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The Institute for Continuing History (ICH) is a professional research body that aims to illuminate large-scale acts of state-sponsored or communal violence for which the victims have had no redress. The Institute also examines the broader context within which repression and misgovernance occur ... more.


ICH panel discussion: Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis, 2016-17

25 April 2023

‘Clearance operations’ by the Myanmar military against Rohingya communities in Rakhine province In  October 2016 and August 2017 saw widespread human rights violations and the deaths of thousands. Around a million Rohingya refugees remain in Bangladesh in 2023.


In this panel discussion, three highly qualified commentators — Dr Suwita Hani Randhawa, former Ambassador Nicholas Coppel and Dr Morten Pedersen — talk to ICH's Dr Alastair McKenzie about accountability for the crisis, human rights mechanisms and possible future scenarios for the Rohingya. 


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ICH podcast: The Taste of Poison: Apartheid's black ops in Zimbabwe: Episode 2

20 January 2023

Our series, ‘The Taste of Poison: Apartheid’s black ops in Zimbabwe’, continues with Episode 2, covering the escalation of the clandestine battle between South Africa and Zimbabwe at the end of 1981. It investigates the fallout from the Gqabi killing, the sabotage of Zimbabwe’s national ammunition depot, the bombing of Zanu (PF) headquarters, and CIO’s intensifying pursuit of South African moles.


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ICH podcast: The Taste of Poison: Apartheid's black ops in Zimbabwe: Episode 1

22 November 2022

This series, ‘The Taste of Poison: Apartheid’s black ops in Zimbabwe’, examines the acts of espionage, assassination, sabotage and subversion conducted by South Africa within the borders of its northern neighbour during the 1980s. It also looks at the men who pulled the triggers and planted the bombs, as well as the impact of their actions, in what was a turbulent and sometimes devastating period for Zimbabwe and the region.

Episode 1 outlines the genesis of the Apartheid state’s policy towards Zimbabwe, and investigates its first cross-border operations, including the killing of ANC representative Joe Gqabi.

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ICH podcast: The Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966

14 July 2021

The Indonesian massacres of 1965 and 1966 were described by the CIA as ‘one of the ghastliest and most concentrated bloodlettings’ of the Cold War—and were responsible for up to a million deaths, according to some estimates. As such, they are comparable with some of the worst mass killings of the Century, but have remained relatively unknown. In this podcast, the Institute for Continuing History explores the growing body of research on the massacres that has emerged since the fall of Indonesia’s military regime in the late 1990s.


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ICH podcast: Series 1

7 December 2020

This series, ‘Smooth Lies & Sharp Knives: the Road to Gukurahundi’, looks at the events and ideas that led to mass killings in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, during 1983 and 1984. Episode 1 traces the development of the ideology that made the killings possible ... more.

Launch of ICH podcast

20 November 2020

'Continuing History', the podcast, explores episodes of mass murder, their perpetrators and their impacts, drawing on original research by ICH into some of the world's most egregious and forgotten acts of violence. The series also explores avenues for further research which are being pursued by ICH or other organisations. 'Continuing History' is available through all the major podcasting platforms, including Apple and Google podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Stitcher and others.

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The international community and the Gukurahundi killings

16 October 2020

In this online lecture, ICH's Executive Director, Stuart Doran, explains the position of external players during the mass killings in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, 1983-4. He argues that Tanzania and Mozambique, allies of Mugabe's government, were complicit in the atrocities, while the response of Western governments was generally 'slow', 'reluctant' and 'late'.

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