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Human Rights: The Foundation for Peace

Human Rights: The Foundation for Peace

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA) play a leading role in advancing international human rights in Congress. The two Members of Congress will draw on their experiences promoting human rights in authoritarian and violent, conflict-affected countries at USIP’s Inaugural Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue.

Human Rights; Peace Processes; Reconciliation

Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

In 2017, a half-million Rohingya fled attacks on their homes in Burma. Eight million face starvation amid Yemen’s war. Atrocities against civilians continue in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere. What lessons did we learn from the Holocaust – if any? And how can we strengthen norms and institutions to prevent future atrocities more effectively? On January 30, USIP hosted a discussion on the state of atrocity prevention with leading experts.

Human Rights; Fragility & Resilience

U.N. Human Rights Chief on His ‘Impossible Diplomacy’

U.N. Human Rights Chief on His ‘Impossible Diplomacy’

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Time: 11:30am - 4:30pm

Georgetown University's annual Trainor Award and Lecture recognizes excellence in the conduct of diplomacy. It has been awarded to senior American diplomats and distinguished public servants from around the world.  On Feb. 16, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Amb. Zeid as he received the annual Trainor Award from Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Amb. Zeid spoke on “The Impossible Diplomacy of Human Rights.”

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Global Policy; Human Rights

Implementing the ‘Kigali Principles’ for Peacekeeping

Implementing the ‘Kigali Principles’ for Peacekeeping

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Time: 4:30am - 7:30am

Communities expect U.N. peacekeepers to protect them. Currently, 97 percent of uniformed personnel in U.N. peacekeeping operations serve under mandates to protect civilians. The “Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians” are a non-binding set of pledges to implement certain best practices in peacekeeping. This event aimed to familiarize the Washington, D.C. community with the Kigali Principles, and highlight how they might be used to improve the implementation of protection of civilians’ mandates in U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Human Rights; Global Policy

Webcast: End Female Genital Mutilation

Webcast: End Female Genital Mutilation

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 / Time: 4:00am - 12:00pm

More than 200 million girls and women in 30 countries live with the medical and emotional complications of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), UNICEF estimates. As part of the United Nations’ global development goals, governments worldwide declared their intent two years ago to end this human rights violation by 2030. On December 2, USIP held a day-long conference in which expert educators, medical providers, law enforcement officials, religious leaders and others laid groundwork for an intensified global strategy that will be required to meet the 2030 goal.

Education & Training; Gender; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Human Rights

For 130 Million People, a Need for Longer-Term Relief

For 130 Million People, a Need for Longer-Term Relief

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 / Time: 4:30am - 6:00am

More than 130 million people worldwide require humanitarian assistance to survive because of crises or disasters, including violent conflict, according to the United Nations. The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May focused on how development and humanitarian institutions can cooperate to bring meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people. The discussion continued on November 14 with the U.S. Institute of Peace and leaders of the World Bank and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as they considered possible approaches such as flexible and multi-year funding, strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law, and working more closely with local communities.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Human Rights