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Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities


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mass atrocities prevention - Data Analysis

Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, Budapest Centre, OSCE, EEAS, UN

Series of Workshops in the Visegrad Countries on Mass Atrocities Prevention

The latest events regarding international terrorism have once again set high on the agenda of governments and regional organizations, including the European Union, the issues of respect and promotion of human rights, prevention of mass atrocity crimes (genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity) as well as development and operationalization of the Responsibility to Protect as adopted at the UN World Summit in 2005. The UN and the EU have pursued as a common goal to raising awareness and building skills, both at the national and regional levels, in order to facilitate the global implementation of the abovementioned objectives. In this regard, since the change of regime occurred in 1989-1990, members of the Visegrad Group have been cooperating in several fields of common regional interest, further developing their collaboration within the EU. Among these areas of shared concern, prevention of violent conflicts and mass atrocities generated new possibilities for regional cooperation. This series of workshops launched by the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in partnership with the Milan Simecka Foundation, Slovakia, Transitions, Czech Republic and the University of Gdansk, Poland and supported by the International Visegrad Fund offer a good opportunity for building a common preventive framework in the region. The first workshop took place in Budapest in January 2014, the second in Bratislava in July 2014, and the third in Prague in February 2015. The workshops aim at: Building skills related to prevention of mass atrocities in the Visegrad Group; Contributing to the efforts of the international community to effectively address the threat of mass atrocities; Strengthening expertise and knowledge of mass atrocities prevention in EU; institutions and governments, academia and among the youth of Member States; Encouraging the International Community to act in concert; Promoting dialogue between international institutions, governments, academia and civil society on current issues and tasks related to RtoP; Creating national networks for the implementation of mass atrocities preventative strategies. The number of participants of each exercise is limited to twentyfive, including one representative of each member state of the Visegrad Group not hosting the training. The project targets mainly the staffs in the Ministries of defence, interior, foreign affairs, justice and the intelligence services being potential participants of international peace-building and preventative activities as well as researchers and the civil society. The Budapest Centre provides experts delivering lectures and facilitating the workshop as well as orchestrating the simulation exercise. In doing so, it relies on national capacities as much as possible. All workshops are highly interactive, with a view to sharing knowledge, experience and best practices as well as assessing capacities in institutional and national mechanisms, and identify ways for enhancing collaboration. More info: http://www.genocideprevention.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/V4-Warsaw-programme.pdf

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