Recent ICRtoP Regional and Global Events:
Second Workshop on “The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities in the Middle East and North Africa.”
On 29-30 March 2015, the ICRtoP co-hosted an event with ICRtoP Steering Committee Member, the Permanent Peace Movement, and the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide entitled “The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities in the Middle East and North Africa.” Participants, joining us from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Libya, will reflect on the prevention of and response to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in the Middle East and North Africa, and share expertise and experience from their organization. Check back for a press statement on the workshop soon.
ICRtoP Event Announcement: The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes in the Middle East and North Africa
A two-day workshop on The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes in the Middle East and North Africa was held in Amman, Jordan on 18-19 December 2014. The workshop was organized by The United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Permanent Peace Movement. It aimed to increase understanding of the Responsibility to Protect norm and atrocity prevention among civil society organizations in the Middle East and Northern Africa as well as to provide a forum for participants to engage in strategic discussions to identify entry points and actions for the advancement of mass atrocities prevention in the region.
First Middle East & North Africa civil society regional roundtable on RtoP convened by ICRtoP and Permanent Peace Movement : From 17-18 December 2012, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and Coalition member Permanent Peace Movement (PPM), convened a regional workshop for civil society organizations from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This two-day event served to increase awareness and understanding of the RtoP to highlight the relevance of the norm to conflicts in the region and learn from civil society on how RtoP relates to the existing work of their organizations. ICRtoP and PPM published a report from the event, available in Arabic and English. (December 2012)
Advancing Atrocities, Prevention in Southeast Asia
To build upon the strides made over the past ten years since the adoption of RtoP as well as to enhance the role of civil society in advancing the norm, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, together with the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, will convene three civil society workshops in the Southeast Asian region in November and December 2015. The workshops, titled “Advancing Atrocities Prevention in Southeast Asia”, will bring together civil society representatives from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Malaysia in order to: 1) deepen support of and commitment to atrocities prevention in Southeast Asia; and 2) strengthen early warning and response capacities at the domestic and regional levels to prevent and respond to atrocities. Participants will receive training on the UN Framework of Analysis on Atrocity Crimes and work towards the creation of “draft national action plans” for civil society to pursue on atrocity prevention.
The workshops will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-6 November 2015; Jakarta, Indonesia on 9-11 November 2015; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-9 December 2015. The co-sponsors will release detailed reports of outcomes of the workshops.
The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, in partnership with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Stanley Foundation, hosted a conference entitled The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific on the 26-27 of February 2015. ICRtoP facilitated a session during the conference itself, focused on the role of civil society in implementing the Responsibility to Protect. Click here to read a report on the subsequent civil society workshop, co-hosted by the ICRtoP.
Outcome document published from ICRtoP & NGO conference on Early Warning for Protection
ICRtoP developed and implemented the Early Warning for Protection conference in partnership with Oxfam Austrialia, AusAID, the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the University of Queensland from 3-4 November 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The conference focused on the question of how actors can use early warning mechanisms to prevent mass atrocity crimes , and also discussed how the use of new technologies and communications can complement preventive measures. (7 July 2011)
ICRtoP Event: From Non-Interference to Non-Indifference: Reflecting on an Article 4(h) Agenda at the African Union
The Pan African Lawyers Union, the Stanley Foundation, and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), held an event titled “From Non-Interference to Non-Indifference: Reflecting on an Article 4(h) Agenda at the African Union” in January 2014. The event reflected on the implementation of both Article 4(h) and RtoP on the Continent in the protection of civilians from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Read more about the event here.
On 02-03 August, Réseau des Femmes africaines pour le développement et de la communication (FEMNET-Mali), in partnership with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, held a workshop on the Responsibility of protect in Bamako, Mali. (August 2012)Europe:
Genocide Alert Report - How can and should Germany contribute to the operationalization of RtoP?: Genocide Alert, in cooperation with ICRtoP, held a panel discussion to address how Germany has supported the RtoP norm and what it can do to increase its support. (31 May 2012)
ICRtoP Holds Event on The Responsibility to Protect, International Law, and the Case of the Central African Republic
On September 10th, 2014, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the Council on International Affairs of the New York City Bar Association held an event at the New York City Bar Association on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP). Featuring experts from civil society and the United Nations, the event examined the relationship between the Responsibility to Protect and existing international legal doctrine, as well as the practical application of RtoP in conflict situations, such as the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic. Read more about the event here.
On September 8, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly held its 6th annual informal inter- active dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) on the theme of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Report “Fulfilling our Collective Responsibility: International Assistance and the Responsibility to Protect.” In preparation for the dialogue, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Stanley Foundation convened an expert panel to further explore three elements of RtoP’s second pillar, namely the role of human rights mechanisms and actors to encourage and assist states to prevent atrocity crimes; the impact of development assistance in building state capacity to uphold protection obligations; and the impact of temporary international assistance through the use of peacekeeping and stabilization operations to assist states under stress. Read more about the event here.
ICRtoP holds event ahead of GA Dialogue: Civil Society Perspectives: Building State Capacity to Prevent Atrocity Crimes: The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, together with the Stanley Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation held a very successful meeting for over 100 government, civil society, media representatives at the InterContinental Hotel in NY that featured the voices of six civil society organizations from Tanzania, Kenya, Australia/Asia Pacific (Our fellow Steering Committee member Noel Morada participated), Canada (ICRtoP Member, the Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies was represented by Kyle Matthews), Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Our keynote address was delivered by the newly-appointed UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Jennifer Welsh, with an introduction from Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. All of the presentations, along with the Director of the ICRtoP's opening remarks, can be watched here. Read a summary of the event here.
ICRtoP organizes first global conference on RtoP for civil society practitioners: ICRtoP hosted its first global civil society conference on the Responsibility to Protect in Istanbul, Turkey on 20 June 2013. Over 80 civil society organizations participated in the conference to discuss where RtoP stands now and exchange strategies and best-practices for advancing the norm among civil society, policymakers and regional organizations. The conference directly followed a global convening to end mass atrocities and deadly violence against civilians, organized by the Nexus Fund, in which the ICRtoP and over 25 of its member organizations participated. (June 2013)
Workshop on RtoP in New York for UNA Sweden members during study trip: On 10 June, the United Nations Association in Sweden students and members, who were in New York City on a study trip from 9-14 June, participated in a workshop hosted by the ICRtoP on RtoP. The workshop included an introduction to the norm and its scope as well as an overview of the measures available within the RtoP framework and the role of actors at the international, regional, sub-regional, national and local levels. (June 2012)
ICRtoP Secretariat with Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, Global Action to Prevent War, and the Global Governance Initiative release a policy brief, host a workshop and publish an e-book on Operationalizing the Responsibility to Protect: In February 2012, the ICRtoP Secretariat collaborated with other NGOs in the release of a policy brief to inform a workshop on Operationalizing the Responsibility to Protect: Building Trust and Capacities for the Third Pillar Approach. Following the workshop, an e-Book was released, incorporating a collection of papers on the challenges of the third pillar of RtoP. (26 April 2012)
In preparation for the 12 July General Assembly interactive dialogue, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the Stanley Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect hosted a half day panel entitled: Civil Society Perspectives – Reflections on the Role of Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect. The event featured civil society perspectives on how RtoP has been strengthened and implemented by regional organizations as well as reflections on the application of RtoP in country situations such as Libya, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Kenya. Edward Luck, Special Advisor on RtoP opened the event and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, provided the keynote address. (11 July 2011)