Forum on Genocides of the Past and the Present : Can You Help ?
The student organization that sponsored this forum is STAND- A Student Anti -Genocide Coalition. At its core, their mission is to empower individuals and communities to prevent and stop genocide. The organization was founded by students seeking to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan and seek to unite students around the world in a permanent anti- genocide constituency.
Article 2, of the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.
Among the cases of genocides that were discussed by the speakers were the American Indian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide and the Burmese Genocide. The Armenian genocide took place during the ottoman empire. It is believed to be the first case of genocide in the 20th century around 1916. Women were being raped during death marches, pregnant women’s bellies were cut open after being raped the During the Ottoman Empire, Armenians, as Christians, were guaranteed limited freedoms (such as the right to worship), but were treated as second-class citizens. Nothing was/ is being done to recognize this historical event. The Turkish government is refusing to acknowledge that the genocide ever occurred. The American Indian Genocide as discussed by the speaker started in the 15th century, when Columbus first came in contact with the Indians, mass exterminations were carried out. If gold was not brought to him every month, and if you’re an Indian adult, you lose a limb or a diff part of your...