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Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide at the University of Toronto

March 24, 2014

TORONTO, ON –  A campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide will be held at the University of Toronto, from March to April 2014.

The campaign, called “Journey of Lessons Learned,” will be jointly hosted by the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Bill Graham Centre for the Contemporary International History, and the International Relations Programme at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

The campaign consists of the following projects:

March 29th: A full day conference featuring Dr. Jennifer Welsh, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P, as the keynote speaker (Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Pl.)

April 1st: A student panel discussion with Dr. Madeline Albright and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy (Seeley Hall, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.)

Early April: Publication project with CIC’s called “Canadian Voices on R2P”

April 5th: Youth & Education Outreach to 10 high-schools in the Greater Toronto Area

April 15th-17th: A film festival called “Eyes on Genocide” at Media Commons, Robarts Library


The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as RtoP or R2P, is an international principle coined in 2001 under the leadership of the Canadian government and later adopted at the 2005 World Summit by 150 heads of government. R2P states that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the international community has the responsibility to do so. R2P is an emerging norm in international relations and has received much attention lately in light of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya and the on-going conflict in Syria.

The Canadian Centre for R2P, based at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is a leading Canadian, non-partisan and non-profit research organization which aims to promote scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle.


Media registration is available for all of our on-site events. For media inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Tina J. Park
Executive Director, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect  | 1-647-228-5705  |