Open Letter of Concern to Governments on Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide Against Uyghurs in China

We, the undersigned human rights and genocide prevention organizations, and individual practitioners, are deeply concerned over mounting evidence that Chinese government policies targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim-majority peoples in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China strongly suggests that crimes against humanity and genocide are taking place.

The international community has the responsibility to respond to these crimes and protect Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples through diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means. The atrocities being perpetrated are no less egregious if they are found to constitute one international crime or another.

Under the guise of curbing religious and political extremism, the Chinese government has intensified widespread and systematic policies to repress Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples on the basis of their religious and ethnic identities. The atrocities include arbitrary detention of between 1 and 1.8 million people in internment camps, a widespread program of political indoctrination, enforced disappearances, destruction of cultural sites, forced labour, disproportionate rates of prison incarceration, and coercive birth prevention campaigns and policies.

UN human rights experts have raised serious concerns about “increasing practices of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, absence of judicial oversight and procedural safeguards within an increasingly securitized environment, particularly for designated minorities, notably Uyghurs” and that “these centers, due to their coercive character, amount to detention centers.”

Observers have referred to “a notable trend of enforced disappearances of Uyghurs,” the widespread destruction of Uyghur mosques, graveyards and other cultural sites, and the subjection of at least 80,000 Uyghurs to conditions that strongly indicate forced labour since 2017.

Most recently, reports have documented Chinese government policies intending to reduce birth rates among Uyghurs including involuntary abortions and sterilizations. In 2018, 80 percent of all IUD placements in China were performed on women in the Uyghur Region, despite the region making up only about 1.8 percent of China’s total population. The forced separation of an unknown number of Uyghur children from their parents has also been documented by human rights groups since 2018.

These measures meet the threshold of acts constitutive of genocide, core international crimes under the Genocide Convention, which prohibits “imposing measures intended to prevent births” among an ethnic or religious group. We also believe that the Chinese government may be perpetrating the following acts prohibited under the Genocide Convention: causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

These measures are also consistent with crimes against humanity, an international crime under the Rome Statute, including the persecution against an identifiable group on racial, ethnic, and religious grounds, forced population transfers, enforced disappearances, and deprivation of liberty in violation of international law

Signatories of this letter urge states to:

  1. Convene a special session at the UN Human Rights Council to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations taking place in the Uyghur Region and develop strategies to end these violations.
  2. Implement commitments on atrocity and genocide prevention through bilateral and multilateral diplomacy efforts.
  3. Independently investigate and make appropriate legal determinations regarding the treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim-majority peoples in China.It is our collective responsibility to protect populations from mass atrocities, including crimes against humanity and genocide. We must act now to prevent further atrocities against this long-persecuted group.

Yours sincerely,

Aegis Trust
Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Atrocity Forecasting Project
Coalition for Genocide Response
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Genocide Alert
Genocide Watch
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Institute for the Study of Genocide
Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University
Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
The Jo Cox Foundation
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
Remembering Srebrenica
René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights
Society for Threatened Peoples
Protection Approaches
Uyghur Human Rights Project
Waging Peace
World Without Genocide
Mehnaz M. Afridi, Director, Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College
Daniel Feierstein, Director, Center for Studies on Genocide, National University of Tres de Febrero
Jocelyn Getgen, Director, Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic
Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Associate Professor, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Zachary D. Kaufman, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Houston Law Center
Peter McBride, Director, The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Christoph Meyer, Professor of European & International Politics, King’s College London
Maxim A. Pensky, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University
Nadia M. Rubaii, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University
David Simon, Director, Yale Genocide Studies Program Karen E. Smith, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
Gregory Stanton, President, Genocide Watch
John Sturtz, Associate Professor, Education & Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Ernesto Verdeja, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
James E. Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Andrew Woolford, Former President, International Association of Genocide Scholars

Joint NGO Statement on Iraq to Commemorate International Day for Victims of Acts of Violence Basedon Religion or Belief, 22 August 2020

On this day set aside to commemorate victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief around the world, we stand together as civil society actors to honour those who have been persecuted and killed in Iraq for their religion or beliefs. Since the 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq has suffered internecine conflict and state collapse, degrading a once rich cradle of ancient ethno-religions and cultures. The Christian population, including ethnic Assyrians, which numbered around 1.5 million at the start of this century, has been reduced to a mere 200,000 today. Other minority communities such as Yazidis, Sabean-Mandaeans, Turkmen, Kak’ais, and Shabaks have faced existential threats in recent years.

ISIS exploited the concomitant deterioration of religious freedoms as part of their genocidal campaign against ethno-religious minorities across the Sinjar region and the Nineveh plains. The targeted violence sought to erase the presence of religious minorities in Iraq altogether, and particularly of the Yazidis, decried by ISIS as devilworshippers. ISIS executed those who refused religious conversion, and destroyed countless shrines, churches, temples, and other cultural sites. The effects of religious discrimination against minorities are widespread and intergenerational, as many of the displaced are reluctant to return to their ancestral lands for fear of religious persecution. This situation is compounded by the presence of militia groups in the Sinjar region and Nineveh plains and failures to meaningfully address governance concerns.

We welcome the efforts already taken to safeguard religious freedom and to counter narratives of violent extremism in Iraq, such as the Interfaith Statement on the Victims of ISIL endorsed by religious leaders from the Christian, Sunni, Shia and Yazidi communities, and supported by the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. However, without justice and accountability for past atrocities, religious communities will continue to face persecution and the threat of repeated violence. Improving religious freedom is linked to holding perpetrators of genocide accountable, to providing secure conditions of return for minority communities, and to supporting those who have experienced the trauma of religious violence that drove them from their homeland.

We urge the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government, the United Nations, and the wider international community to take the following steps:

  1. To adopt legislation that ensures reparations for survivors and delivers justice for victims of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
  2. To empower groups working towards social cohesion such as the Yazidi Survivor Network and the Iraq Religious Freedom Roundtable to advocate for their own interests.
  3. To promote religious education across Iraq by means of cultural events and activities that inform the population about minority communities; integrate education about religious minorities in the Iraqi school curriculum to combat misinformation.
  4. To implement innovative approaches to promote religious and cultural diversity, including community-based approaches using art and virtual reality technology, such as the Nobody’s Listening exhibition.
  5. For UNITAD and the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect to facilitate a follow-up conference to broaden the endorsement for the Interfaith Statement by other religious communities. The international community should expand its support for the investigative activities of UNITAD.


1. Aegis Trust (Rwanda/United Kingdom)
2. Air Bridge Iraq – Luftbrücke Irak (Germany)
3. AlRafidain Peace Organization (Iraq)
4. American Islamic Congress (United States of America)
5. Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (Australia)
6. Assyrian Policy Institute (United States of America)
7. AdvanceUSA (United States of America)
8. Central Council of Yazidi in Germany – Zentralrats der Êzîden in Deutschland (Germany)
9. Citizen Power Initiatives for China (United States of America)
10. CSW (United Kingdom)
11. Coalition for Genocide Response (United Kingdom)
12. Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience (France)
13. Défense sans frontière Avocats solidaires (France)
14. European Interreligious Forum For Religious Freedom (France)
15. Eyzidi Organization for Documentation (Iraq)
16. Ezidis Worldwide – Eziden Weltweit e.V (Germany)
17. Genocide Alert (Germany)
18. Ghasin Alzaiton Organization for Youth (Iraq)
19. Global Jothoor Foundation (United States of America)
20. International Christian Foundation for Democracy (United States of America)
21. International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (United States of America)
22. International Dialogue Research and Awareness Centre (Pakistan)
23. International Organization to Preserve Human Rights (United States of America)
24. Institute for Global Engagement (United States of America)
25. Iraq Religious Freedom Religious Roundtable (Iraq)
26. Iraqi National Center for Counter Hatred (Iraq)
27. Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights (Germany/Iraq)
28. Jubilee Campaign (United States of America)
29. Masarat (Iraq)
30. Minority Rights Group International (United Kingdom)
31. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Canada)
32. Nadia’s Initiative (Iraq/United States of America)
33. Nineveh Center for Minority Rights (Iraq)
34. Nuhanovic Foundation (The Netherlands)
35. Operation Hope (Australia)
36. Panaga Organization for Education (Iraq)
37. Project Abraham (Canada)
38. RASHID International e.V.
39. Refcemi (United Kingdom)
40. Religious Freedom Coalition (United States of America)
41. Religious Freedom Institute (United States of America)
42. Roads of Success (United States of America)
43. Shlomo Organization for Documentation (Iraq)
44. Sunrise Organization for Civil Society Development (Iraq)
45. TAJDID Iraq Foundation for Economic Development (Iraq)
46. Trauma Treatment International (United Kingdom)
47. World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (United States of America)
48. Voice Of Ezidis (France)
49. Yazda (Iraq/United States of America)
50. Yazidi Legal Network (The Netherlands)
51. Yezidi Emergency Support (United Kingdom)
52. Youth Bridge Development Organization (Iraq)
53. Zarok e. V. (Germany/Iraq)


Internationaler Tag der Gerechtigkeit: Without Justice and Recognition the Genocide by ISIS Continues

Anlässlich des heutigen Internationalen Tages für Gerechtigkeit, auch bekannt als International Justice Day, ruft Genocide Alert gemeinsam mit 36 weiteren Organisationen zur Anerkennung, Aufarbeitung und Bestrafung des vom sogenannten Islamischen Staat an den Jesiden durchgeführten Völkermordes sowie zur Unterstützung von JesidInnen auf. Der International Justice Day markiert den Jahrestag der Annahme des Römischen Statuts am 17. Juli 1998. Das Statut bildet die vertragliche Grundlage des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs (IStGH), dessen Zuständigkeit Völkermord, Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, Kriegsverbrechen und Verbrechen der Aggression umfasst. Der IStGH ist komplementär zu nationalem Recht. Nur wenn das nationale Recht eines Staates nicht greift, wird ein Fall an den Den Haager Gerichtshof überstellt.

Die gemeinsame Erlärung (auch als PDF auf Englisch und Arabisch verfügbar):


Without Justice and Recognition the Genocide by ISIS Continues

Joint NGO Statement to Commemorate International Justice Day, 17 July 2020

Following its capture of Mosul on 10 June 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to target northern Iraq’s ethno-religious minorities, as well as members of the Sunni community who stood in opposition or were perceived to be insufficiently supportive of ISIS and its ideology. In August 2014 ISIS swept across Sinjar and the Nineveh Plains, attacking indigenous Yazidis, Christians (including ethnic Assyrians), Turkmen and other ethno-religious minorities. ISIS went to considerable lengths to eliminate the Yazidi people, killing the men and adolescent boys, and abducting thousands of women and children. Young boys were indoctrinated and forced to fight for ISIS, while women and girls as young as nine were enslaved and sold as chattel to ISIS fighters.

Those held captive suffered sustained sexual violence under an organized system of sexual enslavement, were beaten, and forced to labour. ISIS had long been explicit about its intention to wipe out the Yazidi community, which it reviled as infidels and idol-worshippers. This intent, visible in the violations and public utterances of ISIS, is also evident in the group’s systematic destruction of Yazidi religious and cultural heritage sites. As determined by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry, ISIS committed genocide in its multi-faceted attacks on the Yazidis, whose suffering is ongoing.

Communal cohesion has been significantly undermined, and there is a considerable risk that cultural heritage and religious traditions may disappear forever. Countless temples, churches, and holy sites have been destroyed, tens of thousands of civilians remain in squalid IDP camps across northern Iraq, too fearful to return to their ancestral lands. Nearly 3,000 women and children remain missing, with many believed to be in captivity. Recent attacks by residual elements of ISIS highlight the grave threat faced by civilians in Iraq today.

It is the legal and moral responsibility of all governments to act in accordance with the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The new Iraqi Government and the international community must work together to bring ISIS to justice. This includes supporting and working closely with UNITAD in fulfilling its mandate to investigate the atrocities and empowering survivor groups such as the Yazidi Survivor Network. In addition, all governments should undertake the necessary legal analysis to recognize the genocide and prosecute their citizens who joined ISIS and perpetrated atrocity crimes in Iraq and Syria. The prosecution of perpetrators – as in the trial of Taha A.J. in Frankfurt, Germany – and the formal recognition of the genocide are key measures in preventing future atrocity crimes and in countering violent extremism.

International Justice Day should serve as a warning to all perpetrators that they will face their time in court and be brought to justice for their heinous crimes. ISIS cannot be considered a defeated enemy whilst it continues to escape justice. Now is the time to put an end to impunity.

List of signatories:

  1. Air Bridge Iraq – Luftbrücke Irak (Germany)
  2. Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (Australia)
  3. Assyrian Policy Institute (United States of America)
  4. Center for Justice and Accountability (United States of America)
  5. Central Council of Yazidi in Germany – Zentralrats der Êzîden in Deutschland (Germany)
  6. Coalition for Genocide Response (United Kingdom)
  7. Défense Sans Frontière Avocats Solidaires (France)
  8. European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (United Kingdom)
  9. Eyzidi Organization for Documentation (Iraq)
  10. Families of the Missing (United States of America)
  11. Free Yezidi Foundation (Iraq/The Netherlands)
  12. Genocide Alert (Germany)
  13. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect  (United States)
  14. (Germany)
  15. Hope Makers Organization for Woman (Iraq)
  16. International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue (France)
  17. Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights (Iraq)
  18. Minority Rights Group International (United Kingdom)
  19. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Canada)
  20. Nadia’s Initiative (Iraq/United States of America)
  21. Nineveh Center for Minority Rights (Iraq)
  22. Nuhanovic Foundation (The Netherlands)
  23. Project Abraham (Canada)
  24. Rainbow Organization for Child Protection (Iraq)
  25. Road to Peace (United Kingdom)
  26. Sanabl Al Mostakbal (Iraq)
  27. Society for Threatened Peoples – Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker-International (Germany)
  28. Shlomo Organization for Documentation (Iraq)
  29. STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities (United States of America)
  30. Sunrise Organization for Civil Society Development (Iraq)
  31. Trauma Treatment International (United Kingdom)
  32. Women’s Refugee Commission (United States of America)
  33. Voice Of Ezidis (France)
  34. Yazda (Iraq/United States of America)
  35. Yazidi Legal Network (The Netherlands)
  36. YES- Yezidi Emergency Support (UK)
  37. Youth Bridge Development Organization (Iraq)


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Offener Brief an die Regierungen der Welt zur Unterstützung der Arbeit zur Prävention von Gräueltaten während der COVID-19-Pandemie

Die Corona-Pandemie droht diejenigen mit am härtesten zu treffen, die ohnehin kaum Schutz genießen und die bereits anderen Bedrohungen ausgesetzt sind. Genocide Alert hat daher gemeinsam mit dem Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (USA) und Protection Approaches (Großbritannien) einen offenen Brief an die Regierungen der Welt verfasst. Über 50 weitere Nichtregierungsorganisation haben unterzeichnet.

Trotz der drängenden Krisenlage einer globalen Pandemie dürfen staatliche Akteure ihre Aufmerksamkeit und Finanzierung jetzt nicht von der Prävention von Gräueltaten abwenden. Vielmehr ist es gerade jetzt an der Zeit, dieser Arbeit Priorität einzuräumen und sie mit an die Spitze der politischen Agenda zu setzen. Die Pandemie kann wie ein Katalysator auf bereits existierende Risiken und Spannungen wirken und etwa die Diskriminierung von Bevölkerungsgruppen und identitätsbasierte Gewalttaten weiter anheizen. Umso dringender ist es, der Prävention von Gräueltaten auch während der Pandemie oberste Priorität einzuräumen und Risikfaktoren entsprechend zu adressieren.

Hier der Brief im englischen Wortlaut:


Open Letter to the Governments of the World to Support the Work of Atrocity Prevention during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dear Governmental Partners in Prevention,

As we remember the victims of past genocides and other mass atrocities over the course of Genocide Awareness Month this April, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that are dedicated to the prevention of such crimes are urging you to continue supporting our shared mission during the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

This global emergency will hit the world’s vulnerable and most marginalized hardest. The crisis also threatens the future of many of the very organizations that serve to prevent and protect those people from persecution and mass atrocities. As experts in the prevention of these terrible crimes we urge governments around the world to show foresight in recognizing these risks, and leadership by supporting their domestic and international NGOs to meet this unprecedented challenge together.

Our organizations are acutely aware of the destabilization and uncertainty brought about by global crises. They can have a devastating effect on societies, placing extraordinary pressure on the institutions that prevent social upheaval while exacerbating the risk factors that make atrocities and the targeting of identity groups more likely. As the virus spreads, vulnerable groups are put in greater jeopardy in all regions of the world underlining that the prevention of identity-based violence is needed everywhere and at all times. However, these processes have increasingly worse impacts in societies that are already otherwise fragile or vulnerable. In these scenarios, society-wide crises like this pandemic can serve as a trigger or as justification for mass violence.

Furthermore, these are not dynamics that function independently of one another. Just as the instability of this global pandemic elevates risk for mass violence, so too would an outbreak of mass violence have a confounding effect on our collective capacity to counter COVID-19. Likewise, integrating conflict-sensitive approaches into responses to the pandemic and its consequences will help mitigate COVID-19-related hate and identity-based violence.

Our shared responsibility of preventing genocide and other mass atrocities continues to be as essential as it has ever been.

The critical nature of government support for and participation in the work of atrocity prevention by NGOs cannot be understated. It is only with your continued funding and engagement that we may remain effective in protecting those most vulnerable in our societies from mass atrocities during this time of heightened risk.

Governments of the world can take the following actions to ensure atrocity prevention efforts not only remain robust, but may also be expanded in this period of great need:

  1. Provide emergency general operating support to atrocity prevention NGOs to allow us to continue our essential work;
  2. Fund programming to address risk factors for mass atrocities that are accelerated by the pandemic and its consequences;
  3. Provide easy to access, quick release funds for smaller NGOs and community-led responses to elevated risk factors of identity-based violence and mass atrocities;
  4. Support the types of programming that we are able to implement in the midst of the pandemic, including, but not limited to, establishing new means of communication, network building, and delivery; online education courses, research projects and technical assistance programs; innovative cross-sector programming that sees the integration of atrocity prevention into COVID-19 responses; and
  5. Make flexible provision within all grants to enable atrocity prevention NGOs to accommodate the new reality of working in a period of restricted movement, high levels of staff absence, and amid a period of collective as well as individual grief.

Even with the pressing concern of a global pandemic, now is not the time for state actors to turn their attention and funding away from atrocity prevention. In fact, now is the moment to prioritize this work, placing it at the top of the policy agenda. The pandemic, with its potential to serve as a trigger for mass violence, makes atrocity prevention more urgent than ever.

We thank you for your partnership in this shared mission.



Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

New York, Oświęcim, Buenos Aires, and Kampala

Genocide Alert


Protection Approaches


  • Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Brisbane
  • Atrocity Forecasting Project Canberra
  • Aware Girls Pakistan
  • Beni Peace Forum Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Bureau de Soutien pour la Consolidation de la Paix en RDC (BS-RDC) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Burma Campaign UK London
  • Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Toronto
  • Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) New York
  • Center for Peacebuilding Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Center for the Study of Democracy Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania Bucharest, Romania
  • Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Citizens for Global Solutions Washington, D.C.
  • Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES) Buenos Aires and Panamá
  • Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College Keene, New Hampshire
  • The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights (EIHR) Washington, D.C.
  • European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Leeds
  • Fondation Chirezi (FOCHI) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Fundación Luisa Hairabedian Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Fundația Danis Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Fundația Noi Orizonturi Lupeni Romania
  • Free Yezidi Foundation Amsterdam, New York, Duhok
  • Genocide Studies Program, Yale University, New Haven, United States
  • Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect New York
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Trust United Kingdom
  • “Impreuna” Agency for Community Development Bucharest, Romania
  • Institute for the Study of Genocide, New York City
  • Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University (I-GMAP) Binghamton, New York
  • International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) New York
  • Invisible Children Washington, D.C.
  • The Jo Cox Foundation London
  • Justice Access Point Uganda
  • Local Initiative for Peace and Protection Beni North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • MARUAH, Singapore
  • Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) Montreal
  • National Partnership of Children and Youth in Peacebuilding (NPCYP) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Nobody’s Listening London
  • Peace Direct London
  • Peace Forum Africa Kampala
  • Peace Initiative Network Kano, Nigeria
  • Rights for Peace London
  • Roma National Council (RNV) Croatia
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Society for Threatened Peoples Göttingen, Germany
  • Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice London
  • Stanley Center for Peace and Security London
  • Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (SPADO)Pakistan
  • Syria Solidarity UK
  • Tattaaunawa Roundtable Initiative (TRICentre) Jos, Nigeria
  • Tolerance Project Inc, New York City
  • Union des Juristes Engagés pour les Opprimés, la Paix et le Développement (UJEOPAD RDC) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Waging Peace London
  • World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) New York and The Hague
  • Yazda Lincoln, Houston, Duhok, Baghdad, et al.


If you would like to add the support of your organization to this open letter, please contact the Auschwitz Institute (, Genocide Alert (, or Protection Approaches.

» Media and Communications Guidance document that contains useful information and links for disseminating this open letter (pdf)

Ruanda-Veranstaltungsankündigung: GA bei Fachgespräch der Grünen, 01.04.2019 15-19 Uhr (Bundestag)

Unter dem Titel „25 Jahre seit dem Völkermord in Ruanda – Genozidprävention damals und heute“ wird die Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis90/Die Grünen am 1. April 2019 von 15:00 Uhr – 18:00 Uhr ein Fachgespräch zu Lücken und Lehren der Aufarbeitung in Deutschland und in der Weltgemeinschaft abhalten. Als Geschäftsführer von Genocide Alert e.V. wird Jens Stappenbeck am Panel zu „Internationale und Europäische Genozidprävention – wie geht es weiter?“ teilnehmen. Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich. Eine Anmeldung ist für den Zugang zum Bundestag erforderlich.


Menschenrechtszeugnis 2017 für Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

„Grüne Top, AfD Flop“: Genocide Alert veröffentlicht Menschenrechtszeugnis zur Bundestagswahl 2017

Genocide Alert wählt neuen Vorstand

Bereits zum 10. Mal wurde Dr. Robert Schütte am 22. April 2017 einstimmig als Vorstandsvorsitzender bestätigt. Erneut in den Vorstand gewählt wurden auf der Jahreshauptversammlung Mira Ballmaier, Gregor Hofmann, Emilia von Mettenheim und Jens Stappenbeck. Alena Beutler stellte sich nach langjähriger Mitarbeit nicht mehr zur Wahl. Ihr folgt Jessica von Farkas in den Vorstand.


Genocide Alert veröffentlicht Jahresbericht 2015

Im Genocide Alert Jahresbericht 2015 können sich Mitglieder und Interessierte über unsere Projekte und Erfolge im vergangenen Jahr informieren. Darin enthalten ist unter anderem ein ausführlicher Bericht über die Srebrenica-Veranstaltungsreihe, welche 2015 anlässlich des Jahrestages des Völkermordes in Srebrenica umgesetzt werden konnte.

Zudem wird über die Veröffentlichungen von Genocide Alert informiert. Auch dieses Jahr stießen besonders die Genocide Alert Policy Briefs in Politik, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft auf großes Interesse.
Besonders hervorzuheben ist der erst kürzlich Anfang 2016 gestartete Genocide Alert Monitor zu weltweiten Massenverbrechen, der vierteljährlich über weltweite Krisensituationen berichtet und mit großer, positiver Resonanz aufgenommen wurde.

Schlussendlich können sich Interessierte über die Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten bei Genocide Alert informieren und einen Blick auf die geplanten Vorhaben in 2016 werfen. Wir freuen uns über Ihr Interesse.

Hier kann der Jahresbericht als PDF eingesehen und gespeichert werden.

Genocide Alert wählt neuen Vorstand

Dr. Robert Schütte als Vorsitzender bestätigt, Emilia von Mettenheim und Mira Ballmaier komplettieren Vereinsführung.

Mitglieder aus Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg und Amsterdam kamen am 20. Februar zur Jahreshauptversammlung des Vereines zusammen. Das erfolgreiche Jahr 2015 wurde reflektiert und das Srebrenica-Projekt sowie der von Genocide Alert in 2016 gelaunchte R2P-Monitor wurden hoch gelobt. Auch in die Zukunft wurde geschaut und bei Treffen mit Christoph Strässer (ehemaliger Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Menschenrechte und Humanitäre Interventionen) und Christina Lüttich (Adopt a Revolution, Bidayyat) wurden Anregungen für 2016 mitgenommen.


Berlin, 05.03.2016 – Ende Februar kamen die Vereinsmitglieder von Genocide Alert zur Jahreshauptversammlung 2016 in Berlin zusammen. Neben Teilnehmern die in Berlin vor Ort waren sind Mitglieder u.a. aus Frankfurt, Amsterdam und Hamburg angereist.

Dr. Robert Schütte, Vorstandsvorsitzender von Genocide Alert berichtete von einem sehr erfolgreichen Jahr 2015. Hervorgehoben wurden die Veranstaltungsreihe zum Jahrestag des Genozids in Srebrenica, die unter Leitung von Gregor Hofmann durchgeführt wurde. Neben zwei Workshops für Studenten wurde eine Podiumsdiskussion in Berlin durchgeführt.

Auch der im Januar 2016 gelaunchte R2P-Monitor, der unter Leitung von Jens Stappenbeck umgesetzt wird, wurde gelobt. Die dort eingebundenen Mitarbeiter von Genocide Alert haben bereits in 2015 durch vielfältige Hintergrundarbeit und Recherche an dem Projekt gearbeitet, welches seit seiner Veröffentlichung große Resonanz erhielt.

Auch 2016 wurde ein neuer Vorstand gewählt. Dr. Robert Schütte wurde erneut im Amt des Vorstandsvorsitzenden bestätigt. Aus dem Vorstand des Vorjahres wurden Jens Stappenbeck, Gregor Hofmann und Alena Beutler erneut gewählt. Hannes Krüger und Sarah Brockmeier stellten sich nach langjähriger Mitarbeit im Vorstand nicht mehr zur Wahl. Für sie wurden Emilia von Mettenheim und Mira Ballmaier in den Vorstand gewählt.

Der neue Vorstand bedankte sich bei Hannes Krüger, Christoph Schlimpert und Sarah Brockmeier für ihr Engagement und ihre Unterstützung. Sarah Brockmeier war jahrelang als aktives Mitglied im Vorstand eine Bereicherung für die Arbeit des Vereines und war durch ihr fundiertes Wissen und ihre innovative Ideen eine treibende Kraft. Hannes Krüger hat durch seine strukturierte Arbeitsweise immer den Überblick behalten und den Verein mit seiner Arbeit sehr bereichert. Christoph Schlimpert hat sich durch die Leitung der Arbeitsgruppe sehr um die programmatische Weiterentwicklung des Vereins verdient gemacht und hat sich nach fünf Jahren auf dem Vorstand zurückgezogen.

Wir freuen uns, dass sie dem Verein weiterhin als Mitglieder erhalten bleiben.

Wer Interesse hat, sich 2016 für Menschenrechte und eine Welt ohne Völkermord zu engagieren, ist herzlich eingeladen, sich bei Genocide Alert einzubringen.


Genocide Alert e.V. veröffentlicht ersten Bericht über die weltweite Entwicklung von Massenverbrechen

Der vierteljährlich erscheinende Bericht richtet sich an politische Entscheidungsträger, Medien und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit. Er ist unter erreichbar.


Berlin, 15. Januar 2016. Der neue Genocide Alert Monitor berichtet vierteljährlich über die Entwicklungen von Massenverbrechen wie Völkermord und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit. Er schließt damit eine Informationslücke im deutschsprachigen Raum und soll zu einer besseren Prävention von Massenverbrechen führen.

„Zu oft verliert die Politik Krisen aus den Augen, wenn die Medien aufhören zu berichten. Mit unserem Genocide Alert Monitor wollen wir neben medial ausgeleuchteten Fällen auch auf solche Massenverbrechen aufmerksam machen, die nicht länger in Fokus stehen. Hierzu zählen unter anderem Darfur, Südsudan oder auch Nordkorea“, so Robert Schütte, Vorsitzender von Genocide Alert e.V.

Der Monitor ist als zweiseitiger Bericht sowie als Hintergrundseite unter zugänglich. Neben aktuellen Berichten und einer interaktiven Karte finden sich dort auch Analysen zu Massenverbrechen, Konflikthintergründen und Akteuren. Der Monitor ordnet Fälle als Notstand, Krise oder Warnung ein und verbreitert so den Fokus auch auf die Prävention, anstatt ausschließlich auf stattfindende Massenverbrechen zu verweisen.