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Celebrating the 2024 Aurora Prize Laureate: Dr. Denis Mukwege

Together with our co-organizers, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the eighth Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to Dr. Denis Mukwege, a world-renowned gynecological surgeon and human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the Aurora Prize Ceremony at UCLA on May 9, 2024, Dr. Mukwege received a $1,000,000 award in support of the Panzi Hospital and Foundation which he founded in 1999. To date, the hospital and its staff have cared for more than 80,000 survivors of sexual violence.

The hospital not only treats survivors with physical wounds, but also provides legal aid, socio-economic reintegration, and psychosocial services to its patients. Dr. Mukwege has been fearless in his efforts to increase protections for women and to advocate that those responsible for sexual violence be brought to justice, including the Congolese government and militia groups laying siege to eastern DRC. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.

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Justice & Accountability for Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh Project

This project seeks to address impunity for international crimes perpetrated against Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh and parts of Armenia by the Azerbaijan government since 2020 to the present.

Backed by rigorous open-source investigation, fact-finding, and legal research and analysis, the project calls for concrete justice and accountability measures to be taken by states and international and regional courts and mechanisms in order to prevent further atrocities, address violations of the rights of Armenian refugees, and promote peace in the region.

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The Iranian Archive

We are collaborating with a powerful coalition of human rights organizations to launch the Iranian Archive. This landmark archive forensically preserves +1,300,000 vulnerable digital artifacts recording serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Woman, Life, Freedom movement protesters.

The Iranian Archive is intended to support future investigations and accountability proceedings. Many of the events documented appear to be serious human rights violations and may amount to crimes against humanity.

For accountability orgs seeking access to the Archive, please contact Jess Peake, promiseinstitute@law.ucla.edu

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2024 Symposium:
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Letter to President Biden on Nagorno/Karabakh-Artsakh

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, Executive Director Prof. Hannah R. Garry and other experts call on the Biden administration to put words to action for accountability for international crimes by Azerbaijan against displaced Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Concrete measure are needed NOW to prevent further atrocities including: impose sanctions, withhold military aid and establish a fact-finding mission.

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