Across the globe, Sites of Conscience are increasingly reporting that their governments are unwilling to acknowledge well-documented atrocities, that former sites of detention and torture are at risk of destruction, and that those in power are promoting revisionist histories that glorify perpetrators of war crimes and anti-democratic action under the guise of populism. This trend has coincided with a rise in nationalist rhetoric and extremist policies that undermine core democratic values, and exclude from the public narrative the stories of marginalized groups, of victims and survivors, rural and indigenous communities, religious and ethnic minorities.

Sites of Conscience across the globe are perfectly equipped spaces to counter this erasure of historic truths. To support them, the Coalition is hosting three virtual global learning exchanges in 2020 designed to meet urgent needs related to capacity-building in documentation, youth engagement, human rights education and advocacy through digital platforms, each of which will enable our member sites to fortify their communities against the forces of historic revisionism and in doing so protect human rights and democratic values for decades to come.

Unless otherwise noted, all Sites of Conscience members are invited to join these meetings regardless of which region they reside. In some cases, where noted, the public is also invited to attend. For more information, contact Linda Norris, the Coalition’s Director of Global Networks, at lnorris@sitesofconscience.org.

Latin America and the Caribbean

This 2020 global workshop – to be hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Sites of Conscience Network – will explore how Sites of Conscience around the world effectively counter revisionist attacks and will develop best practices for Sites being targeted by hostile governments. The meeting will take place from November 9-13, 2020.

In coordination with this, the Latin America and Caribbean Sites of Conscience Network is currently hosting a four-part series entitled, Denialism and Relativism in Latin America, which is open to the public and transmitted through Facebook Live. Click below for more information.

For more information, please contact Gegê Leme Joseph, Regional Manager for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Asia and the Pacific

With the rise in social media use and access, among other factors, serious concerns have arisen around the accuracy of contemporary and historic narratives of significant events. Proper—ethical, inclusive, locally led—documentation of human rights violations is one tool that can help communities counter this disturbing trend. In this workshop, to be held from December 7-11, 2020, Sites of Conscience members will develop new capacity to carry out locally led documentation initiatives and gain a new understanding of how documentation can be used to support civic engagement, accountability and justice in fragile democratic settings.

The workshop will be hosted by the Asia and Pacific Sites of Conscience Network in collaboration with the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation. Please check this page regularly as more information will be available soon.

For more information, please contact Silvia Fernandez, Regional Manager for Europe, Asia and the Pacific.