Genocide The United Nations Security Council Essay

2135 WordsDec 5, 20169 Pages
Acts of genocide have occurred for centuries even though the term genocide did not appear until the twentieth century. In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly passed a law that legally defined genocide and ruled it as an illegal act. According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) Article II the definition of genocide is “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: ● Killing members of the group; ● Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; ● Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; ● Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; ● Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” (Chaulagain). Even with this very clear definition of genocide the United Nations Security Council still proved ineffective in preventing the genocide that occurred in Rwanda between the Hutu and Tutsi people. There are a number of theories as to why the U.N. was so inefficient in preventing the genocide such as : there was little political will to intervene from Western countries, the tragedy which had recently occurred in Somalia, and the overlooking of early warning signs. In this paper I will examine the United Nation Security Council attempts at intervention in Rwanda. I will point out the interventions
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