#Genocide

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Selling Bangladesh

Leo Cendrowicz | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Leo Cendrowicz

Bangladesh's foreign minister Mahmood Ali has been touring Europe in a bid to overcome perceptions that his four-decade-old country is tumbling into a vortex of factionalism...

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Rwanda - 20 Years on From the Genocide

Rose Caldwell | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

In the immediate aftermath of the genocide it was hard for me, as a young accountant volunteering with Concern Worldwide in East Africa, to imagine that Rwanda would ever achieve the level of peace, stability and economic recovery that it has today.

Democracy in Rwanda, 20 Years after Genocide

Dr Phil Clark | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Phil Clark

Over the next week, commemorations will be held across the globe to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which between April and July 1994 claimed the lives of around 800,000 Tutsi and their perceived Hutu and Twa sympathisers...

Sudan: Underreported and Ignored

Francisca Stewart | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

The president of Sudan, Omar-al Bashir can more easily turn his back on his own victims than he can to outcries from the rest of the world. The second we consider the situation in Sudan as hopeless, the second it becomes so.

Remembering Halabja and Boosting the Kurdish Diaspora

Gary Kent | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Several MPs referred favourably to Ukrainian communities and organisations in their constituencies in a recent Commons debate on Russian actions against Ukraine. Such links with voters, who may be seen as newsworthy locally and electorally important, makes MPs more attentive.

New Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry Into the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The decision by the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the Kurdistan Region is a triumph for all those who have long argued for the need to increase understanding between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.

#ReleaseMoazzam

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.

Iraq - Genocide in Fallujah

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen, as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Kiev and back again. The humanitarian situation in Fallujah is dire.

Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

Jemma Wayne | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

The time has come for the role of international courts to evolve and take a greater part. Our own governments must facilitate and demand this. And respond to humanitarian need. If the question is 'are we our brother's keeper?' the answer must be a resounding 'yes'.

Honour Holocaust Victims By Acknowledging Rise of Race Hate

The Conversation UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

We rarely ask ourselves why we should remember the Holocaust. We simply assume that we should. However, if we only go through the motions uttering phrases such as "we remember" and "never again", remembering the Holocaust will quickly become a meaningless ritual.

A Deadly Sleight of Hand

Olivia Warham | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is a tactic beloved of despots: while the world's attention is on one bloody conflict, you can slaughter with impunity elsewhere... Since mid-December the media has watched as the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has torn itself apart. Meanwhile, its old oppressor next door in Sudan is enthusiastically grasping the chance to "end" its own troublesome "rebellion".

Jessica Elgot

Most Young People Can't Name A Single Genocide Since The Holocaust

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

More than 80% of young people cannot name a single genocide since the Holocaust, new research has shown. A poll conducted to mark Holocaust Memoria...

Successful Commons Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.

Catching Fire: National Interest and the Central African Republic

Alexandra Buskie | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Buskie

Time is of the essence. Early action could make the difference between dampening an escalating sectarian conflict and allowing it to blaze unbound. If the international community is unmoved by moral arguments, then surely the security consequences of this situation persuade.

When Will Africans Get the Justice They Deserve?

Olivia Warham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

As the African Union summit in Addis heaped contempt on the International Criminal Court, it is unlikely its members reflected on how rarely they act to protect African civilians from mass atrocities committed by their own rulers.

Moral Courage and Democratic Solidarity: The 70th Anniversary of the Rescue of Danish Jewry

Noam Schimmel | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Noam Schimmel

Seventy years ago in October something extraordinary took place in Europe. Standing in solidarity with their fellow Danes, the people of Denmark organized a large scale rescue of the Danish Jewish community, bringing the overwhelming majority to the safety of neutral Sweden and thus preventing their deportation by the Nazis to extermination camps...

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

How the Dogmatic Ideology of Forgiveness Can Harm Genocide Survivors

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The virtues of forgiveness in many different contexts of life are manifold and well known. Forgiveness can encourage and enable healing, peaceful relations, improved individual and social welfare, and psychological well being. But forgiveness is a personal choice and it must not be coerced, whether implicitly or explicitly. It is not a panacea.

India's Chief Minister Modi Invited to the UK but With Blood on His Hands

Imran Awan | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

The news yesterday that British MPs want the controversial Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to speak to the Commons is both alarming and will only cause further tensions between the Muslim community and the Hindu Nationalists.

Iraqi Kurds: From Object to Subject of History

Gary Kent | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It sometimes seems that Iraqi Kurds have no word with the urgency of manana but it hasn't stopped Iraqi Kurdistan making tremendous strides in a few short years. The best start date for their renaissance is 2006, the first full year of the new Iraqi constitution, agreed by the people and which recognised Kurdistan as a largely autonomous region.

Iraqi Kurdistan - The Hidden Jewel of the Middle East?

Gary Kent | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Somewhere near Dohuk and the 4,000 year old town where the three wise men possibly began their journey to Bethlehem is a Christian monastery set high on a mountain with commanding views of tremendous scenery. Sadly, our driver had no idea where it was and I only managed to get directions by e mailing a friend in Hawaii.

'A Stark Reminder Of When Hatred Goes Unchecked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK

David Cameron met survivors of the Srebrenica genocide as the Government pledged around £170,000 of funding to help children learn about the Bosnian ...

Remember The Mistakes Of Srebrenica, Hague Warns West

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

William Hague has issued a thinly veiled warning to Western leaders, as well as Tory MPs, that they must consider the mistakes that led to the genocid...