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August 10, 2022
Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the risk of mass atrocities has increased for vulnerable groups, including ethnic and religious minorities. The Hazara community is experiencing increasing and widespread attacks by ISIS-KP and the Taliban alongside a history of persecution, necessitating an immediate response by the US and other governments.
August 2, 2022
Real challenges remain, but the strategy represents important progress. Here's what civil society experts want to see next.
Atrocity Prevention Lessons Learned: Common Theme in New US Strategy and Simon-Skjodt Center Project
July 20, 2022
One strong theme in the new US government’s United States Strategy to Anticipate, Prevent, and Respond to Atrocities is the importance of evaluation, learning, and adaptation. These elements of the strategy reflect the same basic tenets that motivated the Simon-Skjodt Center to conduct the project, “Lessons Learned in Preventing and Responding to Mass Atrocities”—namely, that atrocity prevention efforts should be informed by what has been learned about how to accomplish this goal, and that continued learning is crucial to help address gaps in our current knowledge.
July 15, 2022
This new strategy marks the first time the US government has made public a written strategy concerning mass atrocities, signaling the potential for a stronger, more coordinated effort across the US government.
January 28, 2022
One year after Burma’s military leaders seized power in a coup, the risk of further mass atrocities against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minorities across the country is growing.
September 13, 2021
While the Taliban takeover threatens civilians across Afghanistan, the country’s women and girls and Hazara populations are at particular risk of mass atrocities. Even prior to the Taliban’s seizing control of the country, the Early Warning Project’s Statistical Risk Assessment ranked Afghanistan second in the world for the risk of a new onset of mass killing of civilians in 2020-21.
April 21, 2021
Legal expert Beth Van Schaack explains how our new Handbook can help victim groups who have experienced genocide and related mass atrocities engage members of the international community as allies in their quest for justice and accountability.
April 19, 2021
This post explains how our new Handbook, "Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups," can help victim groups use the law to obtain justice and accountability for mass atrocities, and advise them on how to effectively gather and share information with authorities in order to advance justice.
April 15, 2021
Victim groups can and should play a central role in the fight for justice for genocide and related crimes against humanity. This blog post previews how our new Handbook, “Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups” can help.
April 13, 2021
The Yezidi community has been fighting for justice for the genocide perpetrated against their community by ISIS for years. This guest blog post, by Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation, explores Yezidi survivors’ fight for justice and how our new handbook, “Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups” can help.