Forum Topic: Launching of a Human Rights Incident Reporting and Tracking Tool on the Armed Conflict in the Southern Cameroons.

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021          Time: 2:00 pm Eastern Time                   

Behind every human rights violation in the Southern Cameroons is a victim and a perpetrator. If the people are ever to find justice and durable peace, it is imperative to document all the incidents of human rights abuse, the names of the victims, the perpetrators and accomplices as well as any evidence that corroborates reported cases.

Thanks to technology, this sacred task is now made easy and possible. Together, we can ensure that every incident is recorded for posterity, and for international human rights stakeholders who have an interest in bringing this conflict to an end.

After numerous consultations with international stakeholders including post actions following U.S. Senate Resolution 684, this new service tool has been established by the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations. This tool documents and tracks all internationally recognized war crimes in the Southern Cameroons war and has as objective to ensure perpetrators of rights violations are held to account as well as prevent a culture of impunity that breeds more abuses to the civilian population.

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The panelists for this launching are:

  1. Marie Lamensch: Project Coordinator, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University-Canada;
  2. Juliette Paauwe: Senior Research Analyst, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect;
  3. Dr. Kerry Whigham: Assistant Professor of GMAP, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University, New York, Communications Officer for the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
  4. Abbas Sekyanzi Muluubya: Project Officer, Africa Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, New York;

Moderator:

Henry Atem: Steering Committee Member, Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, Executive Director at the United States Center for Electoral Support (USICES) and directs the programs and projects of the organization globally.