13 December 2011
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ICRtoP Welcomes 6 new Members and 22 NGO Supporters
I. New Members Join ICRtoP
ICRtoP is pleased to welcome six new organizations as members of the Coalition. Through their advocacy, policy and education initiatives, and research programs these organizations work to enhance and strengthen the Responsibility to Protect, the protection of human rights and the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. We invite you to learn more about ICRtoP’s newest members and their planned RtoP activities by visiting their websites (links provided below). ICRtoP will also feature related RtoP work under Latest from the Coalition on our website: www.responsibilitytoprotect.org.
ICRtoP’s 40 Members work to further RtoP by engaging national, regional and sub-regional and international actors through a variety of sectors including human rights, conflict prevention, peace & security, humanitarian, women’s rights, international justice, and peacebuilding. We encourage you to reach out to them for their expertise, inspiration and partnership on these subjects.
Please visit our Join the Coalition Page for further information on how your organization can join ICRtoP.
1. Aegis Trust UK (London, United Kingdom)
Established in 2000, Aegis Trust UK works to prevent future crimes against humanity and genocide and ensure accountability for past crimes through educational initiatives, research and policy campaigns. The organization runs a preventative program of genocide education in Rwanda called ‘Building Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on the Lessons of Memory.’ This program was created by both Rwandan staff and international advisors in June 2008, and has already reached over 6000 Rwandan young people. Aegis Trust currently campaigns to bring to justice suspected war criminals through its “Wanted for War Crimes” initiative, and identifies gaps in and works to enhance domestic law through its program, “Strengthening UK Law on Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes.”
2. Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (New York, USA)
The Auschwitz Institute, established in June 2005, has programs running out of New York and Poland, and is dedicated to strengthening the tools of policymakers to prevent genocide. AIPR, in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, brings together policymakers, military leaders, and civil society for education and training at the site of Auschwitz in Poland. Upon completing events, participants join 2PREVENT, the Institute’s network for alumni of the lecture series, which allows members to learn from and support one another in their genocide prevention work.
3. Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
CPACS, founded in 1988, aims to facilitate dialogue between individuals, groups, or communities concerned with conditions of positive peace. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as holds seminars and conferences, on the causes of conflict and conditions that affect its resolution. Through its postgraduate programs and research, CPACS considers and explores a variety of issues and concepts related to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, including the Responsibility to Protect. Through its Conflict Resolution Australia program, which conducts training and mediation for governments, education and local community organizations, CPACS aims to provide the tools necessary to peacefully resolve conflict.
4. Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (Nairobi, Kenya)
The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), established in 1959, serves as the only national section of the International Commission of Jurists in Africa, and works to protect human rights nationally and regionally. The organization currently has 300 members, which include lawyers, judges and human rights supporters. In its effort to protect human rights and promote the rule of law and democracy, ICJ-Kenya has established relationships with regional bodies such as the Africa Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, and partnered with the Swedish division of the International Commission of Jurists. ICJ-Kenya also works with civil society organizations throughout Africa, and has launched a regional program in seven East African countries that seeks to raise awareness about international criminal law. ICJ-Kenya was also the organization that succeeded in obtaining a domestic arrest warrant for Sudanese President Bashir in the Kenya High Court.
5. United Nations Association – Spain (Barcelona, Spain)
UNA-Spain was founded in 1962 and became a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations in 1963. The organization conducts advocacy and outreach through various seminars and conferences on topics including conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The Responsibility to Protect has become increasingly important in UNA-Spain’s activities and was featured in the organization’s events throughout 2011. Through the Catalonia Model United Nations program (C’MUN), UNA-Spain seeks to educate young people on issues addressed in the United Nations, including RtoP and how it applies to ongoing country-specific situations.
6. West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (Accra, Ghana)
Since its founding in 1998, WANEP has grown to include over 500 member organizations throughout West Africa. The organization has established national networks in every Member State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and works with civil society and governments in its collaborative efforts towards conflict prevention and peacebuilding. WANEP uses a two-pronged approach – at the national and regional levels – to comprehensively carry out its programs, which focus on topics such as peacebuilding, civil society coordination efforts, and peace education. Integral to WANEP’s mission of preventing conflict is the organization’s program, West Africa Early Warning and Early Response Network (WARN). The WARN program, which is the forerunner to the ECOWAS early warning body, ECOWARN, monitors situations that have the potential to lead to violent conflict. The program uses information gathered by community-based monitoring systems to publish reports which are distributed to civil society organizations, governments, partners, and UN agencies.
II. 22 Organizations Respond to Coalition’s Call for NGO Supporters
In October 2011, ICRtoP announced the creation of a second membership category for NGOs that support the Responsibility to Protect (‘RtoP’ or ‘R2P’) and the work of the Coalition, but that may not have the mandate, resources or staff capacity to have an active program to advance the norm. Unlike ICRtoP “Members”, “NGO Supporters” are not required to have RtoP (or RtoP-related) projects and activities. With this new category of membership, broadening the base of RtoP supporters will allow the network to amplify our collective voice as we seek to mobilize in situations where atrocities are occurring or threatening to occur. Below please find our most recent list of NGO supporters.
Please visit our Join the Coalition Page for further information on how your organization can join ICRtoP as an NGO Supporter.
1. African Club, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
2. An Association for Awareness (New Delhi, India)
3. Athencottasan Muthamizh Kazhagam (AMK) (Kanyakumari, India)
4. Center for Victims of Torture (Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA)
5. Center for War/Peace Studies (New York, USA)
6. Digvijay Yagya (New Delhi, India)
7. Diplomatic Society of Saint Gabriel (Geneva, Switzerland; Manila, Philippines; New York and Seattle, USA)
8. E.O.NE.P.E. Research Group for New Political Science (Athens, Greece)
9. Fondation Archeveque Dr. Emmanuel St. Louis (FADRESL) (Haiti)
10. Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) (New Delhi, India)
11. Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, USA)
12. Human Rights First Society (Saudi Arabia)
13. International Center for Policy and Conflict (Nairobi, Kenya)
14. Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association (Bhubaneswar, India)
15. People's Association for Rural Development (PARD) (Madurai, India)
16. Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) (Jerusalem, Israel and OPT)
17. Redemption Research for Health and Educational Development Society (Andhra Pradesh, India)
18. Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition, University of Queensland (R2P-SC) (Brisbane, Australia)
19. Social Action for Integrated Development (SAID) (Mahabubnagar, India)
20. UN Watch (Geneva, Switzerland)
21. World Citizens Association (Sydney, Australia)
22. Yemen Jasmine Revolution (Sana'a, Yemen)