Upcoming Event - Paving the Way to a Better World: Remembering Rwanda, the Responsibility to Protect and Genocide Prevention
University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
3 April 2013, 4:00– 7:00 PM
Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abramson Center – University of Southern Maine (Portland campus)
This event aims to commemorate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and delve into the wide range of issues that led to that atrocity as well as the ensuing dialogue surrounding mass atrocities and the international community’s response to them. The responsibility to protect (R2P), which was formulated in large measure as a reaction to the widespread failures that led to the horrific humanitarian events of the 1990s, will be a central focus of the presentations and panel discussion.
The panel will be comprised of stakeholders and practicioners representing a diverse range of views and perspectives, each bringing a unique set of experiences that will help inform the audience and contribute substantively to the broader discussion taking place around the world. (…)
Claude Gatabuke, a Rwandan genocide survivor, will provide a keynote speech during this event, followed by an expert panel featuring: Jonas Claes, Program Officer – United States Institute of Peace, Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director – Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights, Rachel Shapiro, Associate – International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and Ryan D’Souza, Research Analyst – Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
(…) It is vital that the victims of the Rwandan genocide never be forgotten and that the real human consequences of inaction and ineptitude in the face of humanitarian crises be grappled with. The focus on R2P will identify a path towards realizing the “never again” vision of a world in which genocide and other atrocities cease to occur. This event aims to engage and educate the public on the related issues as well as advance the progress of R2P as the ideal normative framework for preventing and responding to mass atrocity situations in the 21st century.