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Creating the Campaign to End Genocide

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Title

Creating the Campaign to End Genocide

Subject

Genocide.
Genocide -- Prevention.
Nonprofit organizations.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, the Director of 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: 4063A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Proctor, Cecily

Interviewee

Stanton, Gregory

Transcription

Well, our organization is an organization aimed at creating political will, and especially political will among members of the UN Security Council. And, of course, since we’re headquartered here in Washington, DC, the headquarters of the government of the last superpower, and I’m the director of this organization, one of our main objectives, of course, is to influence the United States government. So, the first thing that we do is to try to keep key officials in the government informed—not only in our own government, but also in other governments who are members of the Security Council—about the situation that we believe is an incipient genocide, or a place where mass murder may occur. The second thing that we do is we will form crisis coalitions, groups of human rights groups that are specialized on that particular place that then can take action to work on it, to—for instance, to get legislation sponsored that might affect it, or that can go lobby with people in the administration that can basically really take on this particular situation, this crisis. And then, thirdly—this is an area where I am particularly interested, because I, as I say, worked for the State Department before. We will write options papers for our policymakers on what options they might pursue in dealing with these crises, with pros and cons and so forth, and try to make them as realistic as possible, setting forth just what needs to be done to stop a genocide, to prevent a genocide. We will try to do this far enough in advance to really stop the genocide. Now, we’re a new organization. We’ve only really gotten launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace in May. And so, you know, we don’t have a lot of experience yet; a lot of our work yet remains to be done. But we’re already working, for instance, on a situation in East Timor. That, you know, is a situation which I think is one in which mass killing is already happening. It’s not probably genocide as defined in the Genocide Convention, but it’s very clearly mass killing. We’re very concerned about it, and so we’re working with a number of other human rights organizations to try to work with administration officials and Congress and others to address this situation, to try to—well, try to stop it.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:12

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Creating the Campaign to End Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed July 22, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/761.