Mass Atrocities, Prevention and Punishment: Lessons learned from the Yazidi and Rohingya cases

The Rohingya and Yazidi cases are among the most recent examples that fulfillment of the double goal of preventing and punishing mass atrocities are still daunting. On 6 September, we discuss why and what a way forward may be.

Foto: Håvard Bjelland

The UN Genocide Convention was adopted in 1948 with the double goal of preventing and punishing the most serious atrocities. The Rohingya and the Yazidi cases are among the most recent examples that fulfillment of these goals are still daunting. Why were the mass atrocities against these groups not prevented?  Why is accountability still pending?

To address these questions, The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies in Oslo will host an open international conference on September 6th. The conference will address the issue of prevention, documentation and accountability for a broad audience, addressing the Rohingya and Yazidi cases comparatively.

International speakers include:

  • Nickey Diamond, Fortify Rights , Myanmar
  • Sebastiaan Verelst, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, previously UN Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar
  • Sareta Ashraph,  Chief Analyst on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria
  • Dr. Mamou Farhan Othman, Vice-Dean,
Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology, University of Duhok, Iraq

The conference is organized by HL-senteret with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference will be held in English.
 

Please register here.

 

Full programme:

8.30-9.00     Coffee and registration

9.00-9.15     Welcome: Director Guri Hjeltnes

9.15-10.45   Panel 1: Why were the mass atrocities against the Rohingya not prevented? Moderator: Ellen Stensrud

  • Nickey Diamond, Myanmar human rights expert, Fortify Rights
  • Audun Aagre, Norwegian Myanmar Committee
  • Cecilia Jacob, Australian National University

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Panel 2: Documentation and justice in the aftermath of genocide – the Yazidi case in a comparative perspective. Moderator: Ingvill Plesner

  • Sareta Ashraph, UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria
  • Cecilie Hellestveit, Norwegian Academy of International Law
  • Mamou Farhan Othman, Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology, University of Duhok, Iraq
  • Sebastiaan Verelst, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, previously UN Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar

12.45 Wrap up and concluding remarks

 

Publisert 21. aug. 2019 12:23 - Sist endret 29. aug. 2019 16:23