Genocide is any one of a number of acts aimed at the destruction of all or part of certain groups of people (national, ethnic, racial or religious). It is this intent that distinguishes genocide from other crimes against humanity.
The following are examples of campaigns against genocide around the world:
“The [police inspector] did the dossier… They asked me how many people I had killed. I said none and they hit me. They kept hitting me until I was really feeling bad. And then I accepted that I had killed one person – I don’t know who, I don’t know the name.”
Read more in RWANDA LASTING WOUNDS: Consequences of Genocide and War for Rwanda’s Children (Human Rights Watch Report, March 2003).
“Kill three million of them,” said President Yahya Khan at the February conference, “and the rest will eat out of our hands.”
Read more in a report on Gendercide Watch: The Bangladeshi Genocide
Testimonies, such as that of Isa Gashi featured in Kosovo and Beyond, describe in excruciating detail, instances of looting, torture (including burning and mutilation) and killing of civilians.
Learn about Kosovo and Beyond.
“You have no idea my feeling of impotence when a widow shows up at my office begging for a casket to bury her husband. They have no money and I don’t either,” said Gloria Cuartas, mayor of Apartado.
Read more in Gendercide Watch: Colombia
Meet Speak Truth to Power’s Defenders struggling against genocide and related abuses:
Rigoberta Mench Tum, Guatemala won the Nobel Peace Prize for her exposè on the plight of native Guatemalans and her advocacy on their behalf. “I was a militant woman in the cause of justice. And for twelve years I did not have a home of my own or a family.”
Natasa Kandic, Serbia is a human rights advocate in the Balkans who has been vilified by all sides because of her even-handed criticism of abuses and her advocacy for tolerance.
Guillaume Ngefa Atondoko, Democratic Republic of Congo works to expose and hold to international standards Hutus, Tutsis and other factions in Congo, (formerly Zaire), made him an enemy to almost everyone with political power and a hero to human rights advocates.