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Transcript of Genocide
By: Nick Petracco Genocide can be accomplished by preventing the reproduction of the group, which severely limits the population of the next generation. Is also accomplished by mass-murdering. General Overview Genocide is considered one of the worst offenses of a human rights issue, because of the amount of people that are targeted.
It is a human right issue because one person doesn't have the right to take away other people's rights just for being of a different religion, nationality, or race.
A few of the main rights that are taken away from the victims of genocide are life and freedom of religion. Cases of Genocide The most infamous account of genocide was the Holocaust.
The Holocaust took place in Nazi Germany from about 1939-45.
The Nazi's targeted mostly Jews
Between 9 and 11 million people lost their lives in the Holocaust, the majority of that number being Jews.
Other main groups that were killed included Soviets, Polish, homosexuals, gipsies, and people with mental and physical handicaps. A more recent case of genocide has been going on in Darfur
The government of Sudan has sent soldiers to fight rebels in the western region of Darfur.
The main objective is to kill and get rid of the darker-skinned muslim peoples of this region.
So far, 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes and 300,000 have died, a number that increases everyday. Why Commit Genocide? The major reason for the extermination of a certain group is the belief that society as a whole would benefit from the absence of said group.
The Nazi's thought the world would be a better place without the "undesirables" (Jews, Russians, Poles, Gypsies, disabled)
The government of Sudan believes that their country would be better off without the dark-skinned muslims A recent case of genocide was in Rwanda.
- After being oppressed for years by the minority ethnic group,the Tutsis, the Hutus wanted to remain in control.
- In 1994 the president, a Hutu, was killed by the Tutsis.
- The Hutus automatically fought back and killed 3/4 of the population.
- By April 1994, 800,000 Tutsi men, women and children were killed by the Hutus. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Genociide directly violates many of the clauses found in this document. It obviously violates clauses 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 21, 22, and 27. Everyone has the right to life, and if it is decided that a whole group should be exterminated, thousands, even millions of rights have been violated due to the prejudice of one. The ethnic group in Rwanda wanted to keep their power from the minorities, the Tutsis. Conviction of Genocide Nazi war criminals were tried and executed during the Nuremberg Trials from 1945-46.
Its very hard to convict people of genocide because its not just a single person, it's a whole group
Although there are many laws and documents that "prevent" violations of human rights, such as the UDHR, they are hard to enforce and get everybody to abide by them
These laws are only good on paper, and it is ultimately up to the governments of individual countries to prevent and convict such crimes What can you do to help? Visit the websites mentioned in the video
Donate to organizations such as Genocide Intervention
Respect the rights of people of different backgrounds Outlook for the Future Unfortunately, there will probably always be hatred among different cultures. People will always have conflict and violence. Although there are laws and organizations out there to help keep order, these can't be enforced. Therefore it is up to people to think for themselves and do the right thing. Genocide is a terrible thing, and as a species we can't allow it to happen. Works Cited "The Genocide In Darfur." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Nov. 2006. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
"Spotlight." Genocide Intervention Network. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
"United Human Rights Council." United Human Rights Council. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
Jones, Adam. "Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide: Overview." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
"United Human Rights Council." United Human Rights Council. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. www.filipspagnoli.wordpress.com