WORKSHOP AND SEMINAR: R2P and Atrocities Prevention in Malaysia
The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P), co-hosted the Seminar on the Responsibility to Protect and Atrocities Prevention in Kuala Lumpur.
The purpose of the seminar in the morning is to explore the opportunities and enabling factors that will help strengthen the capacity of Malaysia to prevent and respond to risk factors related to mass atrocity crimes, and through the discussion, exchange ideas among 30-40 selected participants from government agencies, academia, think tanks, civil society organisations, international organisations and special interest groups. The seminar in the form of a workshop will be facilitated by the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland St Lucia. The morning session will follow with a public seminar at 2:45PM, where HE Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Chair of the High Level Advisory Panel and former ASEAN Secretary General will present the HLAP Report.
The purpose of the public seminar in the afternoon is to generate comments and inputs from the participants on how the HLAP Report on Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia and mass atrocities prevention can be pursued effectively. HE Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Chair of the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia and former ASEAN Secretary General will present the report. The public seminar will also seek ideas to operationalise the Report’s recommendations in the domestic and regional contexts. In particular, what role can various stakeholders play in promoting public awareness about R2P and in fostering dialogues about the importance of mass atrocities prevention at various levels? In what ways can ASEAN contribute to advancing the norm in the region and in building national and regional capacities in preventing genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing?