Ending World Genocide

The Fight for Human Lives

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"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere." Elie Weisel spoke these words during his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech in December 1989. He was awarded the prestigious prize for his novel Night, the memoir of his experience surviving the Holocaust. The Holocaust is an event that changed history as we know it; tens of thousands of Jews were annihilated by Hitler and his Nazi soldiers in concentration camps. This act of murdering a group of people with the intent to destroy them is known as genocide. The world shudder at the horrors once the truth was revealed. "Never shall we forget!" they all cried. And yet.... Two simple words packed with so much weight. Perhaps we did forget when genocide began in Rwanda. What about the genocide in Armenia? Danfur? Cambodia? Bosnia?

Genocide Statistics

Holocaust: 5,700,000 killed from 1933-1945

Bosnia: 250,000 killed from 1992-1995

Rwanda: 1,000,000 killed in 1994

Somalia: 300,000 killed from 1991-present

Darfur: at least 450,000 killed from 2003-present

Quick Facts

  • In 1948, the United Nations declared genocide to be an international crime.
  • An international treaty signed by some 120 countries in 1998 established the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of genocide.
  • Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:
    (a) Killing its members;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Fight Against It

So many people are affected by this inhumane act. We must come together as a people and "never forget" but also never allow. We must speak up for our fellow man and end the hate. There is so much that can be done. Help us actively fight against genocide by educating people and becoming involved in the solution. Check out the links below to find ways you can make a difference.