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Russia-Ukraine War: Ramifications Of Recognition Of Genocide

Dr Melanie O’Brien, Australian Outlook. Discussion about genocide is currently circulating in the context of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. “Genocide” has appeared from two angles: firstly, as Russia’s justification for its invasion of Ukraine under the (notably false) allegation that Ukraine is committing genocide in its Donbass region; and secondly, some have raised the question of…

How Netherlands expunged responsibility for genocide in Srebrenica

Aurora Weiss, IDN-InDepthNews. Thousands of people converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica on July 11 to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the Holocaust. While thousands of Bosniaks grieve over the more than 8,000 loved ones killed by the Serbs, the Netherlands erases its responsibility for the genocide more…

Neoliberalism has enabled genocide in Tigray

Mulubrhan Balehegn, Ethiopia Insight. Just two months into the war, President Joe Biden and Canadian lawmakers have already used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Russia’s crimes in Ukraine. These same governments are not only downplaying an extensively documented genocide and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region but also continue to provide diplomatic support to the Ethiopian government. The rush by Western leaders to declare…

The 1994 Rwandan genocide culprits must be brought to justice

Mehdi Alavi, Fair Observer. Rwanda is a landlocked country located in East Africa. According to the Peace Worldwide Organization’s Civility Report 2021, Rwanda has a population of 13 million, a literacy rate of 73%, a gross domestic product (GDP) of $10.4 billion, and per capita income of $800, which makes it one of the poorest countries…

UN Chief joins Rwandese to denounce ‘deliberate, systematic’ use of genocide

Lisa Vives, IDN-InDepthNews. NEW YORK (IDN) — Speaking by video on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world community to choose humanity over hatred; compassion over cruelty; courage over complacency and reconciliation over rage. If anyone missed the underlying message, the…

Genocide in Tigray !

Girmay M., Ethiopia Insight. The war in Tigray has been characterized in various ways. Until recently, the Ethiopian government referred to it as a “law enforcement operation.” International actors, meanwhile, often presented it as a “civil war.” However, the view among Tigrayan activists is that calling it a “law enforcement operation” is cruel and ludicrous government propaganda, while…

Bosnia genocide denial stirs tension

Julia Crawford, Justice Info. The outgoing UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rare use of his executive powers to ban genocide denial is causing political waves, including threats of “dissolution” from the Serb leader of the joint presidency. Will this controversial move help or hinder peace and justice, and how might the new legal…

Why the High Representative had to criminalize Srebrenica genocide denial

Isak Nilsson, The Loop. On 23 July 2021, Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), criminalised public denial, trivialising, or condoning of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as glorification of the individuals sentenced for these mass atrocities. Inzko invoked the Bonn Powers after the parliamentary assembly of BiH failed to…

Serbian state refuses to recognize Srebrenica genocide even after passing of 25 years

Dr. Jelena Dureinovic, Fair Observer. In January this year, the public attention was drawn to a Serbian souvenir shop selling shirts with the inscription “Noz, Zica” (“Knife, Wire”), the slogan celebrating the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica where the Bosnian Serb forces killed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys. The Belgrade-based shop specializes in streetwear honoring Serbian nationalism, irredentism…

French President’s campaign to reveal the country’s sins in Africa

Peter Isackson, Fair Observer. One of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past 30 years took place in 1994 in Rwanda. Approximately 800,000 people died in a genocidal campaign led by the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority. The rampage began after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. The Hutus immediately blamed the Tutsis and initiated a “well-organized campaign of…

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