US Genocide Prevention Initiative:
A year ago, US President Barack Obama launched the Genocide Prevention Initiative, which seeks to improve the his government’s capacity to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the 2008 Genocide Prevention task Force (GPTF), co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, pushed this initiative and made recommendations to the government, including the creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board. the aim is to improve the US’s capacity respond to early warnings of conflicts before they evolve into large-scale conflicts, mass atrocities and genocide. The creation of the board should be seen as a major step, even though a lot remains to be done. For more details on the President’s announcement, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xTGJxYp76w
Here is also a statement by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen
Following the report issued by Human Rights Watch yesterday, several interesting articles were published.
– The Monks Who Hate Muslims, Foreign Policy, Francis Wade
– Weren’t Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?, Foreign Policy, Christian Caryl
– Burma’s Rohingya’s ghettos broke my heart, Vice, Emanuel Stoakes
The Guardian also posted a video showing Burmese police standing by as Buddhist attack Muslim
An interesting New York Times article on the violence in Nigeria where heavy fighting between the army and Islamic extremists Boko Haram killed at least 185 people over the week end. The fighting in Baga (north of Nigeria, near Chad). is the first time Boko Haram has used heavy weapons. Following international reactions of shock, including from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the government has ordered a probe into the clashes to determine whether the army followed the rules of engagement. However, this type of probe is something that the military often conducts but impunity remains widespread. Results are never or rarely made public. Just before the fighting in Baga, the military got report of Boko Haram activities in the area and tried to arrest the suspected Boko Haram members in a mosque. According to soldiers, Boko Haram activists attacked them, one soldier was killed, leading the army to reply. Killing ensued. The area has been very insecure for a long time and it is only escalating.