From Srebrenica to a Safer Tomorrow: Preventing Future Mass Atrocities around the World

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Nov 21, 2022 | House of Commons Committee

Despite the international community agreeing after the Holocaust that mass atrocities would “never again” occur, mass atrocities are still a feature of the world. At least 37 countries have recently “…experienced mass atrocities or had serious concerns raised that they could take place” according to this House of Commons Committee report. In the report, ‘atrocity prevention’ is defined as the use of tools and strategies to prevent the four atrocities covered by the Responsibility to Protect, namely genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. It suggests that alongside diplomacy and institutional reforms at the multilateral level, the UK Government must develop a strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, heeding repeated calls from within Parliament and beyond. It must involve the whole of Government in mitigating risks, covering not only diplomacy, development and defence, but trade, supply chains, arms exports, education, asylum and border policy.

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