University of São Paulo: Crimes of genocide are the topic of lecture this week

The International Tribunals: Crimes against Humanity and Genocide in the Dissolution Wars of the Former Yugoslavia is the subject of the lecture that opens the 2022 agenda of the Permanent Forum on Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, organized by the Laboratory for Studies on Ethnicity, Racism and Discrimination (Leer), at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) at USP, and by the Center for Studies on the International Protection of Minorities (Cepim), at the Faculty of Law (FD), also at USP. The event is free and will be held this Wednesday, the 30th, at 17:00, with free and live transmission over the internet (access data will be sent to those registered the day before).

The lecture will be given by guest professor Pedro Gryschek, Master in Law from USP with a dissertation on genocide in international law and Brazilian law, with emphasis on the trial of those accused of the Srebrenica genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Created in 2020, the Permanent Forum on Genocide and Crimes against Humanity “is one of Leer’s educational and preventive actions”, as Professor Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro, coordinator of Leer, says. “Despite its academic structures, the Permanent Forum aims to go beyond the walls of the University and invite non-academics to reflect on the proposed themes”, adds the professor, emphasizing that the objective is to reach a broad and diverse audience, specialized and non-specialized. .

Also according to the professor, the Forum has the purpose “not only to remember past events, but to recognize in hateful practices of past experiences the typicality of genocidal processes, such as the intensification of intolerance, hate speech and dehumanization processes, among others” . This recognition, continues Maria Luiza, allows “to combat repeated attitudes of denial about the past, about the present and about the future and reaffirm the renewed importance of permanent measures of recognition and inclusion of the identities of marginalized social groups”.

Also in the first half of the year, the Forum will promote three other lectures: The Mechanics of Nazi Discourse , with Marcos Guterman, historian and Opinion director of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo , author of the book Nazis among us and the doctoral thesis A Moral Nazista , guided by USP professor Anita Novinsky (April 27); Subverting the Hate Speech – The Reconquest in the Imaginary of the European Populist Right in the 21st Century , with Christiane Stallaert, professor of Ibero-American studies and intercultural communication at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (May 25th); and Legal Aspects of Ethnocide, with Tulio Novaes, PhD in Human Rights from USP, supervised by Professor Maria Luisa Tucci Carneiro, Prosecutor of the State of Pará and researcher at Leer (June 29). All lectures will be published in the Collection Genocides and Crimes against Humanity, created by the Forum and scheduled to be released this year.

The Permanent Forum on Genocide and Crimes against Humanity has the support of USP’s Center for the Study of Violence (NEV), B’nai B’rith-Brasil, the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB ), among other institutions.

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