An Introduction to Genocide Prevention Month

Regions: Global, Armenia, Rwanda

Issues: Genocide

Tags: genocide, holocaust, mass atrocities, remembrance, rwandan genocide

April marks the anniversary of five 20th Century genocides - Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda - and calls for action to end a contemporary crisis - Darfur.

More than 50 of the world's leading humanitarian organizations have united to launch a public awareness campaign during the month of April, in line with Genocide Prevention Month, which is celebrated in the USA.

The Genocide Prevention Project is hosting PREVENTorPROTECT, this month's collective action center, wants people around the world to take action this month to "send a powerful message to world leaders that they should take meaningful steps to prevent another Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, Srebrenica, or Darfur."

Through April we will be highlighting the role video has played to shine a light on previous genocides - and call for immediate action to end the ongoing killing in Darfur.  Please take a moment to watch these spotlighted videos - and join the coalition's email list to get the latest updates and actions you can take this month! 

3 Ways to Get Involved

1.  Do one (or more) of these 30 things...

2.  Find an event to join

3.  Host your own Genocide Prevention Month event

 

### Videos You Should Watch ###

 

The Last Survivor explores the idea of genocide in the 21st century as a platform for social action.  The film follows the lives of Survivors of four genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo.  Centered on the basic premise that genocide is not only a consequence of intolerance and discrimination, but also the important acknowledgment that “democracy dies if you don’t work for it” — that we each have role in ending genocide and improving our world.

 

 

If you watch one thing today, make it the video below. And then forward it to 5 people you know.  Why?  Because it features stark and rare testimony from four alleged perpetrators of the mass atrocities in Darfur, and it needs to be seen as widely as possible.  (Read a full post from Sameer on this...)

 

 

From Genocide Prevention Month, this video features Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Jacqueline Murekatete.   She commemorates the 14th anniversary of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda in April of 2008, speaking at an annual memorial event held by Miracle Corners of the World.

 

 

Return to this post - which we will update - and to the Hub more generally over the next month to learn more and to take action to help prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities.


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The Genocide Prevention Task Force today released its final report on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The report makes the case for why genocide and mass atrocities threaten core American values and national interests, and how the U.S. government can prevent these crimes in the future.

Jointly convened by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and the United States Institute of Peace, the Task Force began its work last November with the goal of generating concrete recommendations to enhance the U.S. government’s capacity to recognize and respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities.


USHMM wants your stories

The Holocaust Museum wants you to share your stories of how you're taking action against genocide:

http://www.ushmm.org/genocide/take_action/action/tell_us

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Sameer Padania | http://hub.witness.org | http://www.witness.org