10 September 2012
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ICRtoP Welcomes Four New Coalition Members
The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) is pleased to welcome four new Coalition Members, the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom and United to End Genocide. Read below about how these organizations are working to prevent and respond to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing worldwide.
1. Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (Belgrade, Serbia)
Founded in 2007, the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) actively conducts research, analysis, policy development and advocacy with the goal of promoting reconciliation in the Western Balkans and accelerating Serbia’s membership in NATO and the European Union. The Center currently focuses on several key programmatic areas as tools to strengthening democracy in Serbia. These include security sector reform, transitional justice, and liberalism, globalization and human rights. As CEAS is active in Serbia, which faced an intervention in 1999 by NATO in its then-province of Kosovo, the organization analyzes the impacts of the implementation of such measures on the development of the Balkans. Through its programs and events, CEAS works to educate the public on the positive and negative effects of the NATO intervention and advocates for transitional justice in Serbia and the region.
2. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Montreal, Canada)
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), founded in 1986, is a research centre of the Faculty of Arts and Science of Concordia University that strives to establish and manage major research programs focused on the prevention and prosecution of genocide and other crimes against humanity. Through events, workshops, and occasional papers series, MIGS educates civil society, government officials, University students and faculty, and the general public to enhance their understanding of the history and sociology of genocide and other mass crimes, its prevention, and the domestic and international legal frameworks for holding perpetrators accountable. In 2008, MIGS launched the Early Warning Media Monitoring Project, aiming to provide early warning of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other mass crimes, and to inform actors at all levels of government-owned media in countries at risk. The following year, MIGS launched the Will to Intervene (W2I) project, which aims to build domestic political will in Canada and the United States to prevent future mass atrocities through education, training, conferences, and policy briefings.
3.United Nations Association of the United Kingdom (London, United Kingdom)
Founded in 1945, the United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA-UK) is a leading advocate for strong government support for the United Nations (UN) and serves as a main source in the United Kingdom (UK) of independent analysis on the UN. Through its vast networks within the UK and internationally through the UN Associations across the globe, UNA-UK strives to connect people to the work of the UN and advocate for a strong, credible and effective international body. Domestically, UNA-UK works with practitioners and experts, members and supporters, and its national network of local, school and university branches to influence decision-makers to support UN goals and strengthen international law and cooperation. Through several policy programs, UNA-UK focuses on crucial issues relating to peace and security, human and humanitarian rights and development. The organization provides educational and volunteer opportunities, which have helped equip new generations of internationalists, and publishes ‘New World’ magazine which focuses on various themes and agendas related to the UN. In August 2012, UNA-UK launched a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) policy program focused on consolidating a national RtoP policy-support network, and building grassroots, government and international support for the norm.
4. United to End Genocide (Washington, DC, United States)
United to End Genocide is the largest activist organization in the United States dedicated to preventing and ending mass atrocities worldwide. The organization arose from the merging of the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network, two organizations that led the historic movement to demand an end to genocide in Darfur. Through its programs and student advocacy branch, STAND, United to End Genocide is dedicated to building a sustainable movement of grassroots leaders and activists to stop the commission of mass atrocities and ensure justice and accountability when such crimes occur. The organization also conducts country-specific campaigns which advocate in the interest of civilian protection. Currently in focus are the crises in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. United to End Genocide works to educate US officials, constituents and policy makers on genocide and mass atrocities prevention efforts and on the responsibilities of the international community to take further actions in that spirit.
Read more information about ICRtoP’s 49 Members and visit our Join the Coalition Page for further information on how your organization can become a part of ICRtoP as either a Member or NGO Supporter. We encourage you to reach out to these groups for their expertise, inspiration and partnership. ICRtoP will feature their RtoP-related work under Latest from the Coalition on our website.