Throughout modern history we have just barely been able to handle the crises we have faced, so we are still a world away from prevention. This, however, is what makes urgent action on this issue that much more crucial. Over the past decade I have endeavoured to push the academic and political yardsticks forward on this file through some of the initiatives below.
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
- In September 2006, I was named Senior Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. The Institute seeks not only to uncover the underlying reasons for genocide and other crimes against humanity, but also to put forth concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they intensify and spiral into mass atrocity crimes.
United Nations Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide
- In May 2006, I was appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide by then Secretary General Kofi Annan. Chaired by Dr. David Hamburg (President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation), the Committee also includes such individuals as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Gareth Evans (former Australian Foreign Minister) and Sadako Ogata (former High Commissioner for Refugees).
All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes against Humanity