Prevention of genocide

Our president Velma Saric was part of the Intersessional Meeting on the Prevention of genocide organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (United Nations Human Rights). This Office is the leading UN entity on human rights representing the world’s commitment to the promotion and protection of the full range of human rights and freedoms.

During the meeting, Velma spoke at the session on strengthening national capacities for genocide prevention, with Melanie O’Brien (The University of Western Australia), Naomi Kikoler (Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide), and Judge Jamila Mohammed (National Committee on the Prevention of Genocide in Kenya). The session was moderated by Pablo De Grieff, Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council Experts’ Group on Prevention, and former UN Special Rapporteur for the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence (United Nations).

We were honored to join this session as the only speaker from the Western Balkans as we highlighted intercultural cooperation and the importance of promoting peace through memorialization as examples of good practices from our region.

A recording of the session is available at