America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by Jay Winter

By Jay Winter

Lengthy sooner than Rwanda and Bosnia and the Holocaust, the 1st genocide of the 20 th century happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915. The essays during this assortment learn how american citizens realized of this disaster and attempted to assist its sufferers. wisdom and compassion, even though, weren't adequate to forestall the killings, and a poor precedent was once born in 1915. The Armenian genocide has haunted the U.S. and different Western nations during the 20th century.

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82 Lord Alton has been at the forefront of a public campaign on behalf of the Karen people of Burma, of whom 116,000 are in refugee camps inside Thailand, and an estimated 20,000 have died in recent years. ” Does the desperate plight of the Karen people constitute an aspect of genocide? On 17 January 2000 Lord Alton asked a British Government minister Baroness Scotland (herself a Black peer): Is she aware that many of the hotels and the tourist infrastructure in Burma have been built by slave labour, often involving in particular the Karen people and others from different ethnic minorities, who have been forcibly exploited and many of whom have even died during the creation of that tourist infrastructure?

Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e. 59 Armenians, Ukrainians, Chinese, Poles, Serbs, Jews, were each among the victims of mass murder in the first half of the twentieth century leading up to the convention who came within this definition. The coming into being of the Genocide Convention did not signal an end to genocide.

Trials for war crimes have been established at the Hague. Compare that with our reaction to Burma or to Cambodia. What is intolerable in Europe should not be any more tolerable because it is in South East Asia. 85 One reason why individuals in Britain took up the Karen issue was that many of them remember the contribution the Karen people made in the struggle against the Japanese occupiers of Burma in the Second World War: 50,000 Karen soldiers fought with the British as allies against the Japanese.

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