#R2PWeekly: 9-13 December, 2019

This week in focus:

 Anniversary of the Genocide Convention

Each year on 9 December the international community marks the anniversary of the The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (“the Genocide Convention”), followed by the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the 10th.

Atrocities continue to occur in spite of the historic calls of “never again.” Yet much can still be done to prevent these crimes and rebuild from them, whether it means better recognizing and responding to risk factors, or seeking accountability and ending impunity for perpetrators. In order to better protect populations and uphold the obligations States and the international community have under the Responsibility to Protect, it requires recognizing and fulfilling human rights, timely and decisive responses to risk factors, and the use of existing global mechanisms and multilateral collaboration working towards the establishment of peaceful and inclusive societies.

***Please note that the RtoP Weekly will resume its regular publication in 2020. We wish everyone a Happy New Year***

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Image via UN Photo

What to Watch:

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi heads to The Hague for Myanmar genocide showdown (The Guardian)
This week, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began its hearings in the Gambia’s case against Burma for the crimes committed against the Rohingya. The Gambia, on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, filed a case alleging genocide against the Rohingya, primarily occurring in August 2017. Aung Saan Suu Kyi appeared in the The Hague to argue the claims against the country. While the attention is on the events transpiring at the ICJ, actors call for continued action to address the root causes of the crisis, which continue to remain in place in policy and practice, institutionalizing the discrimination against the Rohingya people.

But Also Don’t Miss:

European Union: Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell
The EU reaffirmed its commitment to the RtoP, genocide and atrocity prevention, and ending impunity on the Genocide Convention’s Anniversary.

Kenya: Elusive Justice for Gross Injustice, Abuse
The National Assembly failed to consider the findings of a report by the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, blocking justice for victims.

Syria: “My Only Crime Was That I Was a Doctor” How the Syrian Government Targets Health Workers for Arrest, Detention, and Torture
Reports continue to detail the targeting of health and aid workers by government forces, among other crimes, that may amount to atrocities.

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