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Hello, this is Ben bringing you Geneva Solutions’ peace and humanitarian news coverage, produced this week in collaboration with The New Humanitarian.

Today, as news of abuses continue to emerge in Ethiopia and Myanmar, we’re looking at what it takes to tackle crimes against humanity. We’re also hearing whether diplomatic “choreography” can bring back the Iran nuclear deal. Meanwhile in Ethiopia, a poll of conflict-affected people says that aid isn’t getting where it’s needed.

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Ralph Mamiya pictured in Geneva, 8 April 2021. (The New Humanitarian / Ben Parker)

🛑 The trouble with stopping human rights atrocities. In a frank interview, analyst Ralph Mamiya takes stock of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ concept, which is supposed to prevent crimes against humanity.

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🤝 Is the Iran nuclear deal back on track? With indirect talks between Iran and the United States getting off to a promising start in Vienna last week, what difficulties may still lie ahead for salvaging the deal?

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❗Tigray aid response is too little, too late. An independent poll has found that people in northern Ethiopia get less humanitarian relief than those facing the impact of conflicts in northern Nigeria, Afghanistan or Central African Republic.

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Here’s what else is happening

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Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali talks to survivors at Nyarubuye, Rwanda, during a brief visit to the church where hundreds of Rwandans were massacred during the genocide, July 1995. (Flickr / UN Photo)

Twenty-five years of atrocities and the responsibility to protect. Whether or not to intervene in national conflicts - and to what extent - has challenged activists and humanitarian decision-makers for decades. As the UN commemorates the start of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, The New Humanitarian looks back at a quarter of a century of non-interference, intervention and the horrors that led to ‘The Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P).

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Image: Anti-coup protesters hold pictures of people killed by the military during a protest in Yangon, 5 April. (AP Photo)

The civilian death toll in Myanmar has passed yet another grim milestone, with local rights groups claiming more than 700 people have been killed by the military since the start of the coup on 1 February, including dozens of children. Aid groups on the ground have also warned the country’s efforts to contain Covid-19 are crumbling amid the post-coup chaos, raising fears of a third wave of infections.

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Next on the agenda

📍 14 April | What’s going on in Myanmar? Feminist perspectives and international responsibility. Feminist advocates based in Myanmar join a discussion of the recent developments in the country since the military coup, with a special focus on what role the international community should play.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (EN)

📍 19 April - 7 May | Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW). This year’s virtual event will bring together diverse humanitarian practitioners and experts for over 250 sessions exploring topics ranging from localisation and accountability to affected populations to emergency response during the pandemic.

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) (EN)

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