informal interactive dialogue event centered on the responsibility to protect (R2P). The seventh iteration of the annual event, this year’s dialogue was given the title “A vital and enduring commitment: implementing the responsibility to protect”, which it shares with the recent report by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (A/69/981) on the tenth anniversary of the principle …

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    AIPR Celebrates the United Nations’ Day for South-South Cooperation

    A growing platform in both size and importance for inclusive development on the international scene, South-South cooperation continues to play an important role in identifying and refining goals for global development. In 2002, the Office of the UN Secretary-General produced a report entitled Measures to promote and facilitate South-South cooperation, which outlined the progress made since 1978 in the development of South-South initiatives and provides several concrete recommendations for …

August 2015

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    AIPR Observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation marks the occasion of Sunday, August 30, 2015, the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Enabled by a persistent culture of impunity, “enforced” or “involuntary” disappearances continue in countries across the world in clear contravention of international law.

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    AIPR Conducts Training Seminar with Kenyan National Committee

    NAIROBI, KENYA – The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, in collaboration with the Kenyan National Committee for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, conducted a training seminar for members of the Committee in Nairobi, Kenya between July 29 and 31, 2015. The training was dedicated to the memory of Ms. Joan Namazzi Kagezi, who was murdered by unknown assailants on March 30, 2015. She served as Senior State Attorney at the Ministry of Justice of Uganda and was an alumna of AIPR’s Raphael Lemkin Seminar. Ms. Kagezi fought tirelessly against genocide, war crimes, human trafficking, terrorism, and crimes against humanity.

    The opening ceremony of the training featured the participation of was graced by the presence of the Argentine Ambassador, Bibiana Jones, as well as a representative from USAID in Kenya.

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    AIPR Participates in EAC Workshop

    Between August 5 and 7, AIPR’s Director of African Programs, Dr. Ashad Sentongo, participated in a workshop organized by the East African Community (EAC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The list of participants included representatives from religious, academic, political, and humanitarian organizations from Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and other various bodies of civil society.

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    AIPR Celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Established by the passage of Resolution 49/214 at the United Nations General Assembly in December of 1994, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on August 9. This date is a commemoration of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982. On the occasion of last year’s observance, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon …

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    Declaration of the Latin American Network Adopted at IV Focal Points Meeting

    The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is pleased to share the text of the recently adopted Declaration of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

July 2015

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    AIPR Commemorates International Criminal Justice Day

    Friday, July 17, marks the 17th anniversary of the international community’s adoption of the Rome Statute. Since the treaty’s initial acceptance in 1988, 123 states have ratified or acceded to the Statute, which entered into force in July of 2002. The Statute formed the basis for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first international judicial body dedicated to enforcing individual accountability in grave criminal matters. …

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    AIPR Honors the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

    Twenty years have passed since the atrocities committed in July of 1995 in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during which over 8,000 Bosniaks lost their lives in ethnic violence. The massacre, which constitutes the worst mass-killing in Europe since the conclusion of the Second World War, was described by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan as a “grim reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.”

June 2015

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    AIPR Launches Booklet on National Mechanisms for Prevention

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On June 9, 2015, AIPR launched the first edition of our National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes Booklet. Hosted by White & Case, LLP, the event featured remarks by Davide Zaru, Political Officer, UN Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, Owen Pell, Partner, White & Case, LLP, Dr. James Waller, …

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Latin American Lemkin Seminar and Focal Points Meeting

    SANTIAGO, CHILE – From May 25-28, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the Human Rights Directorate of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Stanley Foundation co-organized the Latin American edition of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. The Latin American edition of our Lemkin Seminar is intended for public officials from member countries of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity …

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    AIPR Contributes to Latin America Seminar Series

    SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – On June 8 and 9, 2015, AIPR joined with the Salvadoran Office of the Ombudsman for the Defense of Human Rights to initiate the first workshop-seminar on Tools for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities as Grave Violations of Human Rights in El Salvador. The goals of the workshop included promoting reflection and discussion among national public officials and representatives of civil society regarding the …

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    Sheri Rosenberg’s Legacy: Remembering our Friend, Colleague and Mentor

    Sheri Rosenberg passed away on May 22, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. As a scholar and activist, Sheri dedicated her life to preventing mass atrocities and helping those whose lives were affected by them. Her contributions revolutionized international law and significantly advanced the field of prevention.

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Videoconference on Prevention

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS – On May 11, 2015, AIPR co-organized the second videoconference between the governments of Honduras and Argentina specifically on the topic of prevention. The activity, Tools for the Implementation of a National Plan Against Discrimination with a Focus on Mass Atrocities Prevention, was organized with the Directorate of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina and the Directorate …

May 2015

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    AIPR Honors International Day of UN Peacekeepers

    May 29 marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established on May 29, 1948, the UN has launched 71 peacekeeping operations across the globe. Approximately 125,000 UN peacekeepers serve in 16 active missions today.

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    AIPR Marks Cambodia’s Day of Remembrance

    Cambodia’s Day of Remembrance is celebrated each year on May 20, a date marking the Khmer Rouge’s first wave of mass killings. More than 1.7 million Cambodians—one fourth of the population—died during the regime’s rule from April 17, 1975, to January 6, 1979.

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    AIPR Launches Latin American Network Annual Report

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On Monday, May 4, 2015, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation launched the 2014 Annual Report of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention [ English | Spanish ] at the law offices of White & Case LLP. Founded in March 2012, the Latin American Network is the region’s leading initiative fostering capacity building and policy development in this field. …

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    AIPR Participates in Special Courts for Africa Conference

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – On April 27 and 28, 2015, the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH), in collaboration with UNESCO, held a seminar at Radio Nacional Auditorium titled, “Genocide and War Crimes: Challenges for International Justice in Light of Special Courts for Africa.” Focusing on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTW) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the seminar explored post-conflict experiences …

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    AIPR Board and Staff Honored by Center for Peacebuilding

    SANSKI-MOST, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Three members of the AIPR community are being honored as 2015 Peace Ambassadors by the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) in Bosnia & Herzegovina. They include AIPR Academic Programs Director Dr. James Waller and AIPR Board Members Sheri Rosenberg and Jan Cohen.

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    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 …

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    In Memoriam

    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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    AIPR Co-Organizes US Atrocity Prevention Course

    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 assessment.

April 2015

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Panama Seminar for Prevention

    PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – On March 23 and 24, 2015, AIPR co-organized with the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG) and Panama’s Office of the Ombudsman a national training seminar for officials from the National Police, National Border Service, National Aero-Naval Service, and the Institutional Protection System. The seminar served as an introductory forum to discuss genocide and mass atrocity prevention policies in …

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    AIPR Marks Rwanda’s International Day of Reflection

    April 7 marks the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Twenty-one years ago today, a wave a genocidal killing spread across the country in the hours following the assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. During the 100 days between April 7, 1994 to mid July 1994, up to one million Rwandans were killed—roughly 20 percent of the national population.

March 2015

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    AIPR Launches Sarajevo Seminars for Prevention

    SARAJEVO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – On March 18, 2015, AIPR launched a new initiative to engage communities across Bosnia and Herzegovina—religious, governmental, academic, and civil society—and work with them towards developing a network of organizations that will educate and act in the spirit of genocide and mass atrocity prevention. The Raphael Lemkin Seminars for National Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention included a seminar from March 19 – 20 for …

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    Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice

    March 24th marks Argentina’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice (leer mas en Espanol). This day commemorates the period of state terrorism from 1976 to 1983—a reign of terror wrought with murders, torture and disappearances. Decades later, many still do not know the fate of their loved ones.

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    R2P at 10: AIPR Participates in Global Symposium

    PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Nearly ten years ago at the 2005 World Summit, 191 representatives and leaders of UN Member States met in New York and agreed upon, among other important principles, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) norm. “Each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” reads Paragraph 138 of the 2005 Summit Outcome Document. “This responsibility …

January 2015

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    R2P and the Responsibility to Rebuild: A New York City Panel Discussion

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On January 13, 2015, AIPR and the New York City Bar Association co-organized a panel discussion to address challenges within the existing international legal framework for the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities. The event, “Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Law and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P),” challenged panelists to consider why, nearly a decade after heads of state and government agreed …

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    AIPR Statement on 70th Anniversary of the Liberation Of Auschwitz

    Seventy years ago today Soviet troops entered Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz, liberating the approximately 7000 prisoners that remained in the Nazi concentration and extermination camps. To commemorate this day, in 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, urging member states “to develop educational programmes that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the …

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    AIPR Conducts ICGLR Regional and National Committees Training

    KAMPALA, UGANDA – From January 7 – 9, 2015, AIPR co-organized a convening for International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) regional and national committees devoted to genocide and atrocity crime prevention. The three-day activity gave ICGLR and state representatives a space to share best practices and learn about the latest trends in prevention. Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the Stanley Foundation and the ICGLR Secretariat co-organized this interactive …

December 2014

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Discussion with Parliamentarians on R2P Pillar Two

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On 11 December 2014, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and White & Case LLP co-organized a forum for parliamentarians from governments across the globe to react to and discuss Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s 2014 report, “Fulfilling Our Collective Responsibility: International Assistance and the Responsibility …

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    Latin American 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 …

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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.

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    Lemkin Seminar Leverages Power of Place to Bolster Prevention

    OŚWIĘCIM, POLAND – From November 16 to 23, 2014, AIPR held it’s seventh Global edition of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, welcoming 24 government officials from an array of countries, including Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Brazil, Ecuador, Georgia, Kenya, Lao, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Netherlands, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and the United States. Twelve instructors and seven observers also joined AIPR for the weeklong training in Krakow …

November 2014

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    Prevention at Home: New York Activities

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Sustainable genocide and mass atrocity prevention starts at home—a fact that drives our work within the United States. AIPR’s first U.S. program was the U.S. Military edition of our Raphael Lemkin Seminar. In 2010 and 2011, the Auschwitz Institute brought mid-ranking officers from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Oswiecim, Poland, for one week of education in …

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    AIPR Conducts Global Trainings with Latin American Network

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Regional ownership is an important factor in effective long-term genocide prevention practice and policy. Towards this end, AIPR has been extremely busy in late 2014 supporting localized approaches to prevention for Latin American governments, including fostering interactive trainings and cross-border exchanges of information and advice between member states of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

October 2014

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    AIPR Participates in International Standards for Use of Force Workshop

    LIMA, PERU – From October 28 – 30, 2014, Peru’s National Commission on International Humanitarian Law, the Center of Studies on Justice and Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights held an interactive workshop to promote international standards in the use of the force among judges, prosecutors and security forces.

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Tanzania Training

    DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – As part of the Auschwitz Institute’s mission to strengthen national mechanisms devoted to genocide and mass atrocity prevention, AIPR’s Africa Program recently co-organized a three-day training of Tanzania’s National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination (TNC). This seminar was the second in our series of trainings for the TNC and focused specifically …

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    Rabbi Scott Bolton Joins AIPR

    Rabbi Scott Bolton serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Zarua on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He served as head of school for two private day schools, before moving into a congregational position. His work in Jewish educational circles includes evaluating texts and preparing curricula that seek to celebrate and engender cultural identity while promoting understanding regarding the dignity of difference. “Educating everyone, from government officials to youth—tomorrow’s …

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    AIPR Partners with the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsman

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – As Secretariat of the Latin American Network, AIPR creates strategic institutional linkages to strengthen domestic prevention policies. Towards this end, AIPR is supporting the work of Latin American Ombudsman Offices and has developed a strategic alliance with the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsman (FIO).

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    AIPR Participates in Karski Memory and Responsibility Conference

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – On September 19, 2014, AIPR’s Executive Director Tibi Galis, Director of Policy and Planning Samantha Capicotto, and Board Member Sheri Rosenberg participated in the Jan Karski 2014 International Conference on Memory and Responsibility at Loyola University Chicago.

September 2014

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    Ban Ki-moon and UN Member States Praise Latin American Network

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On September 8, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly held its 6th annual informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) on the theme of the UN Secretary-General’s new report, “Fulfilling Our Collective Responsibility: International Assistance and the Responsibility to Protect.”

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    Paraguayan Chapter of Latin American Network Hosts Dialogue on Prevention

    ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY – On August 27 and 28, 2014, the Paraguayan chapter of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention held an event featuring government officials and civil society representatives that aimed to strengthen their national mechanism for genocide and mass atrocity prevention. Representatives of Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain, plus AIPR Director of Latin American Programs Eugenia Carbone and officials from the UN Office …

August 2014

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    International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

    August 30, 2014, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Enforced or involuntary disappearances continue to occur in regions across the globe at an alarming rate. Each and every disappearance represents a gross violation of both the victim and the victim’s family, who oftentimes never learn the true fate of their loved one. Disappearances violate a range of human rights, including the right to security, dignity, …

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    AIPR Celebrates Recovery of Missing Grandson Number 114

    Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 6, 2014 – Estela de Carlotto, founder of Argentinian human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, announced yesterday that she has recovered her grandson after more than three decades of tireless searching. Ms. Carlotto has spoken at an AIPR alumni meeting, local genocide prevention seminars and at the launching the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. She is a tireless fighter …

July 2014

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    Waller Outlines How Ordinary People Can Commit Genocide

    BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Auschwitz Institute’s Academic Programs Director James Waller delivered a lecture to approximately 40 middle and high school teachers on how ordinary people can become perpetrators of genocide. “To explain behavior is not to excuse the behavior,” said Waller. “To understand is not to forgive.”

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    AIPR Statement on International Criminal Justice Day

    July 17, 2014, marks the 16th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the gravest crimes in the international community. The Court has a mandate to investigate, charge and try people suspected of genocide, war …

June 2014

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    AIPR Co-Launches Bosnia-Herzegovina Lemkin Seminar

    SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – On June 26, 2014, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation co-launched the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for National Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, an initiative to develop a highly trained network of community leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina and equip them with the professional tools and the personal commitment to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs hosted the event at Sarajevo’s …

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Latin American Network Focal Points Meeting and Raphael Lemkin Seminar

    “Learning the lessons of the past means not only remembering what occurred – which is in itself very important – but also applying what we have learnt and putting in place structures and mechanisms that can limit any likelihood of recurrence. That is why it is so important that we are proactive; that we take preventive action before situations deteriorate.” – Adama Dieng, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide

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    AIPR Participates in Global R2P Focal Points Meeting

    GABORONE, BOTSWANA – On June 12 – 13, 2014, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation participated in the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points. The meeting was co-hosted by the governments of Botswana and the Netherlands, in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Representatives from more than 30 governments attended the first R2P Focal Points meeting to be held …

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    Auschwitz Institute Featured in ILSA Quarterly Magazine

May 2014

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    Sentongo Participates in Colloquium on Dialogue for Mass Atrocity Prevention

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – On May 30, 2014, AIPR Director of African Programs Dr. Ashad Sentongo participated in “Difficult Dialogues: Prevention of Mass Atrocities in Practice,” a colloquium exploring ways to facilitate dialogue processes in at-risk situations to prevent mass atrocities. Sentongo’s presentation, “Challenges Faced by Dialogue Practitioners,” drew from his experiences working with States and civil society in vulnerable regions across Africa.

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    AIPR Statement on International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

    May 29 marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, established by the UN General Assembly in 2002. This day of observance serves two chief purposes: To honor the memory of UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving – more than 3,200, including 106 women and men in 2013; and to salute the more than 111,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions today.

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    AIPR Statement on Cambodian Day of Remembrance

    May 20 marks the annual Day of Remembrance for the Khmer Rouge genocide. From 1975 until 1979, Cambodia experienced one of the worst genocides of the 20th century, during which around 1.7 million people perished through systematic mass murder, starvation, disease, and forced labor – one quarter of the population.

April 2014

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    Waller Delivers Keynote at Rwandan Genocide Commemoration

    NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – On April 26, 2014, AIPR Academic Programs Coordinator Dr. James Waller delivered the keynote commemoration at a remembrance ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. His address, “Towards Remembrance, Unification, and Renewal,” outlined the challenges posed by these three issues both for Rwanda and the world. More than 200 people attended the ceremony at Notre Dame University’s McKenna Hall.

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Mexico Seminar on Mass Atrocity Prevention

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Close to one hundred government officials, academics and representatives from civil society organizations attended an AIPR co-organized seminar on the international mechanisms for the prevention of mass atrocities. The training took place from April 23 – 24, 2014, at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance.

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    AIPR’s Eugenia Carbone Participates in Carabineros Conference

    SANTIAGO, CHILE – On April 8, 2014, AIPR’s Director for Latin America Eugenia Carbone participated in the Prevention of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Conference, a one-day event organized by theCarabineros de Chile, the uniformed Chilean national police force and gendarmerie.

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    Latin American Network Highlighted in Genocide Prevention Conference Report

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention is a regional mechanism that “immensely” contributes towards the prevention and punishment of atrocity crimes, according the Chair’s conclusions of the International Conference on Genocide Prevention. The Chair’s final report summarized the proceedings of the recent two-day conference, where representatives of 125 states, most represented at ministerial level, plus dozens of relevant regional and international organizations, …

March 2014

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Inaugural Tanzania Seminar on Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

    DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – From March 19 to 21, 2014, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation co-organized a seminar on genocide and mass atrocity prevention for twenty Tanzanian government and civil society leaders. Participants included members of the Tanzania National Committee for the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and all Forms of Discrimination, representatives from grassroots peace committees, and officials from the Center for …

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    Samantha Horn Highlights Latin American Network at Geneva Event

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Samantha Horn, AIPR’s Director of Policy and Planning, presented the history and accomplishments of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention to civil society organizations and representatives of the international community. The event was held to consider and share best practices in the creation and consolidation of mechanisms for prevention and early warning of genocide and mass atrocities, …

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    Galis Offers Advice and Assistance at Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes Meeting

    SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – From March 4 – 6, 2014, AIPR Executive Director Tibi Galis, Director for Latin America Eugenia Carbone, Latin America Program Coordinator Christopher Kousouros, and Associate Stephanie Alvarez attended the first international Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) meeting. GAAMAC is a state-led initiative to prevent mass atrocity crimes, specifically focused on prevention at the national and regional levels. GAAMAC supports states engaged in …

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    AIPR Conducts Costa Rican Training in Genocide Prevention

    SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – On March 3, 2014, a training seminar on tools for genocide and mass atrocity prevention was held for Costa Rican officials with responsibilities in the areas of human rights and international humanitarian law. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and AIPR, in collaboration with the Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide.

February 2014

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    Waller Delivers Keynote at Understanding Atrocities Conference

    CALGARY, CANADA – On February 20, 2014, Dr. James Waller, AIPR Academic Programs Director and Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, delivered a keynote address at “Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing and Teaching Genocide,” a conference hosted by Mount Royal University.

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    Sentongo Outlines Challenges and Solutions to Crisis in South Sudan

    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – On February 12, 2014, AIPR Director for Africa, Dr. Ashad Sentongo, was the featured speaker at a breakfast meeting with Addis Ababa-based political and security policy experts. The event, “Power-Sharing and Ethnic Conflict: Options of State Stability in South Sudan,” was organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Ethiopia to foster an exchange of opinions between experts towards generating concrete and practical policy recommendations to national and international institutions.

November 2013

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    AIPR Founder and President Fred Schwartz Receives 2013 Townsend Harris Medal

    NEW YORK, November 15, 2013 – AIPR Founder and President Fred Schwartz was recently awarded the 2013 Townsend Harris Medal for outstanding postgraduate achievement by the Alumni Association of The City College of New York/CUNY. Previous Townsend Harris Medalists include former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, Astronaut Mario Rancor, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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    AIPR Hosts Uganda Workshop to Assess Mass Atrocity Prevention Needs

    KAMPALA, UGANDA, November 12, 2013 – AIPR Director for Africa, Ashad Sentongo, facilitated a civil society workshop last month to inform development of a training manual for International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) leaders. Once completed, the manual will build capacity of ICGLR officials to formulate policies and implement effective programs for genocide and mass atrocity prevention. Twenty civil society representatives from Uganda’s Kampala, Jinja, and Mbale districts attended …

October 2013

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    AIPR Director for Latin America Eugenia Carbone Highlights Genocide Prevention in Colombia

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, October 29, 2013 – AIPR’s Director for Latin America, Eugenia Carbone, and Fabian Oddone, Chief of Section, Foriegn Policy, Embassy of Argentina in Colombia, participated in the Augusto Ramirez Ocampo Course in International Humanitarian Law at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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    Academic Programs Director Waller Delivers West Point Lecture

    NEW YORK, October 22, 2013 – James Waller, AIPR Academic Programs Director and Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, delivered a lecture on September 26, 2013, titled, “The Psychology of Perpetration,” at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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    Tibi Galis Chairs World Bank Panel on Intersection of Development Policy and Mass Atrocity Prevention

    WASHINGTON DC, October 15, 2013 – Auschwitz Institute Executive Director Tibi Galis moderated a panel discussion last week that explored how development policy can contribute to the prevention of mass atrocities in post-conflict and fragile states. The October 10 event, “Mass Atrocity Prevention as a Development Imperative in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries,” took place at the IMF-WB Civil Society Policy Forum within the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. Panelists …

September 2013

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    “Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention” Authors Meet in NYC

    NEW YORK, September 26, 2013 – A group of scholars and national and international policy practitioners gathered this week for a workshop at Manhattan’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where they discussed their contributions to a forthcoming volume on the prevention of mass atrocities, tentatively titled, “Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention.”

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    Latin American Network Recognized by UN Member States

    NEW YORK, September 12, 2013 – The Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention continues to gain global recognition, most recently at the United Nations.

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    Tibi Galis Delivers Lecture at Diplomatic Academy of Peru

    NEW YORK, September 3, 2013 – On August 19, 2013, AIPR Executive Director Tibi Galis and Latin America Program Director Eugenia Carbone visited the Javier Perez de Cuellar Diplomatic Academy of Peru , an education and training center for Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Galis delivered a lecture on the process of genocide prevention and introduced attendees to the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention .

August 2013

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    Tibi Galis Delivers Keynote Address for Carabiniers of Chile Human Rights Training Program

    NEW YORK, August 21, 2013 – On August 8, 2013, AIPR’s Executive Director Tibi Galis and Latin America Program Director Eugenia Carbone attended the Human Rights, Policing Function and Use of Force training program in Santiago, Chile, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Human Rights Department of the Carabiniers of Chile . Attendees included regional Human Rights Department liaison officers, special unit officials, …

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    Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Highlighted by UN Secretary-General

    NEW YORK, August 9, 2013 – Earlier this month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released The Responsibility to Protect: State Responsibility and Prevention, his fifth Report on R2P since 2009. This Report singles out the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention as an example of a “partnership for prevention.” The Network, co-organized by the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, …

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    AIPR Welcomes Newest Members of Team Supporting Latin American Network for Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention

    NEW YORK, August 6, 2013 – The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’s team supporting the Latin American Network is expanding by taking on board two new colleagues from Argentina: Andrea Gualde and Eugenia Carbone. Mrs. Gualde, a professor at Universidad Di Tella, served as Director General of Legal Affairs within the Ministry of Human Rights in Argentina. Mrs. Gualde will come on the team as the AIPR Senior Adviser for …

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    AIPR Appoints Two Specialists to African Network Directorships

    NEW YORK, August 2, 2013 – The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Laura Collins and Dr. Ashad Sentongo to the directing team of the African Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Ms. Collins has been appointed to the position of Director of Francophone Affairs and European Relations, and Dr. Sentongo will take up the role of Director of African …

July 2013

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    Global Network of National R2P Focal Points Meet in Ghana

    New York, June 18, 2013 – On June 11th and 12th, 2013, AIPR Executive Director Tibi Galis attended the Meeting of the Global Network of National R2P Focal Points, co-organized by the Ghanaian and Danish governments, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra. With a theme of “Preventing Atrocities: Capacity Building, Networks, and Regional Organizations,” the meeting’s program …

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    Experts Meet in Tanzania to Develop Micro and Macro Genocide Prevention Strategies

    NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 – Policymakers from 22 countries gathered May 27 and 28 at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Tanzania, for “Best Practices and New Opportunities in Genocide Prevention: Governmental Action, Technology, and Regional Contexts,” to share with one another their experience and expertise in organizing government and formulating policy to prevent genocide and mass atrocities on the national, regional, and sub-regional levels.

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    USAID Holds Consultation With Civil Society Organizations Regarding Atrocities Prevention Board

    NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 – On May 20th, AIPR’s Dani Mitzner and Lily Samuels attended a civilian consultation held by USAID at the National Press Building in Washington, DC. Approximately 30 civil society organizations attended to hear USAID representatives speak about the initiatives they have undertaken in accordance with their responsibilities to the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB). The speakers from USAID were:

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    Remembering to Look Forward: Auschwitz, Argentina, and Genocide Prevention in 2013

    On this day 68 years ago, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz–Birkenau concentration and extermination camp , created and operated by German Nazis. It is of course a day to remember. To remember the facts. To remember the horror. To remember the people. But it is also a day to remember to look forward. More than 1.3 million children, women, and men lost their lives in the camp, according to the Auschwitz–Birkenau State …

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    Auschwitz Institute Joins World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development

    The Auschwitz Institute has joined the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development , a partnership of over 100 organizations convened by the World Bank Group for the purpose of “generating innovative legal solutions to development challenges.”

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    Interview with Laura Collins and Samantha Horn

    ”Interview with Laura Collins and Samantha Horn”, December 14, 2012. AIPR Lemkin Seminar Program Director Samantha Horn and Program Coordinator Laura Collins discuss AIPR’s regional networks for genocide and mass atrocity prevention at the ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, Germany

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    Genocide Prevention as Peacebuilding: The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

    ”Genocide Prevention as Peacebuilding: The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation”, December 14, 2012. Talk by AIPR Lemkin Seminar Program Director Samantha Horn and Program Coordinator Laura Collins at the ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy , Berlin, Germany

November 2012

October 2012

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    Latin American Network Update

    Latin American Network Update: [bilingual, Spanish/English] 14 of 18 countries establish focal points; work begun on curriculum for Lemkin Seminar Latin America ; national initiatives under way in 9 countries

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    What Does It Mean to Prevent Genocide?

    Nation of Change: “What Does It Mean to Prevent Genocide?” Blog post by AIPR Communications Officer Alex Zucker

September 2012

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February 2012

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    Days of Remembrance 2012

    Dr. James Waller , the Auschwitz Institute’s Affiliated Scholar, has been invited by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to speak at this year’s Days of Remembrance luncheon, on April 19. The theme for 2012 is Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue. Dr. Waller will comment on the involvement of ordinary people in the Holocaust, which is his area of expertise.

January 2012

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    Ban Ki-moon Declares 2012 Year of Prevention

    New York, Jan. 20, 2012 – In a major speech this week on the international community’s efforts to combat mass atrocities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for 2012 to be the Year of Prevention.

December 2011

August 2011

  • Press Release

    Auschwitz Institute Praises Obama Directive on Atrocity Prevention

    New York: The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is delighted by President Barack Obama’sannouncement of a new Atrocities Prevention Board that will prioritize the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes and improve the U.S. government’s mechanism for responding to such crimes.

May 2011

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    Lemkin Prize Laureate Carla Del Ponte Comments on Mladic Arrest

    Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,said last week’s arrest of Ratko Mladic was “very important for international justice” and “a success” for the tribunal she once headed.

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    AIPR Signs Cooperation Agreement With Rutgers–Newark

    May 12, 2011, New York — The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) today signed an agreement establishing a partnership with the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in Newark.

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    AIPR Director Tibi Galis Speaks on Genocide Prevention at UN

    Tibi Galis, executive director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, spoke at the United Nations April 27 in a seminar titled ” Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Mass Atrocities .”

April 2011

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  • Feature

    Violence continues in Ivory Coast

    More than six weeks after presidential elections, violence is ongoing in Ivory Coast . Tibi Galis, executive director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, said, however, he was encouraged that two of the West African presidents sent to try to negotiate an end to the conflict came from countries that have taken part in AIPRís genocide prevention program.

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    U.S. Senate Adopts Historic Bill on Genocide Prevention

    On Dec. 22, 2010, U.S. Senators voted unanimously in favor of a groundbreaking act “recognizing the United States national interest in helping to prevent and mitigate acts of genocide and other mass atrocities against civilians, and supporting and encouraging efforts to develop a whole of government approach to prevent and mitigate such acts.”

October 2010

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    Truth, Memory, Justice, and Recovery Conference

    Conference: Submit papers or register now for ”Truth, Memory, Justice, and Recovery”, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, July 19–22, 2011, in Buenos Aires

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    You cannot learn this anywhere else in the world

    AIPR in the News: “You cannot learn this anywhere else in the world:” A report from the latest Raphael Lemkin Seminar

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    Argentina and Genocide Prevention Today

    New York, Oct. 20 – Since the repeal of amnesty laws in 2003, Argentina has reopened trials against those responsible for murder, torture, rape, abduction, and kidnapping during the country’s 1976–1983 ” Dirty War .”

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    Get your ticket now! Diplomacy and Genocide: Challenges for the Future

    Get your ticket now! Diplomacy and Genocide: Challenges for the Future — February 1, 2010, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Center for Jewish History presents a panel discussion inspired by the legacy of Raphael Lemkin. Cosponsored by AIPR.

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    Foreign Policy: “Never Again?”

    Foreign Policy: ”Never Again? What the Holocaust can’t teach us about modern-day genocide” Andrew Stroehlein of the International Crisis Group writes about AIPR’s latest Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention

November 2009

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  • German Funding

    August 10, 2009, New York – The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) today signed an agreement with the German government allocating German funds to pay for two officials from developing countries to take part in one of the AIPR’s 2009 Raphael Lemkin Seminars for the Prevention of Genocide.

July 2009

June 2009

  • Press Release

    Donate to train officials from Congo-DRC

    June 17, 2009, New York – The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) today launched its first fundraising campaign in its mission to stop genocide before it happens.

    Donors can visit our Web site to contribute: http://www.auschwitzinstitute.org/donate/ .

February 2009

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    AIPR Co-Organizes Raoul Wallenberg Seminar for Advanced Holocaust Education

    The Raoul Wallenberg Seminar for Advanced Holocaust Education brought government officials from ministries of education and culture to the site of the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland, for education and training by the field’s leading scholars and practitioners in Holocaust memorialization and education and their importance to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. AIPR, in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and …