Genocide Prevention Day

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AKA Name"International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime"
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2022 Date9 December 2022
2023 Date9 December 2023
Genocide Prevention Day

Genocide Prevention Day History

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime seeks to raise awareness about the Genocide Convention. The Genocide Convention is a list of articles that dictate prevention methods and punishments should a nation be on the verge of genocide. It was adopted by the UN in 1948.

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime aims to acknowledge and honor the victims of Genocide. It is observed annually on December 9th.

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Genocide Prevention Day Facts

  • According to the U.N High Commissioner for Refugees agency, over 68 million people around the world are displaced due to conflict and persecution.
  • The word genocide was created in 1944 by lawyer Raphael Lemkin. It comes from the Greek word genos, meaning family, tribe, or race, and the Latin suffix –cide, meaning killing.
  • The Genocide Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts:
    a) Killing members of a group
    b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of a group
    c) Deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
    d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within a group
    e) Forcibly transferring children of a group to another group

Genocide Prevention Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn the history of genocidal events to help prevent future incidents. There have been efforts to deny or rewrite history regarding genocidal events, most notably by the Turkish government. They have continued to deny their part in the Armenian genocide. Attempts to deny responsibility or alter reality allow oppressive regimes to continue unabated and it opens the door for future incidents to occur.
  • Read books or novels that detail genocidal events to better your empathy and understanding. Here are our suggestions:
    A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam
    Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Donate to reputable charities or organizations that help prevent genocide. One example is the International Crisis Group

Genocide Prevention Day References and Related Sites

UN: Genocide Prevention Day
www.crisisgroup.org: Preventing War. Shaping Peace

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