International conference: Preventing Genocide? 60 years of the UN Genocide Convention

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The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) is holding an international conference “Preventing Genocide? 60 years of the UN Genocide Convention” on the 15th of December, 2008 at the Kursaal Berne. The event is aimed at a specialist audience as well as the general public.

As a result of the atrocities of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Genocide Convention on December 9, 1948. The aim of the conference is to assess the possibilities and limits of this instrument of genocide prevention after 60 years. Why have genocides occured after 1948, for example in Rwanda? Which role does the UN play in the prevention of genocide? How can genocide be prevented in the future? And what are the roles of states, the UN, civil society and other actors in the prevention of genocide? These are key questions which will be addressed by our international experts during the conference.

Speakers / Panelists

Juan E. Méndez, Former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (2004–2007), President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (New York City)

Prof. William A. Schabas, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof. Linda Melvern, Investigative journalist and author, Professor, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Moderation: Andreas Zumach, Journalist, Geneva

Open: Dr. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, President of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP)

Welcome message: Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Head of the Political Affairs Division IV/Human Security, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Date / Venue
15th December 2008, 13.30-18.30
Allegro Kursaal Berne, Kornhausstrasse 3, 3013 Berne, Switzerland

Patronage
Carla Del Ponte, Swiss Ambassador to Argentina | Alexander Tschäppat, Mayor, City of Berne | Dr. Dick Marty, Member of the Swiss Council of States, Ticino | Dr. Josef Lang,Member of the Swiss National Council, Zug |Dominique de Buman, Member of the Swiss National Council, Fribourg | Prof. Dr. Walter Kälin, University of Berne | Prof. Dr. Marcel Alexander Niggli, University of Fribourg | Prof. Mihran Dabag, Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Research, Bochum | Dimitri, Clown, Borgnone | Mano Khalil, Film-maker, Berne | Fadila Memisevic, Director of STP Bosnia-Herzegovina | Zainap Gaschajewa, Director of “Echo of War”, Chechnya

Further information: www.gfbv.ch/index1.html