Dehumanisation does not cause us to commit ‘moral violence’, where people actively desire to harm victims who they think deserve it.
The UN defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.
The pope held talks with Myanmar’s military chief and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi as well. He will also travel to Bangladesh, where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled.
Returning Rohingya people to the hands of their persecutors, violates international law and raises fundamental questions about the protection of those fleeing the most heinous crimes and abuses.
Bangui has in the past been a flashpoint for inter-religious violence that erupted between Muslims and Christians in 2013 and has since engulfed most of the impoverished, landlocked nation.
Millions of people are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, says UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.
Live from his concert in Vancouver, the 74-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder highlighted the plight of Palestinians by projecting images of the Separation Wall during the song ‘Us and Them’.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
Witnesses describe how soldiers killed people inside wooden homes, arrested young men, raped women and burned homes to prevent the residents’ return.
Bangladesh said Myanmar drones and helicopters had violated its air space three times in the last week, warning that such “provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences”.
A UN report in February said security forces instigated a campaign that “very likely” amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
The spectre of violence, ethnic cleansing and starvation hangs upon the young war-torn nation, as repeated efforts to broker peace have failed.
The UN human rights office said last month that the campaign of killings and rapes probably amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
Recognising the symptoms of the dispossessed will prevent crimes against humanity.
The pipe is illegal. The Occupation, too, is illegal. But it has its rules. Soldiers and policemen enforce the rules. Officers issue orders, which are obeyed. Fourteen families in Al-Hadidiya remain thirsty.
If the Karadžić judgment is to have any longer-term resonance in the region, it will need to be part of a sustained internal and introspective process in those states where the crimes were perpetrated.