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International responsibility for protection of citizens in Burundi

13 Nov 2015 - A statement from the Aegis Trust and STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities The world is watching with concern as tensions escalate in Burundi, yet response to the crisis has thus far been limited in coordination and effectiveness. Since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third [...]

2020-03-16T21:30:30+00:00November 13th, 2015|Policy & Advocacy, Students|0 Comments

CAR crisis eyewitness: “We need to disarm hearts and minds.”

https://youtu.be/DwD31AC5yQA On 26 September 2015, renewed violence erupted in the Central African Republic involving clashes between Anti-Balaka and Seleka, and rival militia attacks on both Muslim and Christian civilians. Evacuated to Rwanda a week later, the Aegis Trust’s representative in CAR, Alain Lazaret, is an eyewitness. He was living near PK5 in Bangui, in [...]

2020-03-16T21:30:30+00:00October 13th, 2015|Outreach, Policy & Advocacy|0 Comments

How South Sudanese peace-builders are finding inspiration in Rwanda

Since December 2013, South Sudan’s civil war has left 50,000 people dead and driven 1.5 million from their homes – so far with little sign of an end in sight. There are, however, some glimmers of hope for the future; elements among South Sudanese civil society who believe important foundations for long term peace can [...]

Former UN Sudan chief urges South African arrest of Bashir

With Sudanese President Omar Bashir prevented from leaving South Africa pending a judicial decision on his possible arrest and handover to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face genocide charges, former UN Sudan chief Dr Mukesh Kapila – who blew the whistle on the Darfur crisis in 2004 – says it’s time for justice to [...]

2020-03-16T21:30:30+00:00June 15th, 2015|Policy & Advocacy|0 Comments

Aegis shares lessons of hope from Rwanda as Central Africans seek peace

Held in the Central African Republic’s capital, 4-11 May, the ‘Bangui Forum for National Reconciliation’ drew around 700 leaders from across the political, religious and social spectrum in CAR, together with interim President Samba-Panza (pictured centre, above) and the leadership of the country’s transitional government. Participants included leaders of the Seleka and Anti-Balaka, rival armed [...]

Aegis informs Rwandan training of teacher trainers in peace education

Rwanda’s Ministry of Education last week commenced training its teacher trainers in delivery of the peace education component of the new national Schools Curriculum. The brainchild of the team at the Aegis-led Rwanda Peace Education Programme (RPEP), this has been developed in close collaboration with the Rwanda Education Board (REB) and sees peace education integrated [...]

Statement on Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary

Statement by Dr James Smith CBE, Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust: “Today, on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, staff and supporters of the Aegis Trust around the World remember and mourn with the survivors and all who lost so many loved ones during the slaughter in which the Young [...]

2015-10-02T07:14:18+01:00April 24th, 2015|Policy & Advocacy|0 Comments

Armenian Genocide: Truth Begins to Erode 100 years of Impunity

Comment from Aegis CEO, Dr James Smith Causing something of a stir in Istanbul, a growing number of governments and figures, including Pope Francis this week, have recognised that the catastrophe 100 years ago in which up to 1.5million Armenians perished, was genocide. Not so the United Nations, many other governments and media organisations who [...]

2020-03-16T21:30:30+00:00April 24th, 2015|Policy & Advocacy|0 Comments

US anti-genocide movement STAND merges with the Aegis Trust

STAND, the US-based student movement to end mass atrocities, is merging with the Aegis Trust as the US branch of the Aegis Youth Department. Founded in 2003 by a group of Georgetown students, over the following years STAND chapters sprang up at schools and colleges across the USA. Originally an acronym for ‘Students Taking Action [...]

2020-03-16T21:30:31+00:00April 9th, 2015|Policy & Advocacy, Students|0 Comments

Aegis launches Research, Policy & Higher Education programme in Kigali

The Aegis Trust today launched its newly created Research, Policy & Higher Education Department (RPHE) at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali. The RPHE is supported by the UK’s Department for International Development under the Genocide, Research and Reconciliation Programme. The goal of the department is to inform policy and practice on peacebuilding and genocide prevention in Rwanda [...]