Genocide is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
An example of genocide is the Holocaust •The figure of 11 million people dead is often given, but it is far too low one also encounters the range 11-17 million. •6 million of these were Jewish and about one quarter of these were children under 15.
This issue is important because people don’t realize that genocide is occurring right now. There is genocide going on every day in parts of Africa.
People guilty of genocide during the Holocaust are stilling being taken to court today Why are we not do anything to help those in Rwanda?
As many as 1.5 million Christian Armenians, out of a pre-WWI population of 1.8 million, were killed by the Ottoman Empire in present-day Turkey between 1915 and 1918.
Nearly 6 million Jews and 5 million "undesirables" were killed between 1933 and 1945 in Nazi Germany, in pursuit of Hilters "Final Solution." Before the Nazis seized power in 1933, Europes Jewish population was about 9.5 million, representing 60% of the worlds total Jewish population. In 1950, Europes Jewish population was only 3.5 million.
During the Cambodian genocide between 1975 and 1979, approximately 1.7 million (21% of the countrys total population) lost their lives at the hands of Pol Pots extremist Khmer Rouge government.
Bosnian Serb forces systematically murdered an estimated 200,000 Bosnian Muslims in pursuit of a "Greater Serbia" during civil war between 1992 and 1995. In one particularly shocking incident, over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were rounded-up killed execution-style by the Serbian army in Srebrenica in July 1995
The Genocide Convention took effect in 1951, after the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust resulted in a consensus that genocide is a crime of concern to the entire international community. Since then, the world watched as nearly 3 million civilians were slaughtered in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.