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Transcript of Genocide
Cide: Latin for to kill.
The term Genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish, Jewish lawyer named Rafael Lemkin in an attempt to describe what happened in the Holocaust.
The United Nations defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:
1. Killing members of the group;
2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
3. Deliberately inflicting on the group, conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.
5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
-drive groups apart, isolate the target.
-Pass laws about intermarriage and social interaction.
-Kill, silence, threaten, intimidate political moderates.
8 Stages of Genocide
-Us vs. Them
-Distinguish by nationality, ethnicity, race or religion.
Prevention: use categories/language that unites, such as common humanity. Common institutions, such as schools
Types of dress
Prevention: legally forbid the use of known hate symbols
-Deny the humanity of the other group.
-Hate propaganda in speeches and print.
-Watch for words like "ethnic cleansing, purification."
-oppose it openly whenever you see it.
-shut down/make public hate media/propaganda.
-requires organization, often the state or militias.
-specific plans are made.
Prevention: membership to genocidal organizations should be a crime.
-provide financial and technical support to moderates.
-security protection for moderate leaders
-support human rights groups.
-seize assets of extremists.
-Victims are separated.
-Segregation into ghettos/camps.
-Deportation to regions with very little resources.
-Weapons are stock piled.
-Extermination areas are created.
-Recognition from the International Community.
-Diplomatic pressure should be applied.
-Courts for accountability