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A conversation with USG Francis Deng and John Prendergast
on Genocide Prevention

followed by an afternoon workshop for educators
organized by the Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme
in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves

Friday, 20 May 2011
Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York


Morning Programme: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Archived Video)

Speakers included Mr. John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project and world-renowned human rights activist, and Mr. Francis Deng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, who engaged the audience in a dialogue on genocide prevention from the legal, political, social and human rights perspectives.

John Prendergast's new book, “Unlikely Brothers” is available for sale by the UN Bookshop, as well as his previous titles, authored with Don Cheadle, “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” and “The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes”.

Afternoon Programme: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop with Holocaust educators led by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and Facing History and Ourselves. Together with the morning discussion, the event served to illuminate individuals’ responsibility to act, using examples from Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, and citizens’ reaction to the Nazi government anti-Jewish policies, and later on, to the systematic killing.

During the afternoon session, the educators explored various questions with the goal of identifying ways to teach this history and its lessons, and provoke students to think about prevention and reaction to violations of human rights within their communities. Examples for questions:

-     What do we understand as human rights violations?
-     Can one individual contribute to maintenance of human rights? And how?
-     What can we teach to help students see the need for their actions?
-     What is it about us that suggests we care so deeply but cannot seem to act sufficiently?