The multidimensional character of migration makes it a crosscutting issue with many related fields, including the prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Humans have long migrated for numerous reasons – poverty, famine, natural disasters, the lack of economic possibilities – they have also migrated to escape persecution and violent environments.

DIALOGUE AS A TOOL FOR ADDRESSING MASS ATROCITIES

The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities considers dialogue, dialogue processes and the facilitation of dialogue as a strategic tool for peaceful conflict transformation which can help produce long-term and sustainable solutions and fundamental societal changes. Furthermore, the dialogue processes can be an extraordinarily effective instrument in handling situations at risk related to mass atrocities.
Extremism and terrorism pose a big threat to global security. Radicalization trends are strongly rising, impacting in a significant way our societies, economies and political strategies. It is essential to reach a greater understanding of radicalization in order to develop long term strategies that will be successful in the struggle against extremist-inspired violence.

De-radicalization, together with counter-terrorism and anti-radicalization actions, plays an important role in efforts to dismantle networks of violence and eradicate the roots of terrorism.
The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities enjoys the privilege of co-chairing the Community of Practice on Genocide Prevention and Development, founded in early-2013 in the context of the World Bank-IMF Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development.

Objectives

With its “Prevention Policy Planning Programme”, the Budapest Centre wishes to generate international actions and contribute to narrowing the gap between early warning and elaboration and implementation of specific mass atrocity response strategies. While Heads of States and Governments have agreed on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) people from mass atrocities, the adequate methodologies, capabilities and mechanisms for timely detection of risks and the development of a ‘continuum of steps’to respond need to be built up within national governments, global and regional organizations. International capacities for the protection of civilians, human rights and prevention of violent conflicts have been increased modestly for the last years. Nevertheless mass atrocity prevention has been considered as a by-product of such efforts,despite the fundamental differences between these approaches.
The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention cooperates with Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico (ISES) – Italy, Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias Kai Paodiou – Greece, Amalipe Center za Mezhduetnicheski Dialog i Tolerantnost – Bulgaria, Associaciò per la Creaciò d’Estudis i Projectes Socials – Spain, Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente Timisoara Asociatia – Romania, Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara – Romania, Komunikujeme OPS – Czech Republic, Newton Management Innovation S.P.A. – Italy, Association of HIV affected women and their families Demetra – Lithiania, in the management and development of the “Words are Stones” project funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) of the European Commission.
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Programme

The „Prevention of radicalization in the prison-system” is a 13-month initiative of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention in collaboration with Hungarian experts and researchers. Funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, it aims at contributing to the coordination and improvement of national and international capabilities of preventing and countering radicalization. To that end, it maps the capabilities of Hungarian prisons to recognize signs of radicalization, as well as to manage and prevent processes leading to radicalization. It provides trainings for prison personnel to further improve such capabilities and conducts so-called “life-path” interviews with prisoners to facilitate their rehabilitation and reintegration. The results of the project and its policy recommendations will be summarized in a report in Hungarian and English and presented at a conference in spring, 2018.

Programme

The “V4 Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” is a 10-month initiative launched by the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in collaboration with institutions and experts from Visegrad Countries. The “V4 Task Force” intends to map the State of the Art of preventive capacities in Visegrad Countries by exploring opportunities and challenges faced when countering antisemitism, anti-roma feelings, hatred, extremism, and radicalization. To achieve this goal, the “V4 Task Force” will examine the efforts of Visegrad Countries in preventing political instability and translating general commitment to preventing mass atrocities into practice.