25 Years of Genocide Prevention

Friday, February 18, 2011

A photo of Tsitsernakaberd, a memorial dedicated to the victims of what Armenians call the Armenian Genocide, in Yerevan, Armenia (Wikipedia Commons/flickr)

Sunday marks 25 years since the US Senate ratified the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. That convention entered into force in 1951 but the US Senate refrained from ratification until 1986. Why? Adam Jones is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and author of "Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction."

Jones says the US delayed ratification of the convention because, in part, of fears that US treatment of African Americans and Native Americans might open it up to accusations of genocide.

Guests:

Adam Jones

Produced by:

Noel King

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