The Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice (CSGJ), established by the Liberation War Museum in 2014, is aimed to organise and promote research, documentation, study, education and networking on genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Bangladesh and other parts of the world. The center will work to strengthen the national and global efforts for Genocide Prevention (GP) and the non-violent method of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The center will strengthen the initiatives to establish justice for mass atrocities and for recognition, restitution, reparation and healing of the victims. The core mission of CSGJ is to commemorate those who perished in genocide, to celebrate who survived, to educate upcoming generations and to dedicate its effort to uphold the cause of truth and justice.
The center will make efforts:
•To increase understanding of the history and legacy of genocide and other massive violations of human rights with the intent of preventing such atrocities in the future.
•To conduct research on genocidal acts, its implications and related issues, including Bangladesh genocide, other genocides and crimes against humanity committed in various parts of the world as well as gender issues, witness and victim protection, relevant legislations etc.
•To offer certificate course and short course on genocide and justice studies for the young academics, researchers journalists, lawyers and activists.
•To foster the study of genocide and related subjects at an undergraduate and postgraduate level through summer and winter schools, seminars, workshops, camps to develop and disseminate advanced knowledge and reflection on the issues and values they raise.
•To create and develop links with other international institutions and individuals sharing the aims and objectives of the Centre.
•To encourage social activism and a greater individual responsibility to promote justice for past crimes of mass atrocities and build peaceful society.
•To promote scholarly publications in these areas to bring the particular contribution of the Center to current debates on genocide and related issues.
•To develop an understanding of the past so that the moral and ethical issues raised can be instructive in dealing with contemporary human rights abuses.
•To encourage empathy, compassion and a deeper understanding of what it means to be – Human!
The Center’s functions include:
• Educational workshops and courses for educators, activists and learners.
• Diversity management workshops and public speaking engagements at different schools and institutions.
• Arrange summer and winter school for students of Law, Sociology, International Relations, Peace and Conflict, Women and Gender etc. to provide an in-depth knowledge on genocide related issues from national and international perspectives.
• Conduct relevant research project nationally and internationally.
• Provide internship and fellowship.
• Publish annual journal with contribution from scholars and experts on genocide.
• Conduct regular workshops, discussions with visiting fellows.
• Contribute in enriching LWM’s archival work and exhibitions.
• Create a special section in the LWM library with books and publications related to genocidal issues.
• Develop manual on genocide studies for school and university students and approach various institutions to take courses on the basis of the manual.
• Engage volunteers to catalogue resources, compile clippings on topics relevant to the Centre and get involved in other activities of the Centre.
• Create a knowledge base on Bangladesh genocide and related issues. Develop a core team of researchers and activists in promoting the cause of justice.
• Provides internship and research fellowship for the dedicated individuals.
This center is run by the Director, Mofidul Hoque, who is a Trustee member of Liberation War Museum. It maintains a monthly roster for the volunteers and organizes certificate courses, residential winter schooling and seminars on various issues relating to genocide and mass atrocity crimes.