Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict

February 24 - February 26, 2016

World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Co-Sponsored by the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Exhibit is open February 24 and 25, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm AND
February 26, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

After the Holocaust, the world said "never again," yet those words have come to mean "over and over again." Although there are many complicated reasons why genocides happen, there is one simple reason: we let them happen.

We believe that ordinary people have the power to create a world without genocide. Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict is a multimedia, multicultural, multigenerational exhibit designed to educate people about genocide; explain the causes and consequences of genocide; present action steps to prevent it; and remember those in our own communities who have fled from these atrocities and whose families and communities have been destroyed.

Tents of Witness features tents that simulate those used in refugee camps. The tents each depict the story of different groups persecuted based on their identity: race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Tents include the stories of Native Americans, Armenians, and the Holocaust; and the catastrophes in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, North Korea, Darfur, Argentina, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Each tent represents the diversity and beauty of each place and people. The exhibit illustrates clearly that no people or place has been immune from such atrocities.


Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict related programs



The Rape Capital of the World: Standing Up for Women in Congo
Facilitated by Dr. Edwige Mubonzi, M.D.

Dr. Mubonzi, a gynecologist-obstetrician, practiced medicine at Panzi Hospital, Congo, working with Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to aid women victims of horrific sexual violence.  She lives in St. Paul and raises awareness for the crisis in Congo and for support of initiatives to restore women and girls to physical and psycho-social health.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST: Free; please RSVP
Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE credits

This program is now closed for registration.

The International Criminal Court:  Women as Victims, Perpetrators, Prosecutors, and Judges
Michelle Johnson, Megan Manion, Sarah Schmidt
Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellows in Human Rights &  Law

The International Criminal Court is the world’s first permanent court established to prosecute individual perpetrators for crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, and aggression.  This special program highlights women in all of these roles but most especially in their significance in shaping international criminal law.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST: Free; please RSVP
Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE credits

This program is now closed for registration.

I Came to Testify: The Bosnia Rape Camp Trials (film)
Discussion led by Dr. Ellen Kennedy
Executive Director of World Without Genocide

This film about the Foca rape camp trials focuses on landmark jurisprudence to prosecute the crime of rape, the women who prosecuted the Foca perpetrators, and the extremely courageous women who came forward, at great risk to themselves and their loved ones, to testify against the men who brutalized them.

WHEN: Friday, February 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

COST: Free; please RSVP
Continuing Legal Education Credits: 2.0 Standard CLE credits

This program is now closed for registration.

About World Without Genocide:


World Without Genocide works to protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence. World Without Genocide envisions a future in which genocide and other mass atrocities, perpetrated against innocent people based solely on who they are, will disappear from the earth.