Our goal is the full implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, and the global prosecution of all persons who are guilty of committing grave human rights violations. We are actively engaged in holding Germany and the European Union accountable for their international responsibility to prevent mass atrocities. Genocide Alert lobbies for human rights and advocates for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts as well as for the protection of vulnerable groups from systemic violence in times of peace. In this context, Genocide Alert confronts past, present and imminent mass atrocity crimes. We address those situations where international pressure is needed the most, but difficult to build.
Our work is marked by Germany’s history, which teaches us to never look away from systematic human rights violations. The mass atrocity crimes in Ruanda, Bosnia and Darfur show that systematic breaches of the international humanitarian law and of human rights have occurred times and times again and – as in the case of Darfur – shamefully continue to persist. New incidents of mass atrocities continue to expose that political decision-makers in the United Nations, the European Union and the German government still all too often react in an insufficient manner.
Through active human rights lobbying, critical public outreach and scientific expertise, Genocide Alert contributes its part to support political decisions-makers from the national and international level in meeting their responsibility to prevent mass atrocity crimes faster and better. We want to sharpen the awareness in Germany that it is necessary to develop effective tools for the prevention and prosecution of mass atrocities.