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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Betwa Sharma: Is Darfur Genocide?

This year, the International Criminal Court charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with crimes against humanity and war crimes but set aside the charge of genocide. The chief prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, insists that there is "ongoing genocide" and has appealed the decision of the court.

Darfur is lost in the wilderness of the law behind genocide. Why is it so hard to figure out and how does it matter? Is there a problem with the definition in the Genocide Convention? Or should this "crime of crimes" business be cast off?

Applying the definition of genocide ("acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group") to a real life situation is exhausting. "Intent" is a hard thing to figure out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems you never finished school in London or in Columbia. hopping from place to place.

Are you illegal in the US?

September 30, 2009 12:14 AM  

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