That is the next piece of the series of interviews on the contemporary challenges to implement the Responsibility to Protect. By that we continue our efforts to provide space for scholars and practitioners to express their views on even controversial issues which impede the translation of the RtoP into action.

The interview 

with Dr. Karen Smith, the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect between 2019-2021

made by Dr. Gyorgy Tatar, President of BCDMAP and Dr. Gary Uzonyi, the senior faculty research fellow of the BCDMAP

touched upon topics such as

  • the influence of the changing global world order on the implementation of RtoP,
  • the contemporary challenges of RtoP,
  • the role of dialogue in advancing consensus on RtoP between Global North and South and
  • the skepticism of the Global South on the activities of the International Criminal Court.
To watch the recording, please click HERE
We are pleased to share the thoughts of Dr Gyorgy Tatar, Chair of the Budapest Centre, on the operalization of the Responsibility to Protect.

You may read the article if you click on this link.
The Budapest Centre is proud to present the new piece of its Artificial Intelligence series On the Use of Artificial Intelligence in the framework of the Syrian War.

This paper innovatively provides a compilation of AI weapons and tools applied by a multitude of actors during the conflict and concludes by stating how their employment jeopardizes human rights, thereby stressing the necessity of a universal regulation on the development and misuse of AI - from the perspective of mass atrocities.

We wish to point out that Artificial Intelligence plays an increasing role in conflict scenarios: At the same time that it has become a tool for human rights violations, it also holds the potential to play a positive role in genocide prevention, victims’ support, and reconstruction.

You can find the paper here
The Budapest Centre is proud to share its latest policy paper Misuse of Artificial Intelligence: Occupied Palestinian Territories. Case study.

As a new piece of the Artificial Intelligence series of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, this paper offers an insight on how the Israeli authorities apply tools of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by pointing to the significance and risks of using AI during conflict—without wishing to provide an exhaustive and detailed list of challenges and their respective international activities. Our aim is to further engender the International Community’s political will to address these threats from the perspective of conflict escalation and mass atrocity crimes prevention.

The authors and the Budapest Centre hope that this research will prove useful in particular for young readers who wish to learn more about the ongoing conflict in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the role AI plays in mass atrocity crimes.

You can find the paper here 

The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention invites you to check out this interview to Dr. Gyorgy Tatar, the Director of the Centre and Chair of the Board of Trustees, on the Uyghur Genocide - following the last report published by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy.

The interviewer is Laura Pistarini Teixeira Nunes - an intern both at the Budapest Centre and the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy - who has written her master's dissertation on the persecution of Uyghurs in China.

You can find both the interview and her short article in the following link: 


Please click here to find the latest report of the Budapest Centre, through the project V4 Taskforce on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, on the Capabilities of the Visegrad Group in Preventing Extremism.
CEE Prevent Net Working Paper, October 2019

As part of the project “CEE Prevent Net – Central and Eastern European Network for the Prevention of Intolerance and Group Hatred”, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and prevention practitioners from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia has investigated into advocacy and communication strategies for advancing prevent work in the region. They have reviewed existing strategies and good practices, conducted field work and interviewed about 150 governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in youth affairs and prevention from different professions and ends of the political spectrum.

Their final report offers strategies and recommendations for practitioners and civil society to engage in political advocacy to prevent intolerance, discrimination and group hatred of youth. In particular, these recommendations focus on the possibilities for advocacy under unfavorable conditions in contemporary (Central and Eastern) Europe, such as growing levels of group hatred and right-wing extremism, shrinking civic space or the erosion of human rights standards, media independence and the rule of law, which pose a serious threat to peaceful and democratic societies in the region.

We strongly encourage our visitors to take a look at this report, since it remains strikingly current and useful.

Please download THE REPORT here
The Initiative to establish the Task Force was launched by the Budapest Centre to assess the capabilities of the European Union to prevent mass atrocities. The Task Force was co-chaired by Professor Christoph O. Meyer (King’s College London) and Professor Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics). It was made up of leading European academics, experts and practitioners and produced the ‘Report on EU and Prevention of Mass Atrocities’ which was released at a public event in March 2013 and presented directly to the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other key decision makers in EU institutions and Member State governments.

The core aim of the report was to review the existing tools of the European Union for the prevention of mass atrocities and make recommendations to optimize timely and adequate responses to emerging threats of mass atrocities.

We strongly encourage our visitors to take a look at this report, since it remains strikingly current and useful.

Please download THE REPORT here