GENOCIDE! …. a word meaning the killing of a race, tribe or family. It’s happening as you read this! Does “Never Again” mean only when it does not interfere with geo-political liasons and mega-deals made?
The world once said, "Never Again," after Hitler's Holocaust, a well known and documented case of genocide that shocked the world and more specifically, the Jews of the world into swearing, Never Again!
Sadly, the world lied and has not remained true to that battle cry! Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Well, there is a world full of good men that have done absolutely nothing while holocausts have been repeated all over their world.
Raphael Lemkin is another of history’s unsung heroes and is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1943. His interest began before World War II with the Armenian Genocide and campaigned in the League of Nations to ban what he called "barbarity" and "vandalism".
It was at John Casmir University that Lemkin became interested in the concept of the crime, which later evolved into the idea of genocide, which was based mostly on the experience of Assyrians massacred in Iraq during the 1933 Simele massacre and the Armenian Genocide during World War I.
In 1933 Lemkin made a presentation to the Legal Council of the League of Nations conference on international criminal law in Madrid, for which he prepared an essay on the Crime of Barbarity as a crime against international law.
Lemkin joined the Polish Army and defended Warsaw during the siege of that city in World War II and with the help of Duke University law professor Malcolm McDermott he received permission to enter the United States, arriving in 1941.
Although he managed to save his life, he lost 49 relatives in the Holocaust; they were among over 3 million Polish Jews and Lithuanian Jews who were annihilated during the Nazi occupation. Some members of his family died in areas annexed by the Soviet Union. The only European members of Lemkin's family who survived the Holocaust were his brother, Elias, and his wife and two sons, who had been sent to a Soviet forced labor camp. Lemkin did however successfully aid his brother and family in emigrating to Montreal, Canada in 1948.
Lemkin's idea of genocide as an offense against international law was widely accepted by the international community and was one of the legal bases of the Nuremberg Trials. In 1945 to 1946, Lemkin became an advisor to Supreme Court of the United States Justice and Nuremberg Trial chief counsel Robert H. Jackson.
After the war, Lemkin remained in exile in the United States and continued his campaign for international laws defining and forbidding genocide, which he had championed ever since the Madrid conference of 1933. He proposed a similar ban on crimes against humanity during the Paris Peace Conference of 1945, but his proposal was turned down.
With the support of the United States, Lemkin’s resolution for a Genocide Convention treaty was formally presented and adopted on December 9, 1948 as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
This treaty had confined its consideration solely to physical aspects of genocide which The Convention defines as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, such as:
EDITORIAL NOTE: Last night on CNN, Christiane Amanpour introduced us to the courageous few who saw evil and tried to stop the killing in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and now, as we speak Darfur. Tragically all attempts to abate the genocide have been unsuccessful.
During WWII, most of the world was unaware of Hitler’s atocities and those that did know turned a blind eye towards the unspeakable. Today global communications shine a light on genocides as they occur however the world’s powers do little or nothing! WHY?
In every instance, politicians continued to play their game of greed and self-service while tens of thousands are raped, mutilated and murdered. Lenkins law has not proven to be enough.
Until the world becomes outraged enough to force their leaders to stop being “good men that do nothing”……nothing will change!
***We at The Lang Report are extremely passionate about the subject of “man’s continued inhumanity to man” otherwise known as GENOCIDE. We will continue to enlighten our readers on this subject until the world is free of this cruelty. Stay tuned and stay involved!
AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:
The American Spectator : The Other Side of Genocide - The network heavily promoted her "Scream Bloody Murder" documentary (that aired last night and will several times more), which addresses repeated occurrences of genocide since 1948 when members of the United Nations agreed on a pact to ...
Sudan Watch: Genocide in Darfur? To answer it, ICC Prosecutor ... - April 09, 2006 post - Juan Mendez, UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, tells press "definitely ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur" - provides links to the following reports: ...
Impunity Watch: Europe: Serbian Police Intensify Search For ... - The former general is charged with genocide by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He is accused of orchestrating the 1995 massacre of 8000 Muslims in Srebrenica, the worst carnage in Europe since World War II. ...
Three Tools to Fight Genocide - Mark Hanis : The News Film Blog - Hanis presents opportunities for individuals to have a direct impact on the ground where genocide is occurring: from projects in Darfur that provide protection for women and girls in refugee camps to monitoring and prevention programs ...
Media and human rights: Preventing Genocide: a tribute to CNN - Most media seem to be unaware that we are approaching the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations on December 8, 1948 of the Convention on the Prevention and the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. CNN has not forgotten ...