WESTERN FAILURE TO PREVENT GENOCIDE
The UN and the International Community in Rwanda
by Philip Paul Crowther
Over sixty has passed since the victorious allies of WWII promised ‘never again’, yet in 1994 the powers of the world stood by as almost a million men, women and children were brutally slaughtered in the small African country of Rwanda.
The UN is now a symbol of this failure, in the face of well documented evidence that ‘genocide’ was active, both the Security Council and the International Community became culpable bystanders to most horrific event since the Holocaust.
Sixteen years after the Rwandan genocide, Crowther provides an analysis of the 1948 Convention, its roots, its impact, and it’s downright failure to protect the civilisation of the world. Though there are obligations placed upon the signatories of the Convention to intervene and prevent genocide, the observations in this book explore those contorted legalistic arguments that claimed genocide had not occurred. The atrocities in Rwanda raise many painful questions, what was the ‘real’ reason for the failed intervention? Crowther answers this with an out of the ordinary history of the roots of the genocide leading with the assertion that the genocide should have been foreseen. Crowther illustrates that, in the wake of the Darfur crisis, the guilty lesson unlearnt by the west requires immediate revitalisation, with a call for the urgent reform of international laws that once promised to protect humanity.
Crowther is a graduate lawyer with a keen interest for Human Rights Law. He has a Honours degree in Law and works as an advisor within the community.
WESTERN FAILURE TO PREVENT GENOCIDE Published March 15, 2011