Genocide prevention » Gallery Genocide prevention Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:25:27 +0000 en hourly 1 Learning About Rwandan Genocide Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:04:10 +0000 admin  Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan Genocide

Genocide is defined as the mass murder of an ethnic or racial group. Throughout history there have been a number of genocide occurrences in various locations all throughout the world. One of the fairly recent tragic events was the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when thousands upon thousands of people of Rwanda, Africa were brutally killed. The Rwandan genocide specifically targeted the Rwandan people of Tutsis and Hutus, two of the three primary ethnic groups that reside in the African country of Rwanda. Due to internal conflicts and power struggles within the Rwanda government, the Rwanda genocide was initiated by its own people, the Hutu people, who are considered higher up in the social hierarchy ladder than the Tutsis or the Twas, the third main ethnic group of Rwanda.

The Rwanda genocide is thought to have been initiated by the assassination of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. Habyarimana was assassinated on April 6, 1994 when the airplane he was riding in was shot down. The former president of neighboring country Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was also in the aircraft when it was targeted and shot down near the Kigali International Airport. Former president of approximately 20 years, Juvénal Habyarimana was of the Hutu descent, and it is said that he heavily favored the Hutu people over Tutsis and Twas. His lengthy dictatorship created many internal conflicts and ethnic tensions within the people of the nation, and his assassination was the spark which started the tragic Rwanda genocide. The Rwandan genocide is documented to have lasted approximately one hundred days, maybe more, from the date of Habyarimana’s death, April 6, 1994 until sometime around the middle of July. The total death count of the Rwanda genocide is anywhere between 800,000 to one million men, women, and children of all ages. It is estimated that the Rwanda genocide depleted the nation’s population by almost 20%.

Prior to the start of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, internal conflicts within the nation brewed as ethnic tensions between the Tutsis and the Hutu grew stronger and more hostile with each passing day. A rebel group, who called themselves the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), was formed in 1987 and is comprised mainly of Tutsi refugees. The RPF, with the help of Uganda, a bordering country, invaded Hutu territory in 1990, declaring the Rwandan Civil War. The Hutus were supported by the French. From the Rwandan Civil War came about the establishment of the Hutu Power, an ideological group opposing the Rwandan Patriotic Front and all Tutsis. In current day Rwanda, peace has been relatively established and the RPF is currently the major political party of Rwanda.

The Rwandan genocide is a tragic event that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children of all ages. Though the Rwanda genocide happened almost 16 years ago, the nation is still feeling the effects of such a horrific occurrence. There is an abundance of information available via the Internet about the facts and special reports of the Rwanda genocide, as well as multimedia and survivor testimonials.

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History of Bosnian Genocide Thu, 01 Apr 2010 09:29:33 +0000 admin Bosnian Genocide

Bosnian Genocide

Genocides are atrocious acts of terror, usually initiated by some irrational thought or behaviors, which end up with far too many lives of men, women, and children of all ages being killed senselessly. These absurd acts of horror happen far too often in the history of the human race, with some of the most notable genocides being the Holocaust, which happened in the European nation of Germany. A far more recent genocide that took place in a different part of the European continent is known as the Bosnian genocide. The Bosnia genocide is one that is relatively obscure however, it was nonetheless a tragic event that crippled the nation’s population and forever scarred its history.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is a small country in Europe, bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the south, Croatia to the north, and Serbia to the east. The three primary ethnic groups that make up the majority of the population of Bosnia are the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. The country of Bosnia has a long and complex history, a direct result of national and ethnic conflicts between people of different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. Bosnia was originally a part of a larger country, Yugoslavia, which was created after World War I. The population of Yugoslavia was comprised of many different ethnic backgrounds as well as religious groups; most of whom which were bitter rivals, perhaps even enemies, with a long and tense history. The majority of Yugoslavia was composed of Serbs, who were mainly Orthodox Christians, Croats, mostly Catholics, and ethnic Albanians who were majority Muslim. During World War II, German Nazis invaded and divided Yugoslavia however, when the Germans conceded defeat at the end of World War II, Yugoslavia was reunited by communist leader Josip Tito. Over the years, the bitterness and hostility of the rival ethnic and religious groups sharing the same country was brewing and bubbling until a civil war finally erupted in the early 1990s. Bosnia parted from Yugoslavia and became an independent nation in 1992. The majority population of Bosnia was made up of Muslims, while Serbs became the minority, accounting for about 32% of the Bosnian population. The long and complex history of Bosnia is much responsible for the internal conflicts which ultimately led to the Bosnian genocide.

Once Bosnia was declared an independent nation, many of the Serbs residing in Bosnia were bitter and decided to take action. The main victims of the Bosnia genocide happened to be Muslims. It is documented that approximately 200,000 lives were taken during the occurrence of the Bosnian genocide. The procedure of the Bosnian genocide was comparable to the Holocaust. Men were systematically lined up and grouped to be gunned down and brutally murdered during the Bosnia genocide. Boys over the age of 13 were also main targets of the Serbs during the Bosnian genocide. Women and young children were victims of sexual violence and rape while the Bosnia genocide occurred. The Bosnia genocide is a truly horrific event that left thousands of families separated and until this day, there are still people considered missing and thousands more without a proper burial and funeral.

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The Forgotten Armenian Genocide Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:21:21 +0000 admin Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide

During the First World War which occurred from the years 1914 until 1918, many horrific and tragic events took place in the relatively short four year span in various nations throughout the continent of Europe. The infamous Armenian genocide was perhaps one of the more notable events that had occurred during World War I. The Armenia genocide, also known as the Armenian Massacres and to the native Armenians, the Great Calamity, is widely documented to be one of the very first genocidal mass murders in the 20th century. The Armenian genocide is most often associated with World War I, just as how the Holocaust is associated with World War II. In fact, next to only the Holocaust, the Armenia genocide is the second most studied and documented case of a genocide in recent times. It is generally known that the number of casualties suffered during the Armenian genocide is approximately between 1 and 1.5 million men, women, and children of all ages. The exact date of the start of the Armenia genocide is unclear, however the official date commemorated by present-day Armenians is on April 24th, also known as Genocide Memorial Day. The Armenian genocide was initiated by the Ottoman Empire military, when thousands upon thousands of Armenians were suddenly extracted from their homes and were forced to march hundreds of miles without food or water to a desert.

The Armenian genocide is known to be one of the very first mass murders that were executed in a systematic and premeditated manner. The Ottoman authorities responsible for the Armenia genocide meticulously planned to have all the Armenian intellectuals and leaders grouped and murdered. Without their leaders, the Armenian people were hopelessly lost and manipulated by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Several hundreds of massacres were used to mercilessly murder hundreds of thousands of Armenians, with no regard for age or gender. Along with massacres, the helpless and vulnerable Armenians were forced to march for hundreds and hundreds of miles to a desert without food and water, another tactic used by the Turks to slowly induce suffering and kill the Armenians. Those who survived the march were stranded alone in the desert with no shelter and hardly any clothing, and most were killed upon arrival regardless. During these death marches of the Armenia genocide, women and children were brutally raped and humiliated. Families were often separated, and many Armenian children were kidnapped by the Turkish people. Able bodied men were taken from the march in order to help with the war efforts, and immediately killed thereafter.

Relief efforts to alleviate the pains and sufferings of the surviving Armenians have done little to ease the horrific memories of the Armenian genocide. The Republic of Turkey, what used to be the Ottoman Empire, strongly denies the Armenia genocide. Millions of Armenians were brutally murdered during the genocide, and throughout various European countries, more than 135 memorials dedicated to the Armenian genocide have been established.

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Genocide in Darfur Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:16:13 +0000 admin Genocide in Darfur

Genocide in Darfur

The Genocide in Darfur is one of the most recent tragic events to occur in modern day history. The Darfur genocide has taken hundreds of thousands of lives in Darfur and the surrounding region, and the effects of the Genocide in Darfur are still very real and felt throughout the nation to this very day. In fact, the Darfur genocide has yet to cease, and it is believed that still even today, hundreds of people are being ruthlessly murdered and uprooted from their homes. Darfur is a region of Sudan, the largest country located in the continent of Africa. Sudan’s neighboring countries are Egypt to the north, Ethiopia and Eritrea to the east, Chad to the west, and the various countries of Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic lie along the southern border of Sudan. The Nile River, also the longest known river in the world, runs through the country of Sudan. Darfur is a region of Sudan which is approximately about the size of Texas, and is split into three main governments: West Darfur, South Darfur, and North Darfur. The majority of the population in Darfur is comprised of Muslim peoples, a racial diversity of several different African tribes as well as nomadic people who consider themselves Arab. Darfur is a relatively poor region, with many of the Africans and Arabs being peasant farmers and herders. The primary cause of the Genocide in Darfur is known to stem from the unfair and harsh treatment of the people of Darfur by the Sudan government. Though the Sudanese government publicly denies any prejudice and wrongdoing, they have been thought to support and fund the Janjaweed, a militia group mainly composed of Afro-Arabs, or Arabic speaking African tribes, who are primarily responsible for the initiation and continuance of the Darfur genocide.

It is believed that approximately 400,000 lives have been taken during the Darfur genocide, along with more than 2.5 million men, women, and children forced to leave their homes and become refugees, running for their lives. Presently, hundreds of civilians are being killed and chased from their villages. With each passing month, thousands more of innocent men, women, and children are killed, beat, humiliated, and raped while the Sudan government turns a blind eye. International intervention has done little to alleviate the Genocide in Darfur, and unfortunately, the crisis in Africa seems to show little to no signs of slowing down. Hundreds of relief effort groups and petitions have begun in the United States, and in 2006, Congress passed a bill called the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act. This act calls for the International Criminal Court to take action against the ruthless criminals in Darfur who continue to murder and humiliate not only the Darfur civilians, but activists, journalists, and aid workers as well. There are many ways for individuals in the United States to assist with the Genocide in Darfur, and taking action can be quick and simple. There are online petitions available to persuade the United States government to create funds to assist those suffering from the Darfur genocide. There are also hundreds of anti-genocide and activist groups who are constantly working to assist in any way possible for the Genocide in Darfur.

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Obtaining Legal Aide Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:11:45 +0000 admin Legal Aide

Legal Aide

Legal aide and legal assistance exists to help those who do not have the financial stability to afford professional attorney or lawyer services. The Legal Services Corporation, also referred as LSC, is responsible for funding and supervising these legal aide and legal assistance services throughout the United States. The Legal Services Corporation is a non-profit company that is provided it’s funding in order to maintain itself through the Congress. There are quite a few different legal aide and legal assistance programs offered across the United States that you can obtain the necessary help you need from following the following steps.

First, you must search for a legal aide office that is closest and most convenient for you. You can log onto the Legal Services Corporation online and search for a legal assistance program that is in the state you are currently residing in. once you have located one in your region, you should contact them to explain to you the specifics of the applying for legal aide or legal assistance. Every state and office has a different criterion that has to be met in order to be eligible for the legal assistance programs. The different legal aide programs also have different eligibility requirements according to the rules and regulations of LSC. The main eligibility requirement that you have to meet would be the low income factor. If you are receiving any other type of help from the government, which gives you a greater chance of obtaining legal help from the government because you will most likely meet the low income factor.

Fill out all required paperwork in order to complete the application process. Legal assistance applications will require information regarding your house, personal assets, your income, and specify the reason for why you are seeking legal aide. One the application process is complete you will have to wait for the officials to review your application. They will be reviewing all of your surrounding circumstances in regard to your situation and determine if legal assistance will represent you with your case. If your specific court case has been approved for legal aide, you will have to gather all of the provided information and any other documents that pertain to your court case. The lawyers that will be assigned to help you will need this information to help you to the best of their ability. Lawyers that assist within these offices help you with a number of different types of court cases ranging from employment issues to children’s law issues.

Although you will not need to worry about paying for any attorney fees, you will still need to prepare yourself to pay for any filing fees or court fees. The legal assistance that is granted to you is free and you will be saved from the financial woes of having to acquire an attorney to represent your case on your own. The amount you will pay for the filing and court fees will be a mere fraction of what you would have spent on any lawyer or attorney fees.

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Obtaining Legal Help for Violation of Human Rights Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:08:12 +0000 admin Legal Help

Legal Help

Within the fast-paced chaotic world that we live in today, it is common to come across the violation of human rights. People are constantly seeking legal services and legal help in order to find answers or advice on what they should do once they have experienced this situation themselves. It isn’t always easy to know which step you should take when you actually come head-to-head with an experience. Although America was built with laws enforcing civil and human rights amongst the society; there are always people who have trouble abiding by the law. If in any case you have experienced or witnessed human rights being violated, you should inquire for legal services and legal help as to how you should resolve this matter.

You want to make sure that you don’t let violations of any civil rights go unheard or continue to turn into a vicious cycle. First take a moment to decipher the severity of this violation before you decide to obtain legal help. A severe human rights violation can have the potential to become a national violation or even a global violation. If this is the case you will need to obtain legal services and take action immediately.

As you are preparing to obtain legal services to obtain legal help, you should first sit down and make a list of all of the details in regards to the violations you are reporting. Be sure to include vivid and intricate details of how everything took place. You want to make sure you don’t leave out specific details regarding who was involved, where the incident took place, what the time frame for this incident was, and what the aftereffects were. You will need this information when you report legal services to obtain legal help. It is recommended that you also keep copies of all reported information for your own records as well.

You will need to determine which specific human rights laws have been violated depending on the information you have provided. The legal services whom you consult for legal help should be able to direct you from here on out. They will also help you to determine what would be the best action to dealing with your specific violations. There are a number of various organizations that help with the protection of human rights. You can contact any of these human rights organizations to help provide some legal help and advice as well. Through the combination of legal services and consultation of such organizations you should have no problem determining the jurisdiction of how to report the human rights violation. When you take any sort of legal action you must prepare yourself because anything can take an unexpected turn. Because anything can happen you must be persistent and stick firmly to your beliefs. Have patience and you will be able to obtain the results that which you desire. The person fit for punishment will receive his/her due when the time is right.

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Human Rights Law Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:58:37 +0000 admin Human Rights Law

Human Rights Law

The simple nature of humanity is what separates human beings from animals. Without the moral and social values that compose our humanity, we would be as primal as our ancestors, the caveman. However, it is because our culture had evolved that we are afforded the luxuries that human beings are entitled to. By simply being a human being, our most basic rights to life are protected. However, as we grow and our culture continues to mature around us, we will encounter situations that we had never had to deal with in previous years. When this happens, the face of human rights and human rights laws continue to change so that we can protect all those around us who may be affected by change.

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that each human being is entitled to by simply being human. It is a measure of dignity to have these basic rights and to deny an individual of these rights would be to deny them of their dignity. Because our culture is continually evolving, it is uncertain what these rights are exactly. The only two basic rights established in human rights law that have not been contested is the right to live and the right to live a life free from physical harm. Beyond that, there is no consensus as to the precise nature of what in particular should or should not be regarded as a human right. The concept of human rights has been a subject of intense philosophical debate and criticism and will continue to be so. Human rights law is a branch of law that is a living, breathing entity and will continue to evolve with the changes in our surroundings. The laws that enforce human rights must evolve with these changes as well, in order to protect the humanity of our generation. Human rights law that were written into the legislation decades ago would not necessarily be suitable for the social culture that we live in now. Likewise, social issues that have just begun surfacing do not have human rights laws that can be applied in such a situation. Therefore, human rights law is constantly being called into question in the media. As most of human rights law is fairly new and many have no legal precedence to it, many of these human rights laws risk being challenged. Much of what human rights laws rest on is the fourth amendment in the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Because this document is so vague and archaic, the interpretation is constantly changing with the times so that it can be applied to all major issues that need to be addressed.

Human rights law is a fairly new branch of law. Because of its fluid nature, it will likely never be a stable to branch. As long as humans continue to evolve, the face of social culture will continue to change. As humans begin to change themselves along with culture, we will encounter new needs that must be met and protected. Human rights laws will always be changing in the name of humanity, so that no human is left out.

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Free Legal Advice Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:57:00 +0000 admin Free Legal Advice

Free Legal Advice

Most people nowadays are trying to take advantage of all the free products they can. This economy cannot last forever and because of that, neither will the freebies we are constantly being offered. The internet has been a haven for free services as of late and legal websites are no exception. Many people have pressing issues that they need to resolve, but do not have the time to consult an attorney for legal advice. For those who may have the time, they may not have the money to ask for legal advice. Lots of times, lawyers are willing to allow consultations for free, but if you had the opportunity to receive free legal advice from an attorney without ever leaving your house, most would opt for the latter. The internet now brings the convenience of free legal advice to your home.

Free legal advice can easily be accessible right at your computer. The invention of the internet brings everything to you and free legal advice is not exception. Simply typing in legal advice or free legal advice on your search engine turns up multiple sites. Some of these sites are,,, and These sites will offer free legal advice through various methods. Most of the sites will have posted questions that have been asked by other people. That way, they can avoid answering the same questions twice. The answers given usually given by lawyers that are barred in a state and many times, if the lawyer is answering a question about a state that they are not practicing in, they will post the statutes that govern the answer they have posted. Other pages offer their free legal advice at a minimum posting only a FAQs page pertaining to the different areas of law that the site may serve. The will also offer the option of having your case evaluated by an attorney. This is usually a method for them to attain your email address to send advertisements and offers to in the future. The legal advice may also be given in the form of various articles written about a certain area of law such as employment law. These articles will gloss over issues that are popular in that area of law.

Although most of the legal advice is supposedly answered by lawyers, it is still best to use this information to your power and bring it to an attorney to confirm that this information is correct. Most of the legal advice offered online is pretty straightforward and will be accompanied by statutes, but in the event that you are not sure of the legitimacy of the legal advice, do not hesitate to ask an attorney. Most of the time, the consultation will be free if it is under a certain amount of time, so just think of it as reinforcement.

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Free Legal Forms Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:55:40 +0000 admin Free Legal Forms

Free Legal Forms

Who wants to spend money when they don’t have to nowadays? Times are tough and we are all looking to pinch a penny. With more and more people looking to spend less these days, companies have learned to take advantage of that by catching the consumer’s eye with offers of free products. The legal services in particular have learned to take full advantage of this marketing scheme. With all the legal sites offering free legal forms, its no wonder consumers are a bit confused as to what they should do when it comes to solving a legal issue. Although we should benefit from free services as much as we can during this time, it is also important to weigh out the benefits against the risk that may be involved in indulging in free legal services. After all, there has to be lawyers around for a reason.

Free legal forms are easily accessible to us through the convenience of the internet. Simply typing in the words “free legal form” in the search engine will return multiple options offering free legal forms for various services. Some of the more popular sites that come up are,,, and Once you have accessed a site for free legal forms, you will find that there are many different types of free legal forms offered. Among these free legal forms are contracts, bills of sale, real estate, rental agreements, leases, notices and letters. As different jurisdictions have different guidelines that legal forms must follow in order to be valid in the jurisdiction, many of the free legal forms will ask you to click on the state of your residence. In some cases, there will be a generic free legal form that will appear instead of one specific to a state. You should never use a free legal form that is generic. Most of these forms will have a disclaimer at the bottom of them that state that the form may not be valid in your state and the facts of your particular situation may make these forms inappropriate for your use. They also state that the free legal document is strictly for informational purposes only and that you should always consult with an attorney before using free legal forms. These types of free legal forms are not uncommon. It is a popular method used by legal sites to get you to visit their website in the hopes that you might patronize their services. These free legal forms are just to “get your foot in the door” so to speak. Although most of these “free legal forms” are not actually free, there are still some free legal forms for more simple matters that can be used with a fair amount of confidence. Forms that do not exceed more than a few pages are usually pertaining to a legal matter that is not too complex in nature. For example, most free living will forms offered will be valid and are simple enough to fill out on your own. Other times though, be wary of any free legal form.

Everyone wants to save their money nowadays, but most would not be willing to, if it meant they had to jeopardize properly protecting their interests. Although the idea of a free legal form is a nice concept for many, sometimes it may be more cost efficient and effective to just cut your losses and hire an attorney. A free legal form is not worth losing sleep over.

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