The field of atrocity crimes prevention has witnessed a trend over the previous three to four years in which states around the world are employing a new approach to the development and implementation of preventive policies. This trend has partly manifested in the establishment of what are called National Mechanisms for Atrocity Crimes Prevention. The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) among others, through its work supporting governments and their institutions to develop or strengthen policies and practices for the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities, has been working with members of these National Mechanisms and following their efforts. This article presents an overview of the authors’ research in this area and the work of a number of National Mechanisms existing in two global regions, Latin America and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. After reviewing what the national architectures for prevention are, the article presents a critical overview of the successes, challenges, and existing opportunities of the Mechanisms.
Capicotto, Samantha and Scharf, Rob
"National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes,"
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