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.
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. We have remained small but our influence has grown.
In the coming year, our emphasis on genocide education will increase, as I complete and publish 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 in translation around the world.
In the near future, we plan to develop an online course on Genocide in conjunction with George Mason’s Office of Distance Education or with the publisher of our textbook for secondary school students.
December 31, 2015
President, Genocide Watch
Genocide Watch Annual Report 2014
2013 and 2014 have been productive years 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. Beginning in 2015, a new President will need to receive a salary. Genocide Watch is raising funds to support her work.
• 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, http://www.genocidewatch.org , 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 has established an official affiliation with George Mason University. Working with the George Mason University Foundation, 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 permanent 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.
• In 2015, Prof. Stanton will complete his 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.
• Proceeds from sales of the Ten Stages of Genocide textbook will make Genocide Watch self-sufficient by the summer of 2015.
• Genocide Watch has recruited a new President – Elect for Genocide Watch. However, she will not be able to take office until Genocide Watch has raised sufficient funds to pay her a full-time salary. We hope to do so in 2015.
• 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 will also recruit a Board of Trustees to help Genocide Watch raise money and oversee Genocide Watch’s financial future.
December 17, 2014
Dr. Gregory Stanton
Founder and President
Genocide Watch, Inc.