Genocide is a Major International Issue
In 1948 the United Nations declared genocide an international crime and approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this Convention describes genocide as: Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the grou...
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...dia to get the message around the world of what was happening in Rwanda. He believed “one line by a Western reporter was worth as much as a battalion on the ground” (Samantha, A Problem From Hell 2002, pg. 355). The media helps make populations aware of a catastrophe taking place or about to take place. The UN’s Blue Berets give people hope that there will be protection. The UN being involved in a situation to keep peace is exactly what that does. In Rwanda the mission was “a huge bluff” (Shake Hands With The Devil, 2004). In 2013 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN peacekeepers and DRC troops effectively intervened and defeated the rebel groups and signed a peace agreement. This event sparked the first time the UN officially authorized to take action to protect civilians. This success shows how early actions can and will save thousands of innocent lives.
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