The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities expresses its gratitude to all partners for collaboration in 2015 and wishes peace, happiness, and prosperity for the upcoming year. 

The Budapest Centre wishes courage, self-confidence, and strength to everybody who is facing and will face current and new risks threatening with mass atrocities in 2016. The construction of a global architecture for the prevention of atrocity crimes requires dedicated people and structures who are consistently supported by and act in concert with all the actors of the international community. 

We, as Budapest Centre, will continue our endeavors to properly apply mass atrocity lens, build up international capacities and alliances, focus on education and disseminate culture of dialogue, which are essential elements for atrocity crimes prevention. 
There will be no easy holiday while innocent people are still being persecuted for their religious, ethnic, national, political, cultural and gender affiliation. There will be no holiday unless we multiply our efforts for equality, respect of each other, protection of vulnerable groups, and sustainable peace.

BC at the MED Conference


Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, Director of Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre, has outlined a vision on the role of dialogue in promoting human security and in addressing the roots of the challenges in the Mediterranean during the conference “Mediterranean Dialogues: Beyond Turmoil, a Positive Agenda.” The event took place in Rome on 10-12 December and focused on the transformations afoot in the extended Mediterranean region, with the final aim of reshaping a comprehensive dialogue. The conference touched upon four major pillars: shared prosperity, shared security, migration, and media, culture and society. 

BC in Geneva: "Why Genocide?: Realities, Responses and Ramifiations"

On December 4th, Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, Director of Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre, delivered a speech in the conference "Why Genocide?: Realities, Responses and Ramifications" at Webster University in Geneva. After highlighting the Stanton's ten stages of genocide, Dr. Le Fevre anticipated the work in progress that the Centre has been doing on a set of proposed actions for each Stanton's stage. Education, respect, inclusion, dialogue, disarmament, advocacy, responsibility, protection, intervention, accountability. These are the 10 potential steps to enact efficient prevention of escalating atrocities. In addition, Dr. Le Fevre stressed that to end atrocity crimes for good, it is necessary to adopt a holistic and long-term approach where prevention must be mainstreamed in all possible policies and at all levels of the society. Specific attention should be paid to the young generation. 
You may watch the video here

BC at the 5th EASO Consultative Forum


On November 30th, Mariella Pagliuca and Thea Restovin, research assistants of the Budapest 

Centre, participated in the Fifth Consultative Forum organized by the European Asylum Support Office in La Valletta, Malta. The Forum brought together civil society organizations, academics, member of EU institutions, and agencies to discuss activities in the Hotspots in Italy, Greece, and the Western Balkans. The Budapest Centre took the opportunity to participate in this annual meeting to raise awareness about the potential risks related to migration from the perspective of mass atrocity prevention.

Gaborone: the African Task Force Team meets with SADC Representatives


On November 27th, the Budapest Centre met with key departments within Southern African Development Community to discuss the outcomes of the research on the capabilities of the regional organization to prevent mass atrocities. The workshop was organized in the framework of the African Task Force initiative that the Budapest Centre launched with the aim of assessing the capabilities of five African regional organizations to prevent mass atrocities. The discussion allowed for further raising awareness and exploring the regional tools to apply for prevention. It opened the way to new avenues for collaboration between the Budapest Centre and SADC to improve the regional capabilities in mass atrocity prevention. 

Please read the Joint Communique of the event here

BC organizes a session on “Ten Years of RtoP” during the LJD Week at the World Bank


On November 16th, the Budapest Centre convened in Washington DC the session “Ten Years of RtoP: The Way Ahead. Implementation of a normative principle” in the framework of the Law, Justice, and Development Week (LJD Week) hosted by the World Bank on 16-20 November. The participants discussed the achievements and failures made during the ten years after the adoption of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect and the challenges that the international community faced in its further implementation. In the keynote speech, Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, pointed out that the formulation of the principle of the responsibility to protect adopted in 2005 has proven farsighted because it employs a narrow scope, thus remaining focused on specific obligation under international law. You may read the speech here. The session paid special attention to the prospects of a transatlantic cooperation on RtoP.        

BC Delegation in the XV World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates


On 13-15 November, Luigia D’Alessandro, Junior Project Assistant at the Budapest Centre, attended the XV World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The global event hosted in the city of Barcelona developed proposals to tackle the planet’s emergencies for a world without violence. The representative of the Budapest Centre actively contributed to the drawing up of the Youth Declaration aimed at assessing the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the new Agenda 2030. The main message of the entire Summit was summarized by Jody Williams in a powerful statement: “Stand up and act because peace is achieved when everyone of us takes responsibility to provide for it.” You may read the Final Declaration of the Summit and the Youth Declaration here.

BC Pre-Event to the VIII Budapest Human Rights Forum


On November 11th, the Budapest Centre hosted a roundtable on the role of journalists in preventing genocide and countering extremism at the Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The roundtable, which was a pre-event of the VIII Budapest Human Rights Forum, aimed at calling the attention to the possibilities and responsibilities of journalists working in the field in raising awareness of the public and decision makers about the risks and the need to prevent mass atrocities. You may read the welcome speech of Gyorgy Tatar, Chair of the Budapest Centre, and the Report of the event here.


BC Representative at the 2nd Conference “Cosmocity: Migration, Religion, and Intercultural City”


On the 10th of November, La Sapienza University in Rome hosted the 2nd National Conference “Cosmocity: Migration, Religion, and Intercultural City,” which represented an occasion to promote and spread the interreligious dialogue. Luigia D’Alessandro, Junior Project Assistant at the Budapest Centre, attended the conference to underline the significance attached by the Centre to the interreligious dialogue as an essential tool for the prevention of genocide and atrocity crimes. 
All the speakers of the panel attributed the same relevance to education and dialogue as only means for the planning and development of the modern intercultural city: the cosmocity. As Director of the Religion and Cultural Mediation Master at La Sapienza University Sergio Botta stated, “Dialogue should be promoted not only by religious leaders, but also by economists, politicians, and everyone who’s part of the society.” Dialogue is, therefore, “a path towards the truth; it’s a miracle,” as the representative of Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Ambrogio Bongiovanni, highlighted. Dialogue does not mean using words. Dialogue means recognizing individuals’ identity and reducing the use of words not to position ourselves in favor or against anybody.

BC Issues Position Paper on the European Migration Scenario


The Budapest Centre issued its official position statement on the unprecedented migratory flow that Europe is currently facing. Following the developments through a “mass atrocities lens,” the Centre believes that the current refugee crisis can lead to marginalization, polarization, and breed radicalization and extremism within Europe itself and between Europeans and other civilizations. The Budapest Centre considers sustained dialogue as the most efficient tool to promote confidence, trust, and a culture of peace. You may read the paper here.

Budapest Centre and Guarini Institute screen “The Troublemaker” at John Cabot University


On November 4th, the Budapest Centre and the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs jointly hosted a film screening and discussion of “The Troublemaker: Behind the Scenes of the United Nations,” which is a movie that recalls a year in the life of the General Assembly through the eyes of Father Miguel D’Escoto. The speakers of the discussion were Roberto Salinas, Director of the movie, Gioia Avvantaggiato, Executive Producer, and Enrique Yeves, Director of the Office for Corporate Communications of the FAO. Dr. Le Fevre Cervini, Director of Research and Cooperation at the Budapest Centre, moderated the discussion and highlighted how Father D’Escoto was such a powerful and humane figure at the same time, capable of becoming head of the most democratically inclusive body in the world with a clear idea and mission. 

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