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UK actions in preventing atrocities worldwide examined

6 January 2022

The International Development Committee will question a peacebuilder who works in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as other international experts in atrocity prevention, as part of its first evidence session in a new inquiry into the UK government’s approach to promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities.

Purpose of the Session

This session of the inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK Government approach will look into the UK Government’s approach to atrocity prevention around the world, both within and outside of armed conflicts. A later session in March 2022 will look specifically at the UK’s work to promote dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the face of ongoing tensions in that country.

The Committee is undertaking this inquiry because the world order is becoming increasingly complex and contested. Many experts have warned that the risk of mass atrocities may be rising. The government has warned that conflict and instability will remain prevalent in the next decade - and may increase unless concerted action is taken.

The aim of this first session is to gain understanding of:

  • Current global trends in conflict and atrocities
  • Approaches to atrocity prevention and conflict prevention, and how these relate
  • The role of community organisations
  • How the UK acts within the United Nations (UN) to prevent atrocities
  • How the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) approaches, leads and organises the UK’s cross-government work on atrocity prevention

Witnesses

Tuesday 11 January 2022

At 2.30pm

  • Saidi Zirhumana, Deputy Director, Support Office for Peacebuilding, Democratic Republic of Congo (a peacebuilding organization with experience of working on an FCDO-funded atrocity prevention project)
  • Denisa Delić, Advocacy Director, International Rescue Committee UK (an international aid organization)

At 3.15pm

  • Savita Pawnday, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (an advocacy organisation working to make the UN principle of the ‘responsibility to protect’ a reality)
  • Natalie Samarasinghe, Outgoing CEO, United Nations Association – UK (an organisation promoting the UN)

Further information

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