This year has been unprecedented for all of us. We’ve seen societies grind to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite calls for peace by the UN Secretary-General, armed conflicts have continued to rage around the globe.
At the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect we have continued to provide expert analysis on situations where populations are at risk of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We launched a new website to make our analysis more accessible to governments, civil society partners and the public.
We’ve continued to monitor over 20 crisis situations around the world and publish weekly Atrocity Alerts that highlight emerging risks. We’ve continued to bring experts together online to discuss how to prevent atrocities and protect human rights. Our staff have also been featured in discussions on atrocity risks in Cameroon, China, Myanmar (Burma), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and many other situations where populations are persecuted, displaced and vulnerable.
But there is still more to be done. We are looking forward to 2021 and continuing to work for a more just post-COVID-19 world, where human rights are universally respected, and the international community consistently upholds its responsibility to protect.
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5203
New York, NY 10016-4309, USA