Regional security stakeholders on Wednesday advocated domestication of atrocity prevention norms at State level.
This is reportedly due to a surge in atrocity crimes in the West African sub-region over the years which has been a pressing need for the adoption of renewed strategies.
The strategies, according to a statement was to combat the canker in compliance with the principles of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly.
“In West Africa, there are numerous recorded cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity in countries such as Mali, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Gambia, etc.
“Recent cases of atrocity crimes in West Africa have further pushed the atrocity prevention agenda to the fore of policy discourses.
“Whereas some progress has been made since 2005 when the R2P was adopted, it is becoming increasingly apparent that implementation at the country level has been slow and in some cases worsening.
“For instance, accountability for
atrocity crimes has been mostly lacking, encouraging a culture of impunity in many spaces.” It read.
The statement further read that it is against the backdrop that the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training
Centre (KAIPTC), with support from the Government of Denmark, is organizing a 2-day Regional Conference on the aforementioned subject.
The conference is said to be scheduled for Monday 21st June to Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 at the Senegambia Hotel, Banjul, Gambia.
The event is geared towards providing platform for engagement on critical policy issues impacting atrocity prevention efforts in West Africa.
Other purpose of the event are; “To deliberate on national experiences on best practices in atrocity prevention, discuss appropriate structures and mechanisms for preventing and responding to atrocity crimes in West Africa.
“Create a networking opportunity for relevant state officials, civil society actors and other practitioners to facilitate a community of practice for atrocity
prevention.” the statement read.
A total of 45 participants from four participating countries; Nigeria, Ghana,
Cote d’Ivoire and Gambia will converge on Banjul for the event which will leverage both in-person and virtual platforms to facilitate interaction among a wide network of critical stakeholders.