April 24, 1915, the Armenian genocide began

memorial to the Armenian genocide

What happened to the Armenian people inspired Raphael Lemkin to fight to make genocide a crime It started with deportations. On April 24, 2915, intellectuals and other leaders were rounded up and deported. Over the next two years, between 600,000 and 1.5 million people were killed. Sometimes called the first genocide of the twentieth century, the Armenian … Read more

On April 17, 1975 the Cambodian genocide began

The Cambodian genocide

The Cambodian genocide lasted nearly four years and between 1.5 and 2 million people were killed On April 17, 1975, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge took over the Cambodian government and set about creating a communist state. Over the course of the next three years, eight months, and 20 days, millions of people were … Read more

Actions for Paul Rusesabagina

We need to bring Paul Rusesabagina home

Things are looking dire for Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina. The Rusesabagina family fears he recently suffered a small stroke and needs to be evacuated immediately. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights held a panel discussion supporting Rusesabagina. 1. Write your member of Congress for H. Res 892: Named, “Calling on the Government of the Republic … Read more

We have more work to do for the Burma Act

sponsor of the Burma Act

Now the Senate must pass the Burma Act Thanks to your hard work, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the BURMA Act by unanimous consent. You can watch U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Gregory Meeks speak powerfully in support of the BURMA Act at this link: speech by Rep. Meeks. In addition, click this link to … Read more

Pass the Burma Act!

On Eve of Historic Vote in U.S. House of Representatives for the “BURMA Act of 2021” (H.R. 5497), Broad Coalition Calls for Its Passage.  April 4, 2022  As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares a historic vote early this week on the bipartisan “BURMA Act of 2021” (H.R. 5497), a broad coalition of Burma (Myanmar) … Read more

April 1, 1933 — The German boycott of Jewish businesses

boycott

Yesterday marked the start of Genocide Awareness Month. April was selected because of all the genocides that started during that month and because of the number of other significant events that took place. The boycott that started the Holocaust About three months after Adolph Hitler took control of Germany, his government staged a boycott of … Read more

Another year, another Genocide Awareness Month

genocide happens every day

When are we going to end genocide? April is Genocide Awareness Month. April was selected because of the number of genocides that started in April. The Rwandan, Armenian, and Iraqi Kurd genocides all started during this month. Genocide Awareness Month is crucial for educating the world about past and current genocides. As time passes, memories of … Read more

Will you help us bring Paul home?

Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina

U.S. Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Young Kim (R-CA) have just introduced in Congress House Resolution 982 urging Rwandan President Paul Kagame to release Rusesabagina immediately. It is vital that we all tell our U.S. representative to co-sponsor this powerful, new Congressional resolution. Just click here to urge your U.S. representative to co-sponsor House Resolution … Read more

Things we all can do to fight genocide today

genocide

We made progress against genocide in 2021, we have more work to do in 2022 If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate … Read more