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The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide

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Title

The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide

Subject

United Nations.
Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Jamsheed Marker, United Nations Special Envoy to East Timor. 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

1999-11-16

Contributor

Marker, Jamsheed

Relation

G36-00048
Tape number: 4109G

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Marker, Jamsheed

Transcription

It will. I think what it has done positively is to raise this to the conscience of the world, whereas previously genocides took place and people turned around and, you know, sort of said, “It’s really not my business. Here are two people who don’t know how to get together, and so if they’re going to kill each other, it’s none of my business.” That doesn’t exist anymore. And now—I mean, the war crimes tribunals that have been set up is a signal to all these evil men, as I said, that somehow, sometime, somewhere, they’re going to be punished, that their crimes will not go unnoticed, not go unpunished and certainly not go unnoticed. So, that is a major evolution. And last but not least, I think what Kofi Annan has said recently—the Secretary-General—that this new attitude of the United Nations—that the United Nations was founded on the concept of sovereign independence of each country, and that we can do what we like within our borders, going back to the old Westphalian concept. But now he’s very boldly said that you cannot impose cruelty on your own people under the sanctity of your nationality; that what happens, what you do to your people, is a matter of concern for everybody. And the international community is now becoming alive to that also. That’s why what’s happening in Chechnya now is such an agonizing problem. There’s no doubt that the Chechens have been pretty brutal. There’s no doubt that—I think there’s a lot of argument to be said for the Russian government to want to control this form of terrorism. But still, what is happening is something that’s uncomfortable for everybody, and the world is not now inclined to turn away and say, “Well, you know, let them sort that problem, it’s nothing to do with me.”

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:43

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Role of the United Nations in Stopping Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 12, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/601.