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Genocide is downright one of the most horrible and brutal acts of humanity. Although it is part of human nature, no one is exactly sure why people do it. Last century was coined “the age of genocide” by some scholars. The horrors of those genocides are reminders of the preventative measures that the United Nations needs to incorporate. Genocide is not the inexorable outcome of heinous and absurd leaders. Learning from past genocides about predicting future ones can help in averting genocide in the future.
Genocide, a dire event, has been recurring time and time again throughout history. In the past, there was the Holocaust, where Hitler exterminated over six million Jews based on his anti-semitic views. Elie Wiesel, a Jewish author, has become a very influential man in educating the world of the true events of the Holocaust due to his involvement in the disaster. Presently, a genocide is occurring in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, in which according to Cheryl Goldmark, “a systematic slaughter of non-Arab residents at the the hands of Arab militiamen called Janjaweed” has been taking place since 2003. (1) Not only is genocide a tragic historical event, it also continuously occurs today.
Genocide, or the systematic destruction of a race or tribe is an all too common phenomenon in our planet’s history and even more so in Africa. Genocide and war share many common causes such as desperation brought on by a declining economy. Experts on the Central African Republic believe that current events point to a possible repeat of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, in which over one million people were killed. Many think that U.N. involvement is necessary to stop the escalating violence in the Central African Republic; others believe that the dismal track record of the U.N. in similar situations makes it unlikely that they could be effective in the current crisis. Regardless, an already bad human rights situation is likely to worsen.
In conclusion, Genocide took the lives of many people that were innocent and had limited resources. This has been done to children as well as to men and women; there is no way that these people could have done anything wrong. The people that participated in this immoral act did this because they thought that they had the right to. So, it is a tragedy that so many had to
According to Dictionary.com Genocide is the “deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.” A few notable examples of genocide would be the War in Darfur, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Holocaust which are all among some of the worst genocides of the 20th century. The situation in Darfur is in part still going on today, while the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide are now a serious part of our world’s history. Each of these three genocides occurred due to political powers spinning out of control, and resulting in mass killings of those that the leaders did not favor. Although it seems that genocide is a part of history and it is put in the back of everyone’s minds, genocide does still exist today and will always be a part of people’s lives in this world.
In April of 1994, the converging forces of history culminated in one of the Twentieth Century’s most brutal crimes against humanity, in the small East African nation of Rwanda. In just one hundred days, by official estimates, over 800,000 Tutsi men, women, and children were slaughtered at the hands of Hutu majority population and government (Scheffer, 125). It is estimated that 333 human beings were slaughtered per hour during this period (Do Scars Ever Fade). By all accounts, this was a preventable genocide. The world’s most powerful nations received damning evidence regarding the mass slaughter of innocent civilians, yet refused to intervene (Ferroggiagio).
In today’s world, it is of the utmost importance to learn from mistakes of the past. Certain events, especially tragedies that could have been avoided, hold within them the lessons and wisdom that should be used to prevent similar disasters. The 1994 Rwandan genocide resulted in over 800, 000 deaths of the Tutsi people, at the hands of the Hutu; the genocide, and the international response to it, is a lesson about the humanitarian responsibilities, successes, and shortcomings of the United Nations.
The Responsibility to Protect doctrine is a United Nations (UN) initiative which was created to prevent the act of genocide (United Nations, 2014. pg. 1). According to the guidelines, states must maintain the utmost duty to halt and pre...
Various schools of thought exist as to why genocide continues at this deplorable rate and what must be done in order to uphold our promise. There are those who believe it is inaction by the international community which allows for massacres and tragedies to occur - equating apathy or neutrality with complicity to evil. Although other nations may play a part in the solution to genocide, the absolute reliance on others is part of the problem. No one nation or group of nations can be given such a respo...
From the 1990s to 1995 in Southeastern Europe, specifically those states in the Western Balkans fought in a war between their fellow bordering states. The conflict began due to Bosnia’s interracial mixture of people specifically in relation to Bosnian Muslims, Serbs, and Croats. The war was mainly between Serbians, Croatians, and Bosnians as the Serbian motives to participate in the war were focused around ethnic differences. This investigation will determine the extent to which Serbia’s involvement in the Bosnian War was due to religious reasons through the research question: “To what extent was Serbia’s involvement in the Bosnian war from 1990 to 1995 due to religious causes?”