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Sunday, January 31, 2010

What is Genocide?

Many people in our world still ask:

"What is Genocide?"

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial, or religious group such as:

* Killing members of the group.
* Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
* Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to bring about it's physical        
* Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.
* Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Genocide does not only involve direct violence. It can involve creating conditions -such as starvation- that will kill people. It is usually committed by a government or a group of individuals with political power.
Article II
  of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Hereros 1904 - 1905
Armenians 1915 - 1918
Holocaust 1939 - 1945
Cambodia 1975 - 1979
Bosnia 1992 - 1995
Rwanda 1994
Darfur 2003 - TODAY

 Why did the world say "NEVER AGAIN" after the Holocaust then 4 more genocides????                    

       For Life.        
Are humans beings so ignorant, and selfish, that because it is not happening to them we ignore it. This is a shame to the entire Human Race. Governments call it Civil War between tribes, and take no responsibility. So many labels.......and when it is finally recognized as Genocide, the damage has been done, and it's irreversible. The women and children suffer for generations, physically, and emotionally. Rape is a weapon of war, or genocide. Inhumane torture, unimaginable to most people in America.

The Eastern Congo has not been considered genocide, but,  crimes against humanity.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) defines
crimes against humanity as:
  • murder
  • extermination
  • enslavement
  • forcible transfer of population
  • imprisonment in violation of international law
  • torture
  • rape
  • persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity
  • forced disappearances
  • apartheid
  • inhumane acts which intentionally cause great suffering or serious injury when they are:
    "committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack." 
The same torture and horrific crimes of rape as a weapon of war are being used. Roughly 3.8 million people die in a series of conflicts between the country’s corrupt, ineffectual government and armed rebels, as citizens are exploited and national resources are plundered from various outside forces. Since December, 15, 508 newly displaced people have been registered at dozens of camps, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the 47 UNHCR-run sites in the region to 116,000.
At least 200,000 cases of sexual violence have been recorded in eastern DRC since 1996, according to the UN. Across the country, an estimated 2.1 million people have been displaced by conflict, including about 538,880 in South Kivu Province and 1,130,000 in North Kivu. 

Women in the Congo

Darfur is our current genocide, by most countries, the United States agrees it is a genocide. The Arab Muslims want to rid the country of the Black Muslims.  President Omar al Bashir of Sudan denies his army is killing people or that he is involved with the Janjaweed.  His land is filled with oil, value to some countries denying genocide. He lies, steal's from his people as they are starving and 2.5 million have fled to IDP's Camps in Chad. He's wanted  for war crimes against humanity, pillaging villages, raping, women, girls and boys. We the people, can put enough pressure, by writing letters, signing petitions and speaking, tell your neighbors and friends to get involved.  Stop the violence.  This is a very dangerous man, and he must be locked up forever, or given a sex change and sent back to his own country as a woman. I like that one very much.

Tibet has been suffering from crimes against humanity.  Not considered genocide, Monks tortured, women raped with electric cattle prods. These peaceful, nonviolent people, have been brutalized because they would not denounce the Dalai Lama.

                                            Honoring the 14th Dalai Lama                    

                                                                  17th Karmapa Lama

                                                            Monasteries destroyed

China's government, big country, lots of economic value to the world. So we just turn away and pretend it's not happening. Wake up Governments, do something to STOP the VIOLENCE. Why did you lie to us when you said "NEVER AGAIN"? The most powerful people in the world can stop this, but, they sit at big tables, talking, having expensive dinners, and wine. Then they comprise, they make a deal, no solution. They are a part of the problem not the solution. We NEED a solution, we WANT a solution, there MUST be a solution. With any problem there IS a solution, it's called take ACTION.
So WE the people need to take the action to pressure our Governments. Write letters, call congress men and women, senators, and not with violence, but non violence. Ghandi changed a country, with non violence. He died for it, but he died in peace. I would prefer to die in peace, than violence. As a global community WE can make change happen. It's up to us, the people.
Our voices are the solution!!!

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