EDU Partner Organization steps up Anti-Genocide Programs


It is with great pride that the Intergovernmental Organization EDU reports on the outstanding efforts of its Partner Organization, 'The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities', in its program to raise awareness of the threat of this scourge of modern times.

2014, which was the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, saw the formal Memorandum of Understanding with EDU in November of that year. Since then the Chair of the Budapest Centre Dr. Gyorgy Tatar, ably assisted by the Director of Research and Cooperation Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, has instituted an impressive program of education and development to further the aims of the organization.

2015 is a particularly relevant year to redouble efforts to educate about Genocide and Mass Atrocities being the 20th Anniversary of the The Srebrenica massacre and the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of concentration camps in Auschwitz,  Stutthof, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrueck, Dora-Mittelbau, Flossenbürg, Dachau, Mauthausen, Neuengamme and Bergen-Belsen.

His Excellency Irving-Levance the Secretary-General of EDU, who was himself a childhood refugee, points out that it is important not to regard Genocide and Mass Atrocities as if they are simply historical topics. Current world events place large parts of the globe and large population masses at risk of similar events unfolding.

The busy schedule for 2015 includes the publication of working papers, conferences, education projects and workshops such as launching:

"WORKING TOWARDS PREVENTION"

'SERIES OF WORKING PAPERS ON GENOCIDE AND MASS ATROCITY PREVENTION'

The Budapest Centre is proud to launch “Working towards Prevention”: entirely dedicated to studies in genocide and mass atrocity prevention. The series is meant to be a space where researchers working in close cooperation with the Centre can share their ongoing projects.

The Centre will also accept submission from external researchers, as long as their papers meet a good academic standard and adhere to the topic of the series. The first paper of the series is authored by Tommaso Trillò, Junior Researcher at the Budapest Centre.


 "INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AND THE PREVENTION OF MASS ATROCITIES"

A NEW PAPER BY MARK BARWICK

 “Religious identity has to do with how one self-identifies in relation to a group. It is not the same as being religious, which implies adherence to particular beliefs and participation in religious activities. […] Religious identity can therefore be a source of conflict just as much as ethnic or national identity”

Mark Barwick is the Centre's Policy Adviser on Programs for Dialogue. 


PROMOTING “RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT”

On 21 April, 2015, Enzo Le Fevre took part in the Regional Meeting of the European RtoP Focal Points in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. The meeting was meant as an effort by the UN to build further consensus on RtoP and mobilize this consensus to achieve efficient implementation soon in the future. 

Following the meeting in Brdo pri Kranju, Le Fevre participated as speaker at “Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice”, an academic conference on RtoP at the University of Ljubljana on 23-24 April, 2015. Le Fevre concluded the first panel, titled “Challenges Ahead of R2P after Its First Decade”.

The full program of the conference is available at: www.r2pconference.com

Further, on 6-9 May, 2015, Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, participated in The Fifth State of the Union conference at the European University Institute. The conference is a unique opportunity for high-level discussion about the state of the European Union, and featured remarkable speakers, including current and former ministers and heads of state from different EU countries. Le Fevre actively engaged in discussion with the speakers during a session on “Europe’s Role in Peacekeeping and Stabilization”. The session was chaired by Jennifer Welsh, UN Special Adviser on RtoP, and examined how European states, both within the United Nations and the emerging architecture of the European Union, have contributed to peacekeeping and stabilization missions.

The full program of the conference is available at https://stateoftheunion.eui.eu/


WORKSHOP ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

THE ONGOING WORK OF THE AFRICAN TASK FORCE IS PART OF THE DISCUSSION

On 27 May, 2015, the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a workshop on International and Hungarian efforts to contribute to the promotion of human rights and development in Africa. Among other topics, Gyorgy Tatar, chair of the Budapest Centre, had the opportunity to briefly present the African Task Force initiative: an on-going effort of the Centre to map the capabilities for mass atrocity prevention of five African regional organizations.

http://www.genocideprevention.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Report_workshop-HR-Development-Africa.pdf


EDUCATION SUMMIT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Gyorgy Tatar took part in the 2015 Education Summit in Bosnia-Herzegovina organized by Educators’ Institute for Human Rights. The meeting took place in Jahorina, BiH, on July 1-3, 2015. The participants of the event discussed the challenges in education of Holocaust and mass atrocities prevention in BiH and agreed on the organization of the next Education Summit during the summer of 2016. Last November the Budapest Centre organized a similar event on the nexus between education and mass atrocity prevention in Budapest.

http://www.genocideprevention.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Report_Roundtable-Education-Summit-In-Bosnia_Herzegovina.pdf

Later is 2015 will be the last workshop of  V4 Prevention - Series of Workshop in the Visegrad Group to Prevent Mass Atrocities.

It will take place in Warsaw, Poland, in dates 5-7 October.

V4 Prevention is an initiative of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, organized in collaboration with partners from the Visegrad Group and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and supported by the International Visegrad Fund. The Workshop in Poland is the last event of a four-semester programme consisting of three-day workshops in all Visegrad Group countries. The workshop is open to members of the legislations, representatives of governmental institutions, academia and civil society. This series offers a good opportunity to build a common preventive framework in the region.

http://www.genocideprevention.eu/v-4-prevention/v-4-prevention-2015-edition/

His Excellency Irving Le-Vance is delighted to bring further attention to the important work of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and the Intergovernmental Organization EDU is committed to support and endorse the activities of this partner organization.


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