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Dallaire -- 2009Message from the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

LGen. Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret’d), Senator

Thank you for visiting the website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG). Whether you are a Parliamentarian, a Parliamentary staffer, a member of a non-governmental organization or simply a concerned citizen, I thank you for taking an interest in the GPG and in our work.

Genocide and crimes against humanity prevention remains a fundamental test of the international community’s dedication to humanitarian imperatives. As the most odious of crimes, the international community has a responsibility to not only halt mass atrocities when they occur, but also investigate the ways in which they can be prevented. Canadian Parliamentarians, professors, students, and non-governmental organizations must unite with colleagues from around the world in order to make this a reality. The work of the GPG is one small contribution to attaining that goal, focusing on collaboration between Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators in a non-partisan environment. Indeed, the desire to end mass atrocities is one which attracts universal support.

Today, our work is as critical as ever. In addition to the ongoing widespread and systematic targeting of civilians in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the international community has recently been witness to a disregard of international law in places like Syria, Libya, Somalia, Côte d’ Ivoire and Sri Lanka, among others. As Canadians, and more importantly as human beings, it is our responsibility to give voice to the countless victims of these crimes and put meaning to the enduring phrase “Never Again”.

By visiting this website, you have taken the first step in joining our mission to protect our fellow global citizens. I look forward to your engagement in the near future and look forward to your support in realizing that goal.

Roméo A. Dallaire

Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (Canada)