"Humanitarian Intervention""Humanitarian Intervention"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/105642KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2010-04-08T16:30:002010-04-08T18:00:00
April 8, 4:30PM–6:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Talk by Lieutenant General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), and Canadian Senator
Dallaire's talk will address genocide prevention in terms of "The Responsibility to Protect (R2P)" and a new initiative, "The Will To Intervene" (W2i).
Lieutenant General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), and Canadian Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, met with international acclaim as a statement on the need for enhanced powers for the UN and the international community in dealing with cases of genocide.
W2I is an initiative that focuses on the prevention of genocide and other crimes against humanity. After the terrible events that took place in Rwanda and Kosovo, genocide experts seek to understand how to pressure political leaders to stop crimes against humanity before they escalate into genocide. The goal of W2I is to understand how to operationalize the principles of the Canadian-sponsored Report of the International Commission on Intervention and States Sovereignty on the Responsibility to Protect. Research will focus on how to better mobilize domestic political will in Canada and the United States. Furthermore, practical tools will be designed for nongovernmental agencies, the media, interested groups, and the general public so they can effectively pressure governments to take action to prevent future genocides and other crimes against humanity. The W2I project was developed jointly by General Roméo Dallaire and the "Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies. Dallaire, Canada’s leading advocate of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building in the world’s war-torn regions, brings his experience in Rwanda to the project. He is a Senior Fellow at MIGS, which supports his work with the United Nations Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention.
This event sponsored by the President's Social Justice Speakers series.
The Center for Peace & Global Citizenship and the Quaker Affairs Office announce the screening of three films in conjunction with Dallaire's visit:
Sunday April 4, 7:30pm Sharpless Auditorium: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)
A PBS Frontline/BBC documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide -- a state-sponsored massacre in which some 800,000 Rwandans were methodically hunted down and murdered by Hutu extremists as the U.S. and international community refused to intervene – examine the social, political and diplomatic failures that converged to enable the genocide to occur.
Wednesday, April 7, 7pm Chase Auditorium: Icyizere: Hope
Kenyan filmmaker Patrick Mureithi spent three years filming this documentary on the process of community reconciliation in Rwanda. The film focuses on a “Healing and Rebuilding our Communities” workshop (a Quaker initiated program run by the African Great Lakes Initiative), and was an official selection of the 2009 Rwanda Film Festival. This event brings Patrick Mureithi to Haverford's campus to screen the film and hold a discussion on the themes of forgiveness, peacebuilding, justice and war.
Friday, April 9, 7:30 Stokes Multicultural Center: Hotel Rwanda (2004, dir. Terry George, starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte - runtime 2hrs)
Some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in Rwanda and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, 800,000 people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Please alert your students to this series of events that will enable them to learn and to reflect on one of the worst instances of genocide in recent history, and one that is prompting a reconsideration of the ways the international community reacts to conflicts across the globe.
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