Date and time: Thursday 8 March 2012
Speaker: Dr Mukesh Kapila
Chair: Margo Picken
Dr. Mukesh Kapila will discuss his experience speaking out against mass atrocities. As UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan between 2003/4 Dr. Kapila reported genocidal violence during the initial crisis in Darfur to the most senior levels of the UN before breaking the silence and propelling Darfur into the international limelight. Dr. Kapila recently returned to the Chad/Sudan border to observe the continued displacement of civilians and severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.
Chaired by Margo Picken, former director of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, Dr Kapila will speak for 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session focussing on practical mechanisms to prevent future mass atrocities.