The world witnessed a catastrophic event between 1975 and 1979, which many would call the Cambodian Genocide. During the four years of the genocide, the Khmer Rouge regime will be responsible for an estimated two million deaths. Events such as the Vietnam War and authoritarian rule in Cambodia gave rise to Pol Pot. The main culprit, Pol Pot will be responsible for carrying out the Cambodian Genocide. While conducting the Cambodian Genocide, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, violated many human rights in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights. During the genocide, the international community remained silent; however, recently the international community has taken actions to provide justice for victims.
In 1944, a Polish-Jewish lawyer came up with the word, “genocide.” However, even seventy-five years later, many people still debate what factors go into making a genocide. Of course, there is mass murder, mistreatment of large groups of people, and difficult life conditions. Take the Cambodian Genocide, for example. People were tortured and killed so much during this genocide that at one of the death camps, “as few as 12 managed to survive” (Pierpaoli). People were robbed, killed, forced to evacuate their homes, and mistreated in many other ways during the Cambodian Genocide. These people had to live in terrible conditions. The same thing goes for what the reader sees of the Holocaust in Elie Wiesel’s Night. Throughout the book, the reader
The Cambodian Genocide was a tragic event that took place in 1975 and lasted until about 1979. The genocide was led by Pol Pot and the communist party Kampuchea, also knowns as the Khmer Rouge. Millions of people were killed during this catastrophe.
“We are in the presence of a crime without a name,” said British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Nazis were always remembered for the killing of over six million European Jews, but at the time, there was no name for this wicked act. After the war, many of these Nazi war criminals were convicted of an act called genocide, a word that did not exist before 1944. Genocide is the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group. Genocide occurs because of many factors that trigger this cruelty. Although there are many reasons that can be considered to result in genocide, the three main reasons that result to this mass slaughter, are caused by: the authority that leads them, the ethnic tension between
The mass killing of 25 percent of a country's population is classified as a genocide;also a sin and immoral action of those upstanders and bystanders that witness, initiate or, participated in the Cambodian genocide. These people that initiated the Khmer rouge and set forth the Cambodian genocide are sinners, mass murders, and cruel. To kill a babies, the elderly, and enslave many children and adults. To starve and exterminate them as well. The Khmer rouge and all its members should be tried and sentenced for their sins against the innocent.
It is estimated that nearly 1.7 million are dead. These deaths occurred under the torturous rule of the Khmer Rouge, and its leader Pol Pot. Here in America, you don’t see us having a mass genocide, such as this. That is because we are a Capitalistic nation. Communism should not be what countries are striving for, yet places like Cambodia and the Soviet Union are. Since both of these countries had the same goal, which was to spread communism, their countries had many things in common. Many of these were negative things, they had widespread food shortages, individuals had no rights or values, and if they killed tons of people, it was viewed as a rational thing to do. What country could possibly just sit by and “applaud” for this country? Oh
There have been many movements that African-Americans have created in order to fight for their freedom and end the judgement by their ascribed status. One movement that is widely known to be one of the most aggressive movements that African-Americans have created was known as the Nat Turner rebellion which was created by Nat Turner himself. It dealt with murdering white slave owners in order to stop slavery. Another movement that African-Americans created is a movement called “Black Lives Matter”. The Black Lives Matter movement is a more peaceful movement in order to change the way that our society looks at African-Americans. It deals mostly with how targeted African-Americans are by law enforcements and vigilantes. The Nat Turner rebellion and Black Lives Matter movement are two completely different kinds of movements as one took a violent route and the other a gentler route. Both have the same concept and message to let African-Americans be free and live a life without being oppressed. In this paper I will get in more detail with these two movements and how their main purpose is to stop treating African-Americans different and instead treat them
“The bones cannot find peace until the truth they hold in themselves is revealed,” stated by Nhim Selia. This quote refers to the Cambodian Genocide that took place during 1975-1979. This genocide has a lot of background available to those interested in this type of mass killing. Many survivors have given exceptional stories on what they experienced during this cruel period.
In some of the genocides of the recent past, such as the Armenian massacres, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide, a pattern of causes are shown prior to the act of ethnic annihilation. For example, the hardships and difficulties that infect the nation produces an overwhelming feeling of defeat. But many that experienced it had believed it to be just when accusing a minority to be unreasonably responsible for it. They target that specific population as it is easily done for their past had been tormented with the same discrimination. As this is seen consistently throughout the unfortunate multitude of genocides, it can be used as a means of preventing the murder of innocent lives. Additionally, when researching such a heavy topic, it was
Genocides are the worst possible thing that mankind can do. Yet many genocides are just swept under the rug and forgotten about.Thats why it is important to be educated on them so we can try to prevent Genocides from reoccurring.
Throughout the time line of history nations, regions, and specific groups of people have witnessed persecution, oppression, and the destruction of their homeland. These series of events can be classified as a genocide which is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. Those who commit these acts have violated the Humanitarian Law in which they want to obliterate a culture because of their political views, economic views, social views, or religious views. Two genocides which have changed the history of a culture are the Armenian and Cambodian Genocides. Both genocides were carried out by the government however in some cases the ordinary people of the country joined in to punish
The Armenian Genocide was a horrific event that left the Armenian population devastated when around 1.5 million Armenian people were killed, which is around 1/5 of the amount of Jews killed in The Holocaust. Genocide is the mass killing of a certain group of people because of their ethnicity or their beliefs in order to spread hate and fear. The Armenian Genocide was committed for the purpose of exterminating the Armenian people and to make them feel worthless as human beings. Similar to The Holocaust, the perpetrators were successful in killing millions of people and spreading fear within the population. While this is a very sensitive topic to learn about, it is necessary for people to learn about the genocide, in order for these mistakes to not be made again.
The word genocide is hard to characterize; in this manner, an all inclusive meaning of genocide does not exist. There are numerous debates around what constitutes a genocide. Numerous sociologists, for example, Fein and Charny, and in addition others have figured their own meanings of the term, attempting to decide its typological indications and conditions. (Fein, 1990) The term genocide was initially planned by Raphael Lempkin which he developed from the Greek word 'genos ', signifying "race" or "tribe" and "cide" signifying 'to murder '. Lemkin depicts genocide as "the decimation of a country or of an ethnic gathering", with a planned arrangement to annihilate that particular gathering on the sole base of their reality.
Many people that have lived through a genocide may ask “Why did I live?” (Wiesel, 4). According to the Genocide Convention the term “Genocide” is” killing members of a 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” (Stanton, Para 3). The Genocide Convention is a document that contains 19 articles defining how a mass murders of members of a group is considered a Genocide. The Genocide Convention was placed into law in 1948 in response to the extreme number of murders committed during World War II (U.N, Treaty). The United Nations Treaty Collection shows that 147 countries ratified the Genocide Convention, meaning that all the 147 counties recognize the that the law has gone in affect.
“In the new Kampuchea, one million is all we need to continue the revolution. We don’t need the rest. We prefer to kill ten friends rather than keep one enemy alive” was a common slogan from the Communist regime named ‘The Khmer Rouge’, run by Pol Pot. The Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot are commonly known around the world and especially in Cambodia for their attempt to nationalise & centralise the farming society of Cambodia, to turn the country into a complete communist state and to abolish any history that came before the ‘Khmer Rouge’ over an extremely short period of time. The Khmer Rouge was the name given to members of an extremely communist party of Kampuchea in Cambodia which was formed in 1968 and led by Pol Pot. The actions of the Khmer