Why Does No One Care About Genocide?

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The issue of genocide is not a topic that generates significant attention or public interest. It is one thing to support the general principle of “Never Again.” It is a different thing to take active steps to ensure that the slogan becomes a reality. Indeed, the majority (if not everyone) would agree that we should never again allow such atrocities as those perpetrated by the Nazis in the 20th century. Again, while we agree on the principle, after the Nazi atrocities, we saw similar atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and Libya, little was done to address the atrocities. In the last few years, we have witnessed mass atrocities that may be classified as genocide, including the atrocities perpetrated by Daesh against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, the Burmese military’s atrocities against the Rohingyas in Myanmar, the CCP’s atrocities against the Uyghurs and atrocities against religious minorities in Nigeria. Most recently, we see early warning signs that the practices that targeted the communities over 100 years ago in the Ottoman Empire are being introduced yet again.