The extremist armed group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. As they confront ISIL, some Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militias are also committing possible war crimes.
Populations in the eastern and Kasaï regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo remain at imminent risk of possible mass atrocity crimes as a result of ongoing violence between security forces and various militias.
There remains a serious concern regarding the potential for a recurrence of widespread violence in Kenya in the aftermath of the August 2017 general election.
Atrocity Alert is a weekly publication by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect highlighting and updating situations where populations are at risk of, or are enduring, mass atrocity crimes.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The ninth report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) highlights the importance of strengthening accountability for the implementation of R2P and the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. This is the first report on R2P by the new Secretary-General, António Guterres, and it highlights how R2P fits within his wider prevention agenda. The report asserts that a new approach to international peace and security, including atrocity prevention, is needed.