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Kamala Sarup: Stop Further Genocide

Stop Further Genocide


By Kamala Sarup

I argue, genocide is getting worse, and that not enough is being done to action the causal links between world body and the peace groups, not enough is being done to prevent further genocide, and I think that mankind will be destroyed if genocide is not abated. I especially concern about those women and children who are more affected and killed.

Genocide and crime against people is everywhere. Peace groups are totally in agreement that genocide does create poverty, crimes and strength terrorism.

1. After years of brutality, genocide (15,000 people killed), Maoist rebels are now engaged in peace negotiations. The Maoists have pledged to continue negotiations with the new government. The Nepalese government and the Maoists have so far held two meetings.

2. In the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, conflict between the three main ethnic groups, the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, resulted in genocide committed by the Serbs against the Muslims in Bosnia. Over 200,000 Muslim civilians had been systematically murdered. More than 20,000 were missing and feared dead, while 2,000,000 had become refugees. It was, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, "the greatest failure of the West since the 1930s. (source: The United Humanrights.org/Genocide/ 2006.)

3. 11 million people killed during the Holocaust, six million were Polish citizens. Three million were Polish Jews and another three million were Polish Christians and Catholics.

4. The Rwandan Genocide is the massacre of an estimated 800,000 to 1,071,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda, mostly carried out by two extremist Hutu militia groups, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi, during a period of 100 days from April 6th through mid-July 1994. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wikiThe_Holocaust, Rwandan_Genocide)

5. According to reports by the World Food Program, the United Nations and the Coalition for International Justice, 3.5 million people in Darfur are now hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced due to violence, and 400,000 people have died in Darfur thus far. The international community is failing to protect civilians or to influence the Sudanese government to do so. (Source:The Save Darfur Coalition, 2006)

6. An estimated 1.7 million people were executed or died of starvation, overwork or disease under the ultra-Maoist regime from 1975 to 1979. No Khmer Rouge leader has ever faced justice, and Pol Pot himself died in a jungle guerrilla camp in 1998. The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the country's population), was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century. (source; http://www.yale.edu/cgp/)

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1948 and came into effect in January 1951. The total number of states who have ratified the convention is currently 137. As a result, the convention excludes from the definition of genocide the killing of members of a social class, members of a political or ideological group, and that of cultural killings. (Source;Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide)

On April 7, 2004 in a speech in Geneva commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide In Rwanda, UN Secretary General Kofi Annn announced the Five Point Action Plan includes 1) preventing armed conflict which usually provides the context for genocide, 2) protection of civilians in armed conflict including a mandate for UN peacekeepers to protect civilians, 3) ending impunity through judicial action in both national and international courts, 4) information gathering and early warning through a UN Special Advisor for Genocide Prevention making recommendations to the UN Security Council on actions to prevent or halt genocide, and 5) swift and decisive action along a continuum of steps, including military action. (Source:UN)

To date all international prosecutions for genocide have been brought in specially convened international tribunals.

It is true we need to work hard in the world and in other countries. However, anti war movements and economic programs costs money - lots of it - and there are other demands on money too. Therefore, governments and the world authority must make priorities and that means that only the most intolerable genocide and crime against human will be eradicated. In the world money has been spent since many years on eliminating genocide. But we need to also eliminate certain war groups. Regulations must be tightened to curb excessive crimes and genocide.

However, we must remember that if people are not threatening revolts, then we can conclude that they are basically satisfied with the peace priorities with regard to the peaceful existence.

I want to stretches my argument that mankind is on the path of destruction from genocide, terrorism and war. People are dying in large numbers from genocide, hungry and poverty. Genocide, war and terrorism is becoming worse, in the earth.

There, more work on peace, poverty and equality must be devoted to eliminating known killers groups. If war and terrorism begins to kill people at higher rates, then more money will have to spent on it.

Action of genocide, war and terrorism are constantly shifting with circumstance. The governments and the world community should not conveniently ignore the difficulty of defining people. Anti genocide work must be associated with welfare costs to make practical sense to policy makers.

We need to wage peace and justice wherever genocide crimes are concentrated. The more peace actions to the world, the more people will survive. That means people including women and children will not victims.

It is true, some nations are still practising genocide and may fund them too, so I would prefer more agreeable governments in those countries. Perhaps economic pressures from the U.N. will suffice.

Genocide is a human threat and is being monitored closely to determine if the threat becomes serious.

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Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup (M.A.in Journalism) is an editor of peacejournalism.com. Some of the main focus of the e-magazine has been on disarmament, conflict resolution, nonviolent sanctions, conflicts and crises. Its activities include training,research and supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change. Kamala Sarup is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace Resolutions, Anti war, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, Development, and Politics.

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