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Building Peace - Reminders of the Promise: Civil Society and the Responsibility to Protect: Chair of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) Don Deya discusses a two-pronged strategy to prevention under R2P, and emphasizes the role of civil society in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. (September 2013)
Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – R2P Ideas in Brief: Tim Dunne, Professor of International Relations at University of Queensland and Co-Director of Asia Pacific for the Responsibility to Protect, and Alex Bellamy, Professor of International Security at Griffith University and Co-Director of Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, discuss the application of RtoP in Syria, and address in particular how the normative framework of RtoP has influenced decision-making processes, specifically in regards to the use or non-use of force, in the Syrian crisis. (September 2013)

International Refugee Rights Initiative – Citizenship Rights and the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes: This document contributes to the General Assembly Dialogue on “The Responsibility to Protect: State Responsibility and Prevention,” which was held on 11 September 2013. Specifically, IRRI focuses on the link between citizenship and the operationalization of RtoP, as well as the prevention of atrocity crimes. (10 September 2013)

World Federalist Movement Canada – Letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs – Hon. John Baird on the September 11 UN debate on Responsibility to Protect: The WFMC wrote a letter to the Honorable John Baird, calling on him to continue to advocate for the support of the RtoP normative framework at the upcoming UN Dialogue on RtoP, as well as to appoint an RtoP focal point. (29 August 2013)

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention – A Blueprint for Local, Nonviolent Responses to Mass Atrocities (Part I and II): A two-part series by Danny Hirschel-Burns, in which the author considers the possibility of local nonviolence to end mass atrocities, and discusses the division of mass atrocities into two broad categories of counterinsurgency and communal crimes. (16 August 2013)

United Nations Association-United Kingdom – Egypt failing to uphold its responsibility to protect: The UNA-UK issued concern over the Egyptian interim government’s violent crackdown on pro- and anti-Morsi protests in Cairo, and called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. (16 August 2013)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – “Not Just a Slogan”: An Interview with Tibi Galis, Executive Director: Columbia University Human Rights Studies M.A. candidate Michelle Eberhard interviews Executive Director Tibi Galis and discusses the successes and challenges that genocide prevention has faced, particularly in regards to how the recent crises in Mali and Syria have impacted the implementation of atrocity prevention. (1 August 2013)

Canadian Centre for R2P – Brazil’s “Responsibility While Protecting” Proposal: A Canadian Perspective: Jennifer Welsh, Patrick Quinton-Brown and Victor MacDiarmid discuss the challenges presented by the “Responsibility While Protecting” (RwP) norm, as well as its impact on the continual evolution of the norm of R2P. (12 July 2013)

Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect – R2P Scholars Network: CCR2P announces its creation of an international R2P Scholars Network, designed to bring together scholars and policymakers around the world who are committed to advancing the norm of R2P. (17 May 2013)

UNA-UK – APPG meeting with Alex Bellamy and Gareth Evans launches R2P briefing: Bellamy Evans, two leading experts on the norm of R2P, addressed the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) on 15 May, highlighting both the advancements R2P has made, as well as the challenges it must still overcome.  Bellamy also presented the UNA-UK’s first policy briefing on R2P. (16 May 2013)
Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – Event Summary: Establishing a “Culture of Remembrance and Non-Recurrence” – Regional Approaches to Genocide Prevention: A blog post written by AIPR intern Michelle Eberhard that summarizes the 2013 Regional Forum on the Prevention of Genocide, which took place in Phnom Penh on 28 February and 1 March, 2013. (14 May 2013)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – Summary of New York Conference on Mass Atrocity Prevention: AIPR releases a summary of its February 2013 conference, “Deconstructing Prevention: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Mass Atrocity Prevention.” (30 April 2013)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – Auschwitz Institute Creates World Bank Community of Practice on Development and Mass Atrocity Prevention: AIPR, in conjunction with the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development, the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, and the Office of the World Bank Executive Director for Germany, established a Community of Practice at the 18 April 2013 roundtable event in Washington, D.C. entitled "Preventing Mass Atrocities Through Development Policies: A Roundtable on Economic, Social and Legal Aspects." (29 April 2013)

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies – “Finding the Courage to Fight Genocide”: On 15 April, Kyle Matthews of MIGS addressed the United Kingdom House of Lords and discussed the importance of working with parliamentarians on the implementation of R2P. (24 April 2013)

UNA-UK – UNA-UK convenes high level roundtable on Responsibility to Protect: Members of government, civil society, the UN, and academia, including UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and former Special Adviser for R2P Dr. Edward Luck, assembled to discuss the progress made by R2P, particularly regarding its effectiveness of implementation. (18 April 2013)

Canadian International Council – “The Mirage of R2P’s ‘BRICS Wall’”: Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) co-chairperson Patrick Quinton-Brown discusses the inaccuracy of the claim that the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) categorically oppose the norm of R2P. (27 March 2013)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – Central American ombudsmen agree to establish early warning system for genocide prevention: At the 46th plenary conference in Panama City, Panama on 18-20 March 2013, the Central American Council of Human Rights Ombudsmen affirmed its willingness to work with the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect to establish an early warning system, as well as to participate in the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. (25 March 2013)

Canadian Centre for R2P – IPU adopts a Resolution on R2P: The 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union confirms it will be adopting a resolution concerning the role of parliamentarians in the implementation of R2P. (24 March 2013)

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – AP R2P launches new project on Security and Justice in West Africa: Focusing on communities in Ghana and Liberia, this AP R2P project will consider how non-state actors in these two countries have contributed to the maintenance of peace, security, and justice. (March 2013)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – African Union signs agreement with AIPR to establish the African Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention: On 20 February 2013, the African Union took the first step towards the creation of a continental inter-governmental network by signing an agreement with AIPR to create the African Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. (21 February 2013)

Canadian Centre for R2P – CCR2P presents alongside Ed Luck at the 127th IPU Assembly: CCR2P representative Tina Park presented at the IPU Assembly on 23 October 2012 on the role of national parliaments in the implementation of R2P, noting in particular the importance of creating national R2P focal points. (1 January 2013)

Report from the Igarapé Institute
 in English and Portuguesefollowing an event in Brasilia, Brazil, from 21-22 November 2012, focused on implementing the Responsibility to Protect and examining the responsibility while protecting. Approximately 80 policy makers, practitioners, scholars and advocates participated in the event, which was the first time such a diverse group of stakeholders in Brazil discussed these topics in an open debate. In March 2013, the Igarapé Institute released a book on RtoP, again in both English and Portuguese, featuring 12 papers by experts from Brazil and abroad.

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – R2P Ideas in Brief: ASEAN, the Rohingyas and Myanmar’s Responsibility to Protect
: Addressing in particular the mounting violence in Rahkine State, this briefing outlines ways in which ASEAN and Myanmar might work together to resolve the issues between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rahkines. (November 2012)

The Stanley Foundation – Policy Memo: Assisting States to Prevent Atrocities – Implications for Development Policy, Stabilization Assistance, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: On 17-19 October 2012 in Washington, D.C., the Stanley Foundation brought together 30 government and international officials, mass-atrocity specialists, and civil society representatives at its 53rd annual Strategy for Peace Conference. (25 October 2012)

The Stanley Foundation – “Getting Along: Managing Diversity for Atrocity Prevention in Socially Divided Societies”: Dr. Pauline Baker of the Stanley Foundation discusses diversity management in Nigeria and South Africa, and identifies how this concept is central to Pillar 2 of R2P. (September 2012)

The Stanley Foundation – Policy Brief: Building State Capacity to Prevent Atrocity Crimes – Implementing Pillars One and Two of the R2P Framework: David J. Simon of the Stanley Foundation explains how states might build their capacities under pillars one and two of R2P. (September 2012)

Aegis Trust, Minority Rights Group International, and UNA-UK – Joint Letter to Foreign Secretary on General Assembly dialogue on R2P: These three ICRtoP member organizations wrote a joint letter to the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, asking the Government to make a strong contribution to the upcoming UN Dialogue on R2P and reiterating the understanding of R2P as a preventive mechanism. (4 September 2012)

NATO Watch – “What will NATO contribute to the R2P dialogue at the UN General Assembly?”: Ian Davis, Director of NATO Watch, urges the NATO Secretary General to speak in favor of R2P at the upcoming UN Dialogue on R2P on 5 September. (3 September 2012)

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – R2P Ideas in Brief: ASEAN and the UN GA Dialogue on the SG’s Report on Timely and Decisive Response: APCR2P recommends that ASEAN reaffirm its commitment to R2P, discuss its views on Pillar 3, and contribute to the ongoing discussion of Responsibility While Protecting (RwP) at the 5 September UN Dialogue on R2P. (30 August 2012)

World Federalist Movement-Canada – Letter to Canadian Foreign Minister ahead of the General Assembly Dialogue: WFM-Canada sent a letter to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, urging him to reaffirm Canada’s support for R2P at the September UN Dialogue on R2P, as well as to use that forum to announce the appointment of a national R2P focal point. (23 August 2012)

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – Pillar II in Practice: Policy Capacity-Building in Oceania: This briefing centers on the concept of “police-building” and addresses the application of R2P in the broader context of security sector reform in three developing states in Oceania. (June 2012) 

West African Civil Society Institute – “Talking Africa: Interview with WACSI regarding R2P” on UK’s Resonance FM Podcast wherein Ms. Omolara, Policy Advocacy Officer of WACSI, discusses the R2P norm in the context of WACSI pilot training. (21 June 2012)

World Federation of United Nations Associations – “Complementing the ‘Third Pillar’ to R2P: Supporting Balanced and Robust Responses to the Threat of Mass Atrocities”: WFUNA collaborated with the Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) to host four days of R2P talks and seminars preceding the informal General Assembly discussion on R2P. (21 June 2012)

World Federalist Movement-Canada – Event Summary: UN Capacities for Timely and Decisive Response: In an event organized for parliamentarians and staff of the All-Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities (GPG), guest speakers discussed the notion of the “Responsibility While Protecting,” as well as the concept of establishing R2P focal points. (June 2012)

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – R2P Ideas in Brief: A Common Standard for Applying R2P: APCR2P discusses the development of standard and guiding principles for the application of R2P. (June 2012)

Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P – Conference Outcome Document: Regional Capacity to Protect, Prevent, and Respond; UN-Asia Pacific Strategy and Coordination: APCR2P releases the Outcome Document of its 17-18 May 2012 conference in Bangkok, Thailand, which included discussion of the future of R2P, Pillar 3 and sovereignty, the notion of “Responsibility While Protecting,” and the role of regional organizations in promoting R2P. (6 June 2012)

La Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES) – The Responsibility to Protect and its Applicability in Latin America: CRIES releases its 35th issue of its journal, Pensamiento Propio, focusing in particular on varying national and regional perspectives on the norm of R2P. (May 2012)

Canadian Centre for R2P – Civil Society Report on Development, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Philanthropic, and Service-Based Humanitarian Organizations: This report examines how civil society organizations have engaged with the R2P norm since its inception in 2001. (9 May 2012)

The Stanley Foundation – R2P: The Next Decade – Marking Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect: Former ICISS Chair and leading expert on R2P Gareth Evans discusses the evolution of R2P in an article in the Courier, no. 74, Spring 2012. (12 April 2012

Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect - Regime-Induced Displacement as an R2P Challenge: In this policy brief, the Asia-Pacific Centre examines potential international community responses to states that deliberately displace their own populations. (February 2012)
International Refugee Rights Initiative - A Poisoned Chalice? Local civil society and the International Criminal Court’s engagement in Uganda: First in IRRI’s series promoting local perspectives on international justice in Africa, this paper reflects on the ICC’s engagement in Uganda through the lens of the author’s experience working with one of the largest national civil society organisations in Uganda at the time when the investigations was first announced and the first arrest warrants were issued. (January 2012)

Four ICRtoP Members participate in sign on letter calling for support of ICC- Letter to Foreign Ministers of African States Parties to the ICC: Coalition Members Human Rights Network- Uganda (HURINET), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Coalition for Justice and Acountability (COJA), and International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-K) join over thirty civil society organizations in calling on African state parties to the Rome Statute to reaffirm support for the International Criminal Court. (26 January 2012)

International Refugee Rights Initiative – Just Justice? Civil Society, International Justice and the Search for Accountability in Africa: IRRI launched a discussion paper series that will reflect local perspectives on international justice as it is being experienced in Africa. (9 January 2012)

Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Socialies (CRIES) - Regionalization in New Scenarios: Democratic Deficit and Civil Society Participation in South American Regionalism:CRIES published a new paper which examines the coordination of regional actors in South America as well as their interaction with populatinos and civil society. (9 January 2012)

World Federation of United Nations Associations – Second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium, Beijing, ChinaWFUNA, in collaboration with UNA China, the Research Center for United Nations and International Organizations, and the Embassy of Sweden, hosted, as part two of its three part series which was first conducted in Nairobi, Kenya, this symposium which commemorated the life of Former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.  In addition to discussing Hammarskjold’s philosophy on conflict prevention, participants spoke on RtoP and the role of the UN in prevention. Please see the event summary here. (1 December 2011)

International Refugees Rights Initiative and the Darfur Consortium of NGOs featured in recommendations of ICGLR Comittee on Genocide Prevention: International Refugee Rights Initiative and the Darfur Consortium of NGOs were mentioned in the recommendations of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Committee on Genocide Prevention to the Regional Inter-Ministerial Comittee. (December 2011)
International Refugee Rights Initiative – NGO letter to the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights on the Situation in South Kordofan and the Blue NileInternational Refugee Rights Initiative and nine other NGOs issued a letter to the African Commission and Human People's Rights to bring attention to the conflict in the Sudanese border states and its impact on civilians and refugees in the area.  The letter called on the Commission to demand that all parties to the conflict to declare a ceasefire and allow for humanitarian access to civilians, as well as for the Commission to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the region. (30 November 2011)
Global Action to Prevent War – Linking Women’s Participation and Prevention of Atrocity Crimes: GAPW presented information on its new group linking the prevention of atrocity crimes and the full participation of women in conflict prevention and response measures at the Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. The group will bring together UN and NGO officials to find ways to influence RtoP ‘third pillar’ responses. (14 November 2011) 
Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect – Ethnic Minority Protection in Vietnam: an R2P Challenge: In this policy brief, the Asia Pacific Centre examines the challenges facing the government of Vietnam for the protection of ethnic minorities in the nation.  The brief discusses the areas of concern, such as discrimination of and human rights abuses of minority populations, and notes that such actions place groups at heightened risk for mass atrocities.  The Asia Pacific Centre notes that Vietnam has voiced its commitment for RtoP and provides recommendations to strengthen the government’s capacity to prevent atrocity crimes. (November 2011)
Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect – Burma/Myanmar Spring: Surreal or so real?:  This policy brief discusses the political reforms made in Burma/Myanmar as well as the factors that influenced their adoption, and examines the government’s relationship with the RtoP norm. The brief notes that the government’s policies towards ethnic minorities are still of great concern and calls on ASEAN and the international community to assist in the implementation of peacebuilding efforts to reduce tensions between ethnic groups and the state.  (November 2011)
Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights – Opening of CLAIHR’s Year Long Symposium on RtoP to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of the ICISS ReportCLAIHR launched its symposium on with an event featuring Michael Ignatieff who spoke on the importance of the norm and answered questions on RtoP and Canada’s role in its implementation.  (26 October 2011)
Genocide Alert – Launch of New German-Language Portal on RtoP: Genocide Alert’s new RtoP portal aims to provideinformation on RtoP (beginnings, history, application, details on the three pillars, the Secretary-General reports and more) to German speakers, and establish a non-partisan platform for discussion on RtoP in Germany and the rest of the world. (21 October 2011)
The Stanley Foundation - Structuring the US Government to Prevent Atrocities: Considerations for an Atrocities Prevention Board: As part of its 52nd annual Strategy for Peace Conference, the Stanley Foundation gathered 30 US government officials and mass atrocity specialists to discuss the prospects and challenges for the design of the Atrocities Prevention Board, mandated under a US Presidential Study Directive (PSD-10) of August 2011.  Participants considered the needs of the Atrocities Prevention Board and how it can most effectively prevent mass atrocities.  (13-15 October 2011)
Regional Coordinator of Economic and Social Research (CRIES) – Invitation for Student Papers on the Topic of “Implementing the Responsibility to Protect in Latin America and the Caribbean”CRIES, in coordination with ICRtoP, invited undergraduate and graduate students from universities in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the presentation of papers on the principle of the RtoP.  Entries were reviewed by a jury of renowned scholars, and prizes included $500 and publication in the Journal Pensamiento Propio for first place, and publication in the journal for both the second and third place entries.  (29 September 2011)
Global Action to Prevent War – Summer News Brief: In this news brief, the Global Action to Prevent War highlights the activities it conducted and participated in over the summer, such as holding an informal meeting on 29 July 2011 with various partner NGOs that included a discussion on implementing RtoP, as well as organizing a visit with scholars to discuss human security issues, including RtoP, at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. (7 September 2011)
Human Rights Watch – NGO letter to IBSA Delegation to Syria: Human Rights Watch and three NGOS released a letter to the Foreign Ministers of India, Brazil, and South Africa welcoming their decision to dispatch an IBSA human rights delegation to investigate the situation in Syria.  The letter calls attention to the human rights abuses committed in Syria and calls for IBSA countries to urge Syrian authorities to uphold their responsibility to protect. (4 August 2011)

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