In his essay Perpetual Peace, Immanuel Kant wrote that democratic states will be naturally averse to war – it is the people who suffer from conflict, and they will therefore avoid war at all costs. Although the nature of war has changed a great deal since the 18th century, this claim seems to be borne … More Intervention and Genocide Prevention
30th June 1989 Omar al-Bashir assumed office as President of Sudan. To mark this anniversary, and in protest against poor governance in Sudan, campaigning NGO Waging Peace is holding a demonstration on the 30th June. Waging Peace campaigns against human rights abuses in Sudan. Having been founded in 2004, at the height of the genocide … More Waging Peace: Sudan Demonstration 30th June
Above: Frequency of posts in a Myanmar nationalist Facebook group through 2017 Above: Myanmar nationalist Facebook posts per hour in 2017 In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the realisation of the influence it had on the outcomes of the USA Presidential Elections and Brexit, more and more stories regarding the usage of … More Social Media and Genocide
On Sunday, 22nd April, four mass graves holding victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide were found in the Gasabo District, near the capital of Kigali. Excavations have resulted in the recovery of around 200 bodies so far, with workers continuing their efforts and searching for a fifth site. It is believed that around 3,000 victims … More What does the discovery of mass graves in Rwanda mean for reconciliation?
The Syria crisis encapsulates every frustration of the world-weary, peace-mongering UK citizen. The short-termism of the solutions provided by Western leaders from the safety of the witness box. The static inefficiency of the Security Council. The collective desensitisation to relentless violence inflicted upon a population who have been reduced to statistics. However, as we form … More Response to the Syria airstrikes
STAND, an international coalition of student and youth organisations working to end genocide and mass atrocities, calls for an immediate global arms embargo on Burma in order to help end the atrocities currently taking place in Rakhine state against the Rohingya minority population. This is only the most recent military campaign targeting minorities in the … More STAND Statement on a Global Arms Embargo on Burma (Myanmar)
Monday 26th of February. In the morning the Foreign Affairs Council meets to discuss and adopt some resolutions as a response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Myanmar/Burma. The main outcome is short and quite disappointing: “In view of the situation, the Council invites in its conclusions the High Representative to make proposals without delay … More EU Council conclusions on Myanmar: what else can the EU do?
April 24th marks the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide; an event in history which continues to be deeply controversial and bitterly contested to this day. The mass killing of approximately 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during the remains of the war-torn empire in WW1, is widely regarded by historians as one of … More Turning a blind eye: the Armenian genocide
Holodomor, the great famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine, holds profound lessons for genocide prevention activists today. This intentional programme of mass starvation shows how genocide does not merely emerge from racial or religious tensions, but may reflect a single-mindedness in political actors too willing to sacrifice human dignity as a means to an end. The … More Holodomor and remembering our common humanity
Rise in anti-Semitic attacks during National Hate Crime Awareness Week Genocide is everywhere and always preceded by a surge of hate speech directed at religious or ethnic minorities. In Rwanda, Tutsi were called ‘cockroaches’ in order to dehumanise them and to justify their mass murder. This relationship suggests we should be wary of how similar … More Anti-Semitism in Leeds