Workshop Report: "Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities"
Madariaga– College of Europe Foundation and the Folke Bernadotte Academy
Workshop and Dialogue Forum, 12-13 May 2011
Within the framework of the Programme "Building Coherence, Skills and Synergies in Conflict Prevention", the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, with the support of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU and in close cooperation with the EU and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office held a conference to promote the cause of genocide prevention. During the two-day event, over 80 participants focused on sharing experiences, lessons learned and best practices on how to narrow the gap between early warning and timely action on genocide prevention, and discussed the ways to create further cooperation within the international community.
Conference speakers included Ragnar Angeby of the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Véronique Arnault of the European External Action Service, Andrea Bartoli of George Mason University, Mô Bleeker of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Simona Cruciani of the Office of the United Nations Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention, Károly Gruber of the Hungarian Permanent Representation to the European Union, Thordis Ingadottir of Reykjavik University, Jan Jařab of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Luis Peral of the European Union Institute for Security Studies, Jonathan Prentice of the International Crisis Group, Michael Sahlin of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, James Smith of Aegis Trust, Olivia Swaak-Goldman of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Gyorgy Tatar of the Council of the European Union, Catherine Woollard of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Richard Wright of the European External Action Service and ICRtoP Deputy Director Sapna Chhatpar Considine.
The May 2011 workshop also follows on from other events on prevention of genocide and mass atrocities that have taken place in Europe. On 15 November 2010 in Paris, France, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Mémorial de la Shoah organised a symposium entitled “Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Goals and Challenges of International Cooperation”. The key themes discussed at the event centred on the need for effective implementation rather than the normative consensus on genocide and humanitarian intervention. Recommendations from the symposium suggested that the EU should take a high-level panel approach to the prevention of mass atrocities in order to build Europe-wide support, the creation in each government of a senior level “focal point” on prevention and the need for an international network for genocide prevention comprised of governments, regional organisations and NGOs. (...)
Sapna Chhatpar Considine, Deputy Director of the International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect, discussed the entrenchment of the Responsibility to Protect in EU doctrine and the potential opportunities for region-to-region learning and cooperation on the implementation of the norm. Ms. Considine highlighted the EU-Africa Joint Strategy and the EU-ASEAN plan of action as a useful entry points for EU engagement in other regions.
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