Genocide Watch Annual Report 2018 - 2019
Genocide Watch was the first international anti-genocide organization. Genocide Watch founded the first international coalition for the prevention of genocide, The Alliance Against Genocide. Genocide Watch is a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that pays no salaries and keeps its overhead very low. Genocide Watch has spent a total of $100,000 in 20 years, $5000 per year.
Genocide Watch provides education to the public about how and why genocide develops, including early warning signs of threats of mass killing and reports on current genocidal situations. Our reports are posted on our websites, sent to the member organizations in the Alliance Against Genocide, and sent to Congress, the State Department, major newspapers, and to the UN’s Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.
Genocide Watch interns maintain the most actively viewed website on genocide on the internet, at http://genocidewatch.com and we maintain two websites with Genocide Watch archives covering the years 1999 – 2016 at www.genocidewatch.net and www.genocidewatch.org. We use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the thousands of people around the world who follow our work every day.
The Alliance Against Genocide has grown to over seventy member organizations in 24 countries. Some of our members (The International Crisis Group, Minority Rights Group, International Alert, The Knights of Columbus, and Survival International) are much larger than Genocide Watch. We rely on the international network of the Alliance for accurate reporting and analysis of events around the world that are warning indicators of genocidal processes.
Genocide Watch has never tried to build an organizational empire. Our purpose is to be a catalyst to encourage the organization of anti-genocide organizations around the world, and to coordinate a network of those organizations.
Genocide Watch continued to maintain its widely used website www.genocidewatch.com
on events in countries at risk of genocide. Much of this work is done by student interns and volunteers who are now located around the world. The website is used as a resource by teachers for classes on genocide in many secondary schools and universities, and it is also a means of communication with policy makers and scholars in the field of genocide studies.
Genocide Watch spoke at meetings of the Working Group on Religious Pluralism at the Hudson Institute, led by Nina Shea. This group grew out of the Genocide Working Group that was founded in 2015 by Ms. Shea, Prof. Robert Destro, and Gregory Stanton to get the US Congress, State Department, and the European Parliament to recognize that ISIS was committing genocide in Iraq and Syria. In 2016, Congress passed a unanimous resolution declaring that ISIS was committing genocide, and Secretary of State Kerry also made this declaration. The European Parliament passed a similar resolution.
As a follow-up to that declaration, we supported a bill to provide substantial aid to groups displaced by ISIS in Iraq, which passed the Senate and House and was signed into law by the President. Funds allocated for that purpose are now being distributed to local NGO’s through USAID. Genocide Watch attended the Religious Freedom Roundtable convened by the US State Department in July 2018.
Prof. Stanton spoke at a conference convened by the Dutch parliament in the Hague in July 2018 on how to prosecute members of ISIS for crimes against humanity and genocide. He has also advised a Yazidi prosecutor in Kurdistan who is gathering evidence for such prosecutions.
Genocide Watch played a leading role in response to the genocide and forced displacement of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar that climaxed in August 2017. Over a million Rohingya refugees are now in Bangladesh, and another 120,000 are in Malaysia, 500,000 in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Prof. Stanton spoke at a roundtable on the crisis at the University of Ottawa School of Law in August 2018, as well as at an international conference at Columbia University in New York City in February 2019.
Out of those conferences a working group was formed to approach governments that can take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for violation of the Genocide Convention. The working group traveled to Malaysia in March 2019 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Malaysia and presented options for legal action. It has also contacted other groups and governments working on this project, including the governments of Gambia and Canada. Prof. Stanton has written an Application (legal brief) to be presented to the International Court of Justice by a nation willing to take the case.
Besides the conferences above, Prof. Stanton spoke at other conferences, including at Georgetown University School of Law, Michigan State University School of Law, and the Trinity University School of Law. He also conducted classes for a number of secondary schools and colleges in the US.
Prof. Stanton attended the biennial meetings of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in July 2019. The conference centered around the Khmer Rouge genocide and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, which Prof. Stanton was instrumental in founding.
Dr. Stanton has retired from his Research Professorship at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Genocide Watch will continue its work in 2019 and beyond.
Gregory H. Stanton
2017 was another productive year for Genocide Watch.
In 2017, Dr. Stanton worked with Iraqi and UN legal experts on plans for trials of the hundreds of ISIS terrorists in Iraq. That work resulted in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2379 to send a UN Investigative Team to assist the Iraqi government in prosecutions. Dr. Stanton is working with the Dutch government to create universal jurisdiction and tribunals to try ISIS leaders.
Dr. Stanton testified at a public hearing in Malaysia sponsored by the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (based in Rome) on the genocide committed against the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar by the Myanmar Army, a genocide that has driven over a million refugees into neighboring Bangladesh. He contributed articles about the Rohingya genocide to newspapers and appeared on worldwide television, including BBC and CNN as well as on television in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Dr. Stanton testified as an expert witness in a successful hate-speech trial in South Africa against a communist union leader who called for all South African Jews to emigrate to Israel.
Dr. Stanton gave a TEDx talk, “The Call,” viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi6k9XKbQec&feature=youtu.be
Dr. Stanton spoke at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), held in July 2017 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Stanton was President of the IAGS, and is a Life Member of the IAGS and recipient of the IAGS Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.
Dr. Forgey spoke in December 2017 at the United Nations during the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC Conference on Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence as a Method of Warfare.
In the coming years, Genocide Watch’s emphasis on genocide education will increase. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is constructing the exhibits in its new building using our Ten Stages of Genocide. Teachers, journalists, and government policy makers around the world use the Genocide Watch Ten Stage model of the genocidal process.
2016 was a very productive year for Genocide Watch. We organized a new Genocide Working Group in Washington, DC to bring together congressional staffers, State Department officials, and NGO’s that seek justice in Iraq and prevention of future genocide there and in Syria.
We testified before Congress and the European Parliament on the genocide of ISIS. We helped lead the coalition that obtained declarations in 2016 by the US Congress, the European Parliament, and the State Department that the acts of ISIS constitute genocide. We had many meetings at the State Department and at the UN. We wrote the Resolution of the International Association of Genocide Scholars concerning the ISIS genocide, which was adopted in 2016. In April 2016, Dr. Stanton traveled to Iraq to interview eyewitnesses to the ISIS genocide and to work with Iraqi organizations to prosecute ISIS. He will travel there again in January 2017.
We are helping to lead a world campaign to stop the genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya. We will hold hearings in the UK House of Lords and in New York in 2017 about this genocide.
Genocide Watch has maintained the most actively updated and heavily used websites on genocide on the internet. Our interns maintain the website of the Alliance Against Genocide, againstgenocide.org as a communications site for the 65+ member organizations of the Alliance, which we coordinate. Our interns built a dynamic new website at www.genocidewatch.com. They designed an interactive world map of countries at risk or with active mass killing, with embedded videos by experts on each country. We also use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the thousands of people who follow our work.
In the seventeen years since Genocide Watch was founded in 1999, we have spent a total of $85,000. That is $5000 per year. No member of the Genocide Watch staff has ever received a salary. Our low operating costs have been made possible by our affiliation with George Mason University.
Genocide Watch has played a key role in the creation of two international tribunals, proposed and helped to persuade UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to create the Office of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and built the Alliance Against Genocide. We have provided early warning to policy makers to prevent or stop genocide in East Timor, Macedonia, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. We are now working with the International Association of Genocide Scholars on a project for genocide prevention in Iraq.
Genocide Watch is currently in transition to new leadership. Dr. Elisa von Joeden Forgey, Director of the Masters Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, near Atlantic City, New Jersey will become the Director of Communications and Research of Genocide Watch. Dr. Forgey is the current First Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. She will direct Stockton University interns and volunteers who will update the Genocide Watch website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
The Alliance Against Genocide, which has grown to over 65 organizations, will become more directly integrated into the activities of Genocide Watch. We will add additional country experts to our distinguished Board of Advisers as resources for our websites and Genocide Alerts. We will increase our connections with policy makers and civil society leaders. We will build a stronger Board of Directors to help us plan and support an effective anti-genocide movement. Our purpose is to be a catalyst to encourage the organization of local, national, and regional anti-genocide organizations around the world, and to coordinate a network of those organizations.
In the coming year, Dr. Stanton will devote much of his time to writing and publishing a short, inexpensive textbook on the stages of genocide for secondary school students, to be used in curricula on genocide in the US, Canada, the UK, and eventually in translation around the world.
Dr. Stanton will remain with Genocide Watch as Founding President, Legal Director, and Chair of the Board of Directors. He will devote himself to working with other Directors to raise the money and expert support to build the educational programs of Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide.
December 30, 2016
Dr. Gregory H. Stanton
Chair of the Board of Directors
Genocide Watch, Inc.
Genocide Watch Annual Report 2017
Genocide Watch Annual Report 2016
Genocide Watch Annual Report 2015
2015 has been a very productive year for Genocide Watch. With the creativity and hard work of our interns during 2015, Genocide Watch has maintained the most actively updated and heavily used websites on genocide on the internet. We testified before Congress on the genocidal massacres of ISIS. We had many meetings at the State Department. We sponsored an Appeal to Congress by Genocide Scholars concerning the ISIS genocide and other crimes.
We co-sponsored a conference at George Mason University on Women and Genocide in the 21st Century, focused on Sudan. We keynoted a Los Angeles conference on the genocide in Burma against the Rohingya. We contributed articles to newspapers and appeared on worldwide television, including BBC and CNN. We sponsored a summer film series on Genocide.
Our interns built and launched a new website for the Alliance Against Genocide, againstgenocide.org to serve as a communications site for the 50+ member organizations of the Alliance, which continues to grow. One of our interns built a Genocide Watch app for I-phones and Androids, which can be downloaded from our website, www.genocidewatch.net. We continue to use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the thousands of people who follow our work.
Genocide Watch is a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that pays no salaries and keeps its overhead very low thanks to its affiliation with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Three interns each semester and each summer receive academic credit for their work with Genocide Watch. Our office space and furniture, computers, telephones, and meeting rooms are provided by George Mason University. Genocide Watch pays only for liability insurance as required for affiliates of the university.
In return, Genocide Watch provides educational opportunities to its interns, to the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and to the public about how and why genocide develops, including early warning signs of threats of mass killing and reports on current genocidal situations. Our reports are posted on our websites, sent to the member organizations in the Alliance Against Genocide, and sent directly to Congress, the State Department, National Security Council and the President, and to the UN’s Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.
This year, Genocide Watch received two small foundation grants and many smaller donations with which we raised $20,000 for website domain maintenance and other operating expenses. Every penny is spent wisely. Because our budget is small and simple, we only file the short form annual non-profit tax return.
In the near future, we plan to develop an online course on Genocide in conjunction with the publisher of our textbook for secondary school students.
December 31, 2015
President, Genocide Watch
Genocide Watch Annual Report 2014
2014 was a productive year for Genocide Watch.
• Genocide Watch does not spend much money because it has had no paid employees, but what it does spend is absolutely necessary to carry on its work. Interns who do much of the work of Genocide Watch receive academic credit at their home universities. The President has never received a salary because he has earned his living as a university professor. All honoraria he receives for speaking and royalties for his publications go directly into the Genocide Watch budget.
• In 2014 Genocide Watch interns designed and launched a new website, http://www.genocidewatch.net. It is the most widely read anti-genocide website on the internet, and is read daily by many policy makers because it is succinct and kept up to date daily. Our archive website, , is the most heavily consulted website on genocide on the internet, with over 55 million hits since 2000.
• Genocide Watch maintains close relationships with key US and UN policy makers, including the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning crisis situations such as those in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Myanmar.
• Genocide Watch has actively participated in US and global anti-genocide coalitions, including the Protection and Prevention Working Group, the Genocide Prevention Advisory Group, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the International Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
• Genocide Watch has conducted classes on genocide prevention at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department and at the Pentagon.
• The President of Genocide Watch gave keynote addresses at the 20th anniversary commemorations of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in Washington, DC and in Kigali, Rwanda, and has also spoken at many other conferences on genocide prevention.
• Genocide Watch has drafted an Optional Protocol to the Genocide Convention that has been embraced by the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, who intends to work it through the UN system and get it ratified by States-Parties to the Genocide Convention to make it part of international law. The Special Advisor believes it will be the one of the most significant contributions to international law since the Genocide Convention itself. The Optional Protocol will revitalize the preventive aspects of the Convention by reasserting the roles of the UN General Assembly and Regional Organizations in preventing and stopping genocide.
• Genocide Watch established an official affiliation with George Mason University. Genocide Watch’s university affiliation has strengthened its fund-raising credentials and organizational base. George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) provides a home for Genocide Watch. It provides Genocide Watch with office space, communications connectivity, computer equipment, and space for meetings and conferences. S-CAR’s faculty includes twenty-six experts on conflict in all parts of the world.
• Genocide Watch will continue to expand the International Alliance to End Genocide and to develop strong relationships with the Alliance’s fifty other members. The Alliance will remain loose, since each organization will develop its own programs and raise its own funds. The International Crisis Group is the largest member of the Alliance with over one hundred employees in more than thirty countries. Genocide Watch relies on its reports, making it unnecessary to send our own fact-finders into the field. Other members with which Genocide Watch works closely are the Aegis Trust, Survival International and the Minority Rights Group, located in the UK; and Act for Sudan in the US.
• Prof. Stanton is writing a short basic textbook for secondary school students, The Ten Stages of Genocide. It is much needed in the many states that now require students to take a unit on genocide during their secondary school careers. There is currently no basic textbook for these courses. He plans to publish the textbook as both an e-book and as a printed text at low cost, so it can be adopted by school districts in the US, Canada, the UK, and other English speaking countries. The genocide prevention programs in both Cambodia and Rwanda have already promised to translate it into Khmer and into Kinyarwanda for use in their secondary schools. The translations will be published online free.
• Genocide Watch has a Board of Advisors with most of the prominent genocide experts in the world. Prof. Stanton will remain Chair of the Board of Directors of Genocide Watch. Genocide Watch plans to strengthen its Board of Directors to make the Board a bipartisan, international working Board to govern Genocide Watch, assist Genocide Watch in making contacts with key governments that can take action to prevent genocide, and build the International Alliance to End Genocide’s program of genocide education around the world. Genocide Watch also plans to recruit a Board of Trustees to help Genocide Watch raise money and oversee Genocide Watch’s financial future.
December 17, 2014
Dr. Gregory Stanton
Genocide Watch, Inc.