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An analysis of perspectives on the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Hehir, Aidan (2010) An analysis of perspectives on the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Genocide Studies and Prevention, 5 (3). pp. 258-276. ISSN 1911-0359

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/gsp.5.3.258

Abstract

In April 2004, on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, the UN secretary-general established the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG). While the OSAPG has been hailed in some quarters as major institutional reform of significant importance, there has been no focused academic analysis of its mandate and work to date. This article addresses this gap and is based on a series interviews conducted with prominent members of the OSAPG itself and experts in the field of human rights. The article analyzes the differing perspectives on the OSAPG and identifies the major institutional weaknesses, methodological failings, and ongoing challenges facing the OSAPG as cited by the interviewees. While there is clearly broad—though not universal—support for the establishment of the OSAPG, there are a number of factors, both endogenous and exogenous, which appear to have limited the influence of the OSAPG, and it is not clear whether the office, as presently conceived, can realize the task it has been mandated.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:8271
Deposited On:12 Jul 2010 14:04
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