March Event : Canada’s Role in Conflict Transformation in the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Cases including Syria and Central African Republic

Canada’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG), chaired by MP Ali Ehsassi, is having its first major event of the year, open to the public located in Centre Block, Parliament Hill from 9am to 12pm on March 21st. 

We are humbled to present this unique opportunity to listen and share with survivors of genocide and crimes against humanity from Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, and South Sudan in a facilitated action plan alongside parliamentarians, UN experts, former military members, and academics – all committed to a career in Conflict Transformation:

Canada’s Role in Conflict Transformation in the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Cases including Syria and Central African Republic

A Panel Discussion with survivors, UN experts, Parliamentarians, former Canadian Military members, Peace Practitioners, and Academics

Guest Speakers :

Ali Ehsassi, Member of Parliament, Liberal Party of Canada; Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.

Iman Ibrahim, Executive Director, Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR)

Khaled Ibrahim, Independent consultant on Conflict resolution and peace building; Former United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and other Missions including Sudan, South Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mali.

Hélène Laverdière, Member of Parliament, New Democratic Party of Canada; Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.

Paul Maillet, Colonel Retired, President, Paul Maillet Center for Ethics.

Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Green Party of Canada; Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

Urooj Mian, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Human Empowerment (SHE Associates); Former (founding) Executive Director, Women In International Security (WIIS) Canada Inc.

 Objectives :

  1. Build awareness and understanding of the role of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity
  2. Encourage collaboration and increase the exchange of information between parliamentarians and like-minded bodies in civil society in the prevention of genocide and other crimes against humanity
  3. Understand the UNs challenges and needs in the area of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the joint efforts in dealing with violent conflicts
  4. Understand Canada’s role in dealing with violence, crimes against humanity and genocide
  5. Produce an action plan to respond to ongoing crisis

Background :

Established in 2006 by the Hon. LGen. Roméo Dallaire, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG) strives to ensure that Canada’s parliamentarians do all that is in their power to prevent the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity. The GPG does this by increasing the flow of information and analysis to parliamentarians about strategies for prevention, promoting understanding of long-term approaches, and engaging in communication and collaboration with like-minded bodies in civil society and other parliaments. We also seek to support the work of the United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and other organizations working in the field of preventing crimes against humanity, and creating channels for the timely exchange of information regarding emerging crises that have the potential to result in crimes against humanity.