Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide The US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to #PreventGenocide.

The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs. Our goal is to make the prevention of genocide a core foreign policy priority for leaders around the world through a multipronged program of research, education, and public outreach.

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06/01/2021
Interview with Syrian Activist Amina Khoulani

Watch our interview with Amina Khoulani, founder of the organization Families For Freedom, and a survivor of the Assad regime detention and torture centers. Ms. Khoulani discusses the horrific firsthand experience she and her family endured under the Assad regime and in detention centers, her commitment upon her release to fight for the freedom of others in detention, and her pursuit of justice and accountability for the mass atrocity crimes committed.

05/28/2021
Interview with Syrian Activist Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez

Watch our interview with Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, a Syrian doctor, epidemiologist, and activist. Dr. Ekzayez discusses the challenges the Syrian medical community and first responders face in treating the victims of ​crimes against humanity in Syria—often at great danger to themselves. He also explains how the pandemic has impacted healthcare in Syria, as well as what the international community must do to end the violence and help rebuild the medical infrastructure in Syria.

05/20/2021
Burma’s Path to Genocide: Virtual Exhibition Launch for Rohingya Community

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new exhibition, Burma’s Path to Genocide, explores how the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in Burma, went from citizens to outsiders—and became targets of a sustained campaign of genocide. Burma’s Path to Genocide consists of an online exhibition and a physical exhibition located at the Museum in Washington, DC.

In October 2020, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide hosted a virtual exhibition launch in the Rohingya language for Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. During the event, Simon-Skjodt Center fellow Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု led a tour of the online exhibition and Simon-Skjodt Center experts answered questions about the development of the exhibition and the Museum’s genocide prevention work.

To view the online exhibition, visit ushmm.org/burma-genocide. To view the physical exhibition at the Museum, book tickets: ushmm.org/information/visit-the-museum/admission-tickets

05/19/2021
Burma’s Path to Genocide: Virtual Exhibition Launch for Rohingya Community

Join us TOMORROW, May 20th at 9:00 AM ET to watch Simon-Skjodt Center fellow Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု lead a virtual launch of our newest exhibit, Burma’s Path to Genocide, in the Rohingya language for refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Staff will also discuss the development of the exhibit and the Museum’s genocide prevention work.

This event is subtitled in English.

05/19/2021
Burma’s Path to Genocide: Virtual Exhibition Launch for Rohingya Community

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new exhibition, Burma’s Path to Genocide, explores how the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in Burma, went from citizens to outsiders—and became targets of a sustained campaign of genocide. Burma’s Path to Genocide consists of an online exhibition and a physical exhibition located at the Museum in Washington, DC.

In October 2020, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide hosted a virtual exhibition launch in the Rohingya language for Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. During the event, Simon-Skjodt Center fellow Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု led a tour of the online exhibition and Simon-Skjodt Center experts answered questions about the development of the exhibition and the Museum’s genocide prevention work. This event is subtitled in English.

To view the online exhibition, visit ushmm.org/burma-genocide. To view the physical exhibition at the Museum, book tickets: ushmm.org/information/visit-the-museum/admission-tickets

Burma’s Path to Genocide
05/18/2021
Burma’s Path to Genocide

Burma’s Path to Genocide

This US Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition explores how the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, went from citizens to outsiders—and became targets of a sustained campaign of genocide.

USHMM Welcomes Armenian Genocide Determination
04/27/2021
USHMM Welcomes Armenian Genocide Determination

USHMM Welcomes Armenian Genocide Determination

“Holocaust history teaches that an honest reckoning with the past is a prerequisite to understanding the present and building a better future,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield.

Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures
04/26/2021
Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures

Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures

To help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is reopening on a limited basis with new visitor requirements and safety measures in place.

New report from Rwanda finds France responsible for failing to stop the 1994 genocide despite ample warning signs of the...
04/22/2021
Rwanda report blames France for 'enabling' the 1994 genocide

New report from Rwanda finds France responsible for failing to stop the 1994 genocide despite ample warning signs of the atrocity crimes. Accountability is critical to the pursuit of justice for victims and survivors. Establishing an accurate historical record helps combat denial.

A report commissioned by the Rwandan government concludes that the French government bears “significant” responsibility for “enabling a foreseeable genocide” that left more than 800,000 dead in 1994

Legal expert Dr. Beth Van Schaack explains how our new Handbook can help victim groups who have experienced genocide and...
04/21/2021
Engaging Political & Diplomatic Actors to Advance Justice

Legal expert Dr. Beth Van Schaack explains how our new Handbook can help victim groups who have experienced genocide and related mass atrocities to engage members of the international community as allies in their quest for justice and accountability.

Advice for victims of mass atrocities on engaging members of the international community as allies in their quest for justice.

The Simon-Skjodt Center's senior legal consultant, Sareta Ashraph, explains how our new Handbook, "Pursuing Justice for ...
04/19/2021
The Essential Role of Victim Groups in Pursuing Justice

The Simon-Skjodt Center's senior legal consultant, Sareta Ashraph, explains how our new Handbook, "Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups," can help victim groups use various legal tools to obtain justice and accountability for mass atrocity crimes.

Our new Handbook advises victim groups on how to use the law to obtain justice and accountability for mass atrocities.

History shows that victims and survivors of mass atrocities are the most compelling champions for justice. Our new Handb...
04/15/2021
New Handbook on Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities

History shows that victims and survivors of mass atrocities are the most compelling champions for justice. Our new Handbook is a practical resource to help them achieve their goals. Simon-Skjodt Center legal expert, Sarah McIntosh, explains how.

History shows that victims and survivors are the most compelling champions for justice.

“Efforts to seek justice and accountability should be an important part of the healing process for Yezidi survivors. Unf...
04/13/2021
Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: Lessons from Yezidi Experience

“Efforts to seek justice and accountability should be an important part of the healing process for Yezidi survivors. Unfortunately, the justice process has wrought its own toll.”

Free Yezidi Foundation’s Pari Ibrahim discusses the Yezidi experience and how our new Handbook can help prevent over promising, under delivering, and providing false hopes to survivors of genocide and related crimes against humanity, and ensure they receive the care and justice they deserve.

This guest blog post explores Yezidi survivors’ fight for justice and how our new handbook can help.

04/07/2021
Defining an Unimaginable Crime: The Story of Raphael Lemkin

Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawyer, escaped the Nazis but lost 49 members of his family in the Holocaust. He coined the word "genocide" and devoted the last 15 years of his life to lobbying governments to recognize it as an international crime.

“Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawy...
04/06/2021

“Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawyer who fled the Nazis, asked that question. How was it not a crime to wipe out one million Armenians or six million Jews? Watch live on Facebook on Wednesday, April 7, at 11 am ET to learn how he worked to change that.

📸 United Nations

“Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawyer who fled the Nazis, asked that question. How was it not a crime to wipe out one million Armenians or six million Jews? Watch live on Facebook on Wednesday, April 7, at 11 am ET to learn how he worked to change that.

📸 United Nations

04/01/2021
Kufuatilia Haki kwa Makosa ya Ukatili Dhidi ya Binadamu: Kijitabu cha Maelezo kwa Makundi ya Waathiriwa

Makundi ya waathiriwa yanawezaje kufuatilia haki kwa mauaji ya kikabila na makosa yanayohusiana ya ukatili dhidi ya binadamu? Katika tukio la mtandaoni la uzinduzi wa kitabu kipya cha maelezo ya kielimu kilichotolewa na mpango wa Haki ya Kimataifa wa Ferencz wa Museum, tuliwauliza wanajopo wanaowakilisha jamii za waathiriwa wa Rohingya, Sudani Kusini, Uyghur na Yezidi swali hilo. Walizungumza kuhusu jukumu muhimu ambalo makundi ya waathiriwa yanaweza kutekeleza katika ufuatiliaji wa haki na jinsi kijitabu chetu kipya cha maelezo kinavyoweza kutumiwa kama mwongozo wa kufuatwa.

Wazungumzaji
Hakimu Tom Buergenthal, mwathiriwa wa Holocaust, hakimu wa zamani wa Mahakama ya Haki ya Kimataifa na mshindi wa mwaka wa 2015 wa Tuzo ya Elie Wiesel ya Museum
Naomi Kikoler, Mkurugenzi katika Kituo cha Simon-Skjodt cha Uzuiaji wa Mauaji ya Kikabila
Balozi Clint Williamson, Balozi Mkuu wa Zamani wa Marekani wa Masuala ya Uhalifu wa Kivita, Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Taasisi ya McCain

Mazungumzo ya Jopo
Rushan Abbas, mwanaharakati wa Uyghur, Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Kampeni ya Wauyghur
Pari Ibrahim, mwanaharakati wa Yezidi, Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Wakfu wa Yezidi Huru
Jame Kolok, mwanaharakati wa Sudan Kusini, Mtafiti na Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Wakfu wa Demokrasia na Uongozi wa Uwajibikaji
Sarah McIntosh (msimamizi wa jopo), Mkadiriaji wa Mpango wa Haki ya Kimataifa wa Ferencz katika Kituo cha Simon-Skjodt cha Uzuaji wa Mauaji ya Kikabila
Wai Wai Nu, mwanaharakati wa Rohingya, Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Mtandao wa Amani wa Wanawake na mwanachama wa zamani wa Kituo cha Simon-Skjodt

Angalia kijitabu cha maelezo: https://www.ushmm.org/pursuing-justice

04/01/2021
En busca de justicia por las atrocidades masivas: Un manual para grupos de víctimas

¿Cómo pueden los grupos de víctimas promover la justicia por genocidio y crímenes de lesa humanidad relacionados? En el evento virtual de lanzamiento del nuevo manual elaborado por la Iniciativa de Justicia Internacional de Ferencz del Museo, realizamos esta pregunta a los panelistas, que representaban a comunidades de sobrevivientes rohingya, sursudaneses, uigur y yezidi. En el evento, los mismos discutieron el papel central que pueden desempeñar los grupos de víctimas en la promoción de justicia y cómo nuestro nuevo manual puede servir como guía práctica para dichos fines.

Oradores invitados
Juez Tom Buergenthal, sobreviviente del Holocausto, antiguo juez de la Corte Internacional de Justicia; galardonado en 2015 con el Premio Elie Wiesel del Museo
Naomi Kikoler, directora, Centro Simon-Skjodt de Prevención de Genocidio
Embajador Clint Williamson, Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Director senior, McCain Institute

Panelistas
Rushan Abbas, activista uigur; directora ejecutiva, Campaign For Uyghurs
Pari Ibrahim, activista yezidi; directora ejecutiva, Free Yezidi Foundation
Jame Kolok, activista sur-sudanese; director ejecutivo, Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance-FODAG
Sarah McIntosh (moderadora), colaboradora de la Iniciativa de Justicia Internacional de Ferencz Centro Simon-Skjodt de Prevención de Genocidio
Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု, activista rohingya; directora ejecutiva, Women's Peace Network, y antigua becaria del Centro Simon-Skjodt

Vea al manual en inglés aquí: https://www.ushmm.org/pursuing-justice

04/01/2021
La Poursuite de la Justice pour les Atrocités de Masse: Un Guide pour les Groupes de Victimes

Comment les groupes de victimes de génocides et crimes contre l’humanité peuvent-ils faire avancer la justice? Lors de l'événement de lancement de notre nouveau guide publié par l’Initiative Ferencz pour la justice internationale du Musée, nous avons posé cette question aux panélistes qui représentaient des communautés de survivants ouïgours, rohingyas, sud-soudanais et yézidis. Les panélistes ont souligné le rôle central que les groupes de victimes peuvent jouer pour faire avancer la justice et l'utilité de notre nouveau guide comme ressource pratique pour soutenir ces efforts.

Intervenants
Juge Tom Buergenthal, survivant de l’Holocauste, ancien Juge de la Cour internationale de justice et lauréat du Prix Elie Wiesel du Musée en 2015
Naomi Kikoler, directrice du Centre Simon-Skjodt pour la Prévention de Génocides
Ambassadeur Clint Williamson, ancien Ambassadeur itinérant des États-Unis chargé des questions liées aux crimes de guerre

Panélistes
Rushan Abbas, activiste ouïghour, directrice exécutive, Campaign For Uyghurs
Pari Ibrahim, activiste yézidi, directrice exécutive, Free Yezidi Foundation
Jame Kolok, activiste sud-soudanais, chercheur et directeur exécutif, Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance-FODAG
Sarah McIntosh (modératrice du panel), associée, Initiative Ferencz pour la justice internationale du Centre Simon-Skjodt pour la Prévention de Génocides
Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု, activiste rohingya, directrice exécutive, Women's Peace Network, et ancienne boursière du Centre Simon-Skjodt pour la Prévention de Génocides

Consultez le guide en anglais ici: https://www.ushmm.org/pursuing-justice

04/01/2021
إطلاق فعالية - السعي إلى تحقيق العدالة ضد الفظائع الجماعية: كتيب لمجموعات الضحايا

كيف يمكن لمجموعات الضحايا تعزيز تحقيق العدالة إزاء جرائم الإبادة الجماعية والجرائم ذات الصلة التي ترتكب بحق الإنسانية؟ في إطار فعالية افتراضية عبر الإنترنت لإطلاق كتيب تعليمي جديد أنتجته مبادرة فيرينكز للعدالة الدولية التي أطلقها المتحف، طرحنا على أعضاء حلقة النقاش الذين يمثلون مجتمعات الناجين من الروهينجا وجنوب السودان والأويغور والإيزيديين هذا السؤال. لقد ناقشوا الدور المركزي الذي يمكن أن تؤديه مجموعات الضحايا في تعزيز تحقيق العدالة وكيف يمكن لكتيبنا الجديد أن يكون بمنزلة دليل عملي لهم.

المتحدثون
القاضي توماس بويرجنثال، أحد الناجين من محرقة الهولوكوست وقاضٍ سابق في محكمة العدل الدولية وحائز على جائزة "إيلي فيزيل" للمتحف في عام 2015
السيدة نعومي كيكولر، مديرة مركز سيمون سكجودت لمنع الإبادة الجماعية
السفير كلينت ويليامسون، سفير الولايات المتحدة السابق المتجول لقضايا جرائم الحرب ومدير أول في معهد ماكين

حلقة النقاش
روشان عباس، ناشطة أويغورية وتتولى منصب المدير التنفيذي لمؤسسة Campaign For Uyghurs
باري إبراهيم، ناشطة إيزيدية وتتولى منصب المدير التنفيذي لمؤسسة Free Yezidi Foundation
جام كولوك، ناشط من جنوب السودان وباحث ومدير تنفيذي لمؤسسة Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance-FODAG
سارة ماكنتوش (مديرة حلقة النقاش)، شريكة في مبادرة فيرينكز للعدالة الدولية في مركز سيمون سكجودت لمنع الإبادة الجماعية
واي واي نو، ناشطة من الروهينجا والمدير التنفيذي لشبكة السلام النسائية Women's Peace Network وزميلة سابقة لمركز سيمون سكجودت

عرض الكتيب https://www.ushmm.org/pursuing-justice

04/01/2021
Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups

How can victim groups advance justice for genocide and related crimes against humanity? At the virtual event launching a new educational handbook produced by the Museum’s Ferencz International Justice Initiative, we asked panelists representing Rohingya, South Sudanese, Uyghur, and Yezidi survivor communities that question. They discussed the central role that victim groups can play in advancing justice and how our new handbook can serve as a practical guide.

Speakers:
Judge Tom Buergenthal, Holocaust survivor, former Judge, International Court of Justice, and 2015 recipient of the Museum's Elie Wiesel Award
Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Ambassador Clint Williamson, Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Senior Director, McCain Institute

Panel Discussion:
Rushan Abbas, Uyghur activist, Executive Director, Campaign For Uyghurs
Pari Ibrahim, Yezidi activist, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation
Jame Kolok, South Sudanese activist, Researcher and Executive Director, Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance-FODAG
Sarah McIntosh (moderator), Associate, Ferencz International Justice Initiative in the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Wai Wai Nu ဝေဝေနု, Rohingya activist, Executive Director, Women's Peace Network, and former Simon-Skjodt Center fellow

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Thank you for putting on such a powerful and heartfelt program today on the 10 year anniversary of the Syrian conflict! Thank you to all of the speakers and presenters! May the gods watch over and protect all of those affected, and those who fight to assist. We must all continue to press forward on fighting for social justice, and bring down the terror of oppression.
My heart goes out to all the people prosecuted by authoritarianism governments! I'm old & not rich, but will donate a little I can to help people, especially the children!!! The world should do more!! 😢😢😢😢
You are so Beautiful inside and out I love your Lovely Heart's! God Bless You ALL!
Happening now....Azerbaijan backed by Turkey has waged a war on Nagorno-Karabakh and dropping bombs on civilian targets. Based on the rhetoric from Aliyev and Erdogan, they want to continue the 1915 genocide of the Armenians. #StopAzerbaijaniAggression #StopTurkishAggression #aliyevisawarcriminal #erdoganisawarcriminal
As the Communications Director for the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Center we are sharing this with you. In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020 and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and from within COVID-19 isolation, Judith Lynn Stillman, a filmmaker, composer and pianist, has created BENEATH A SILENT BLUE SKY. This Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance music video, with a talented cadre of singers, features Ms. Stillman's newly-composed poignant score. Brought to life by a diverse group of singers forming a virtual chamber choir, the words are based upon the writings of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. BENEATH A SILENT BLUE SKY delivers a powerful message at this observant time of remembrance, of paying tribute, and of contemplating destruction and resistance. When live events are able to take place again look for our Masterworks Concerts at: https://judithlynnstillman.com For more information about the film email us at: [email protected]
Please take a look at the genocide taking place in Southern Cameroons at www.ambazoniagenocidelibrary.com We were there. ///////////////////////////////////// A NONVIOLENT, NON-PARTISAN & COLLABORATIVE ORGANIZATION FOR THE INDEPENDENCE RECOGNITION, RESTORATION, AND OFFICIALIZATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF UN TRUST TERRITORY OF BRITISH SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, & FIGHT AGAINST THE GENOCIDE BY LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN ON THESE INDIGENES OUR 5 POINTS ROAD MAP:-Installing a MILITARY BUFFER ZONE between the TWO COUNTRIES-Assistance to refugees & wounded,-INDEPENDENCE CONSUMMATION-REPARATIONS FROM La République du Cameroun for the fraud of 1972 and genocide on our Peoples - LIST OF GENOCIDE Perpetrators, Benefactors & Facilitators for The Hague Public Tel /WhatsApp: +1 443 607 2040 PUBLIC TEL (not whatsapp) BARRISTER HARMONY BOBGA MBUTON : +1 240 245 7447E-mail: [email protected] www.facebook.com/groups/BritishSouthernCameroons/ www.facebook.com/groups/WeLoveBritishSouthernCameroons/ www.facebook.com/JusticePeoplesBritishSouthernCameroonsIndependence/ www.facebook.com/WeLoveBritishSouthernCameroons/ https://twitter.com/JCameroons USA Please visit www.ambazoniagenocidelibrary.com to get first hand view of the genocide on our Vulnerable Indigenous Peoples by Paul Biya's Military of La Republique du Cameroun
NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Please join us with a son of Holocaust survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma in The Presence of Their Absence. Armed with only scant clues, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, and Germany, and an unusual source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah and reconstructs his future in our new Digital HD film on your cable platforms and VOD (ITunes, Amazon, Vudu, Vimeo). With gratitude and L'Shana Tovah! #thepresenceoftheirabsence.com;#virgilfilms; #childrenofsurvivors; #secondGenerationHolocaust; #genshoah; #Holocauststudies; #shoahlegacy; #survivorsoftheshoah; #Holocausteducation; #concentrationcampsurvivors; #Holocaustresearch; #Holocaustcommission; #Holocausteducators; #shoahremembrance; #childsurvivors; #Holocaustfilms; #genocideprevention
May people never be forced to flee their homeland again due to hatred and violence. https://youtu.be/3uAnZ3u5Ly0
Very important information!