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The paper reveals that in 1994, more than 750,000 individuals were killed in Rwanda as a result of genocide. In an effort to understand the events of Rwanda, the paper focuses on the eight stages of genocide, as presented by Genocide Watch's president George Stanton. The paper shows how the Rwanda genocide followed each stage precisely. The paper attempts to show that, had the measures outlined in Stanton's stages to combat genocide been followed, the terrible situation could have been avoided.
From the Paper:"According to the Genocide Convention, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, genocide is "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group": killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm, or inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction to the group, and imposing measures intended to prevent births or forcibly transferring children between groups (United Nations General Assembly, 1948). The Convention also dictates that attempts or conspiracy to commit genocide are punishable. Further, the Convention notes that any individual, whether political or citizen, is punishable for genocide (United Nations General Assembly, 1948)."
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Genocide (2007, September 25) Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/genocide-98446/
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