Who Is A World Without Genocide?

April 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm 1 comment


By Andrew Richter

OK so this Saturday is the “big” event to “end genocide” in Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and Golden Valley. In an article two weeks ago, I did some research on Ellen Kennedy, the speaker that these cities are paying to speak about ending genocide with your tax dollars. Now I want to analyze the group she represents a little bit; A World Without Genocide.

This group advocates very little that will stop genocide. Most of what they talk about is symbolic or it is aimed at criticizing the United States. A good example of this is making April “Genocide Awareness Month.”

Recognition of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month is also urged for cities, municipalities, schools and universities, to engage fully in making ‘never again’ truly mean ‘never.’

Municipalities? Um, I don’t think any genocide is going on in cities around here. Why don’t you go over to the Middle East and get them to “be aware of genocide?”

In April 2013, both the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives passed bills declaring April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in Minnesota. This was signed into law by Governor Dayton in 2013.

And the bill was carried by DFL Senator Sandy Pappas who is also on A World Without Genocide’s Board of Directors as a vice chair. How is that not a conflict of interest? She’s on the Board of Directors of an NGO while serving in the Senate?

BOARD

In September, 2014, New Hampshire became the fourth state to pass a bill designating April.  In addition to Minnesota, California and Texas have passed similar bills.

And so far what genocide has that prevented?

Now here’s what they “advocate” to “end genocide”  internationally. You’ll notice a common theme; the United States is to blame.

At a global level, we encourage the United States to join with nearly all other nations of the world in ratifying two very important United Nations resolutions.  Ratification requires support from the U.S. Senate.

1. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is often described as an international bill of rights for women. The Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women, and creates an agenda for action to end such discrimination. The Convention ensures women’s equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life – including the right to vote and to stand for election – as well as education, health and employment. Countries that have ratified the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice.

Only seven nations have not ratified CEDAW yet, including the United States.

Hmm…..so they want to end discrimination against women huh? Well let’s take a look at how that’s working. Here are some of the nations that have signed on to this worthless treaty:

Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Iraq (under Saddam) among others. How are women’s rights working out in those countries? Why don’t you go over there and tell them to treat women equally?

Even worse, A World Without Genocide is calling for citizens in the United States not to buy electronics from the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Yet Congo is a signatory of the CEDAW! The United States should have nothing to do with this garbage!

2. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). CRC defines the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The Convention protects children’s rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services. By ratifying CRC, national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children’s rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community.

The only two nations that have not ratified CRC are Somalia and the United States.

Oh so that mean Iran, North Korea, Egypt, Syria etc have all signed on to this. How are kids being treated in some of these countries? Some are used as soldiers, some are prostituted, and some are used for suicide bombers! But they signed this treaty so they are “committed to the rights of the child” right? What a joke.

3. We also urge the United States to ratify support for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

To date, 122 nations have ratified participation in the ICC. 

Why? We already have criminal courts in the United States. Why should we cede our sovereignty to an ICC. My guess is so that people we prosecute can’t face the death penalty.

Here’s another great idea;

Since 2002 it has been illegal around the world to use children as soldiers. Unfortunately, the number of child soldiers has hardly changed since then. There are still about 300,000 children used in adults’ wars in at least 30 countries.

Since it’s hardly changed, your advocacy much not be doing much good.

In order to protest this tragedy, more than 350,000 red hand prints have been collected in over 40 countries worldwide. And this campaign is continuing – the goal is a million hand prints!

Hmm, I bet the 30 countries who are using children as soldiers are all signed on to the Convention on the Rights of the Child! I’m sure hand prints will scare them.

Perhaps more worrisome for me is this groups migration into left-wing academia.

Here is a “partial list” of their academic partners;

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

Benilde-St. Margaret School, St. Louis Park, MN

Champlin Park High School, Champlin, MN

Columbia Heights High School, Columbia Heights, MN

Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, MN

Edina High School, Edina, MN

Edison High School, Minneapolis, MN

Lincoln International High School, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Academy, St. Paul, MN

St. Peter Middle and High School, St. Peter, MN

I even got an email from the Robbinsdale School District promoting this event! What are kids being “taught” exactly about genocide. Am I the only one concerned about this?

Well, I’m picking up garbage on West Broadway this Saturday morning, and I’ll be far more productive than I would be by attending this!

Groups’s WEBSITE if you want to read it.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. habusse  |  May 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    It would be nice to have more background on this event and the topic, quotes from speakers and what not, because I am not sure what exactly happened.

    Reply

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