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Early Warning Signs of Genocide

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Title

Early Warning Signs of Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Alexandre Kimenyi a professor at California State University, Sacramento. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-16

Contributor

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Relation

G36-00036
Tape number: 4076A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Mallory. Sue

Interviewee

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Location

California State University

Transcription

I don’t know what it does. People have been discussing early warning signals. Among academicians and human rights organizations, even the UN itself—like in the cast of East Timor, those early warning signs were there. But for some reasons, the UN ignored them. So I don’t know why, for instance, the UN should wait to intervene, to bring back peace, when it could intervene to keep peace. So I think that—people are—it’s not just me, but other people also. Many people are just wondering right now what is the role of the UN right now, because it could prevent genocides if it wanted to, because those early warning signs are always there before genocide takes place. In the case of East Timor, people saw the militias with the machetes getting ready, training and admitting people and so on. This was clear that indeed massacres were going to take place. But right now, instead of the UN sending troops immediately, I understand that the UN Secretary-General had to send a delegation to go and find out if indeed massacres were taking place, even if it was and we could see it from our living rooms. We could see people being killed, see kids, children, women, sick people being terrorized, asking for help. But the UN bureaucracy makes many, many steps, such as for instance, as I said, sending a delegation to see if indeed genocide is taking place, when it’s very clear that crimes are taking place. Then, of course, (inaudible) to take place again. Decisions are taken, but unfortunately, what I’ve seen is that decisions are taken when it is too late. Even today, I understand that the peacekeeping troops have not been sent yet to East Timor.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:21

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Early Warning Signs of Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 25, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/572.

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