American University Washington College of Law's
Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Monday April 7, 2014
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Room 603
Washington, D.C. 20016


View the live webcast of this event here, from 12-4pm .

Join the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law on April 7, 2014, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. More than 800,000 people were killed in a hundred days in Rwanda in 1994. The commemorative ceremony will take place at 12pm in room 603 at the American University Washington College of Law, and will be followed by several discussions, including sessions on “The Use of Technology in Preventing and Documenting Genocide,” “Financing Genocide,” and “Citizen Action to Prevent Genocide.”

8:00am - 6:00pm, Lobby. Students and staff will be sitting in the Lobby throughout the day passing out ribbons and information, showing videos, and talking about the Rwandan genocide.

12:00pm - 4:00pm, Room 603.

12:00pm - 12:15pm Welcome & Introductions
Dean Claudio Grossman

12:15pm - 12:30pm Solemn Commemoration

12:30pm - 1:00pm Keynote Address
Prof. Diane Orentlicher, Former Deputy for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department of State (2009-2011)

1:00pm - 2:30pm Session 1: The Use of Technology in Preventing & Documenting Genocide
This discussion will focus on the use of technology in preventing genocide, including a discussion of the use of technology for human rights abuse documentation, forecast early warnings and building movements to set political preconditions to stop genocide. Panelists to include:

2:30pm - 2:45pm Break

2:45pm - 3:15pm Session 2: Action Session - Financing Genocide
Ignacio Mujica with the Enablers of Mass Atrocities project at Human Rights First will join us to discuss Human Rights First’s innovative strategy to focus on “enablers”—the countries, companies, and individuals that provide the means that make mass atrocities possible—and disrupting the supply chain for slaughter. Mr. Mujica’s presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A.

3:15pm - 3:30pm Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm Session 3: Action Session - Citizen Action to Prevent Genocide
Bukeni Waruzi, WITNESS Senior Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East, will join us to discuss his work to support women's rights activists to create effective strategies to both  fight for gender justice and to prevent mass atrocities through video and other technologies. Mr. Waruzi's presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A.

This event is co-sponsored by the War Crimes Research Office, the International Legal Studies Program and the Kay Spiritual Life Center.