Daniel Halliday
Dec 4 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
How can humanity prevent genocide?
Genocide is seen as one of the worst crimes against humanity; however they remain a common issue around the world with culprits rarely held responsible. What can be done differently to successfully prevent, reduce or even just prosecute genocide?
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Break this cycle of impunity
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Don’t give in to political pressure
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Break the mechanisms for inciting hatred
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Act fast
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Break this cycle of impunity

The only two things that could possibly aid prosecution of genocide is without doubt boosting the efficacy of the United Nations to pressurise guilty parties, and especially strengthening the International Criminal Court's power to prosecute génocidaires. The world has set the international institutions to prosecute such crimes; however these institutions remain powerless, largely ignored or locked in a legal stalemate. The power needs to be taken back by these institutions to enable them to break the cycle of impunity and act as an effective deterrent for such crimes.

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Don’t give in to political pressure

Despite best intentions genocide continues in various places around the world, reform of international law to prosecute those that are friendly with guilty parties may be necessary to deal with such barbaric crimes. World leaders need the political will to stop such depraved acts and not get sucked into or give into political pressure. The lack of accountability amounts to the complicity of nations and governments that perpetuate good relations with guilty parties; they are aiding the normalisation of war crimes and should be held accountable too.

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Break the mechanisms for inciting hatred

The overwhelming majority of genocides of history have been carried out across religious or racial lines, often with person/s of influence utilising racial or religious divides for their own political gain. Appealing to religious bodies to involve themselves in making the cultural change to stop religious hatred and oust those who try to utilise religious divides politically would help in the fight against genocides. Likewise education could also prove a powerful tool, if more people are educated to the reality that we are all one human race, and that what we call racial variation is actually a small difference in DNA due to historic geographical isolation, racial differences may seem of less significance. Making the tools for inciting hatred useless may help prevent further genocides.

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Act fast

Genocide is not a quick operation relatively speaking, with the intent of removing a people group altogether ultimately being a protracted act to commit. It can be seen time and time again in history, ethnic tensions that have turned into large-scale, widespread violence and do not get challenged, turn into acts of genocide. The world needs an organisation from the international community, such as the United Nations, to have a clear, concise and fast acting plan to oversee and deal with ethnic tensions before they become something more.

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