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Identifying Genocide

Dublin Core

Title

Identifying Genocide

Subject

United States -- Dept. of State.
Genocide -- Study and teaching.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, Director, Genocide Watch. 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

1999-09-08

Contributor

Stanton, Gregory

Relation

G36-00053
Tape number: 4061E

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Proctor, Cecily

Interviewee

Stanton, Gregory

Transcription

Yes, I do believe the State Department does have the capability of getting that information, of getting information about whether genocide or crimes against humanity are taking place. It has an excellent reporting system. It has intelligence officers, of course, that are throughout the world. For that matter, the people in the State Department read the newspapers, and the newspapers are a pretty good source. We also, of course, have all of the global sources of information that are open to the rest of the world. CNN has revolutionized that. So, the sources of information are there. Interpreting the sources of information is really the key problem. Seeing just what that information means, knowing that this is in fact genocide, that it is in fact targeted ethnic killing, that’s what’s hard. And to the State Department’s credit and to David Scheffer’s credit, in the Office of War Crimes Investigations, they have set up a genocide unit now that is specifically tasked with analyzing that data and determining whether genocide is on the horizon or whether it’s taking place. I think this is a very good step forward. I would like to see a similar early warning unit established for the United Nations that would report to the Security Council: and that could be established, for instance, at the UN Human Rights Centre in Geneva or could be established right in New York and be directly attached to the Security Council.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:19

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Identifying Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed October 21, 2018, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/737.