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11 Oct 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Recent "clearance operations" by the security forces in Myanmar (Burma) constitute a policy of ethnic cleansing directed at the Rohingya population of northern Rakhine State.

11 Oct 2017 description

The "List of Shame": Children and Armed Conflict

Last Thursday, 5 October, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was presented to the UN Security Council. Many of the grave violations outlined within the report - including the recruitment of child soldiers, targeting of civilian infrastructure, and indiscriminate use of weapons in civilian areas - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

04 Oct 2017 description

Syria

Populations continue to face the threat of mass atrocity crimes committed by government forces and their allies in Syria's ongoing civil war. Various non-state armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are also committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Burundi

Populations in Burundi face a risk of potential mass atrocity crimes as systematic human rights violations and abuses continue.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Syria

After several months of decreased fighting in northwest Syria, on 19 September the Russian and Syrian governments intensified their airstrikes on opposition-held towns and villages in Idlib and Hama governorates, resulting in a drastic increase in civilian deaths. On 1 October the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that September was the deadliest month for Syrian civilians so far this year, with 955 people killed, including 207 children. At least 158 of these civilian deaths occurred in northwest Syria during the last two weeks.

29 Sep 2017 description

We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.

28 Sep 2017 description

Yemen

Fighting continues in Yemen as reports emerged this week that a bomb that was dropped on a residential building last month – killing 16 civilians, including 5 children – was manufactured in the United States. The 25 August airstrike on the building by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was allegedly the result of a “technical error,” but indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations have been a defining characteristic of the Yemen conflict with all sides routinely violating international humanitarian and human rights law.

20 Sep 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

After almost four weeks of so-called “clearance operations” by the security forces, nearly half of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population has fled the country, with more than 420,0000 people, including 250,000 children, arriving in Bangladesh since 25 August.

20 Sep 2017 description

To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 19 September 2017

RE: Renewing the Mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and Ensuring Accountability for Serious Crimes

15 Sep 2017 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

15 Sep 2017 description

Today, 15 September, the UN General Assembly voted by 113 to 21 to include a supplementary item entitled “The Responsibility to Protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” on the Formal Agenda for its 72nd session. The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect commends the General Assembly for this decision and for embracing a substantive discussion on the norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). We would also like to congratulate Australia and Ghana for their leadership of this initiative.

06 Sep 2017 description

Burundi

Populations in Burundi face a risk of potential mass atrocity crimes as ongoing human rights violations and abuses continue to destabilize the country.

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06 Sep 2017 description

Syria

Populations continue to face the threat of mass atrocity crimes committed by government forces and their allies in Syria's ongoing civil war. Various non-state armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are also committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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30 Aug 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Stateless Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma) continue to face systematic persecution that poses an existential threat to their community. Recent counter-insurgency operations and ongoing human rights violations may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

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24 Aug 2017 description

The Government of the State of Qatar, in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), co-hosted the seventh annual meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points in Doha, Qatar, from 24 to 25 April. This was the first meeting of the Global Network to take place in the Middle East region. The meeting brought together senior government officials from more than 40 countries as well as representatives from the European Union and United Nations.

23 Aug 2017 description

The government's "war on drugs" leaves civilians in the Philippines at risk of extrajudicial killings that may amount to crimes against humanity. Ongoing fighting between extremist armed groups and the government for control of the city of Marawi also puts civilians at risk of atrocities.

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