After a year of war, civilians in Ukraine have suffered horrific crimes and face ongoing risks that may worsen depending on the trajectory of the conflict. A rare source of hope may be the strides being made by Ukrainian and international actors in advancing justice.
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We asked experienced practitioners: What makes targeted sanctions more likely to prevent atrocities?
As part of our “Lessons Learned in Preventing and Responding to Mass Atrocities” project, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide interviewed experienced practitioners working on targeted sanctions in the US government to summarize experiential knowledge about the use of targeted sanctions to help prevent mass atrocities.
Women and girls in Afghanistan are enduring deepening human rights violations and waves of violence. A group of UN experts says the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls may amount to gender persecution, a crime against humanity.
Civilians in Ethiopia have suffered war crimes and crimes against humanity over the past two years of armed conflict, including targeting on the basis of real or perceived identity. The Simon-Skjodt Center urges vigilance as civilians continue to face attacks despite an agreement to cease hostilities.
To help policy makers and researchers seeking to understand the key findings from our Lessons Learned project, we distill and summarize evidence about success factors associated with the effectiveness of atrocity prevention tools.
Pakistan, Yemen, and Burma/Myanmar top the list of countries at risk for new mass killing in 2022 or 2023, according to the Early Warning Project’s latest annual Statistical Risk Assessment.
On October 11, 2022, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide convened a private roundtable with presentations by three Ukraine experts to discuss potential scenarios of mass atrocity escalation in Ukraine and preventive options for policy makers. This blog distills key themes from the discussion.
On November 2, following formal peace talks mediated by the African Union, the Ethiopian government and regional forces from Tigray have agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities. But will justice follow peace in Ethiopia?
Remarks by Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at an event on Syria, held at the British Embassy in Washington DC.
Reflections on the horror of the 2013 chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime on Ghouta and the many lives lost, and the numerous other attacks, using chemical and conventional weapons, launched on its own people by a regime, still in power and rooted in impunity.