During this week’s Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief, held in Warsaw, a Virtual Side Event examined the failure to provide mechanisms for holding States to account when accused of crimes against humanity and genocide. You can watch the Symposium here:

Nov 19, 2020 | Uncategorized

During this week’s Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief, held in Warsaw, a Virtual Side Event examined the failure to provide mechanisms for holding States to account when accused of crimes against humanity and genocide. You can watch the Symposium here:

There are, at least, two states which currently stand accused of playing a role in genocide against religious minority groups; Myanmar, where the military stands accused of perpetrating genocide against the Rohingya Muslims and China whose government is allegedly perpetrating genocide against the Uighur Muslims. In both cases, the allegations are disputed by their respective governments and it is correct to say that the allegations are yet to be proven. Such a (final) legal determination needs to be made by an independent tribunal. This may take years. Yet, in the meantime, the nature of the atrocities roam the grey space as states do little to make their interim determinations of genocide to inform their responses. The question is then how do states fulfil their duties under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to prevent and suppress genocide and punish the perpetrators. Specifically, how do states fulfil their duty to prevent that, according to the International Court of Justice, should be triggered ‘at the instant that the State learns of, or should normally have learned of, the existence of a serious risk that genocide will be committed.’ 

Speakers included: 

Lord Alton of Liverpool, Peer at the UK House of Lords, Patron of the Coalition for Genocide Response 

Nadine Maenza, Advocate for International Religious Freedom, USCIRF Commissioner

Aarif Abraham, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers 

Watch full webinar here

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