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The Uncondemned

World  (tags: The Uncondemned, Pierre Prosper, rape as crime, OJ Simpson, Sara Dareshori, rape as genocide, Nuremberg, Rwanda )

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In 1997, a group of lawyers and activists prosecuted rape as a crime against humanity. It was the first international tribunal since Nuremberg. This is the story of their fight for the first conviction for genocide and for rape as a form of genocide.

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Sheryl G (360)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 12:26 pm
Note how the trailer states, that instead of covering this all there was across all channels was OJ Simpson. Not that he hadn't also done a terrible crime, but it was at the exclusion of everything else taking place.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 4:14 pm
It's really hard to wrap my mind around these atrocities. I know I am grateful to the people who prosecuted these awful people and I wish it had gotten more coverage. Now maybe it will.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 4:52 pm
Same here Winn

Animae C (513)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 4:52 pm
Was the same in Australia, i do not remember any coverage on this trial but i do remember OJ on the news persistently!

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 5:25 pm
Noted and shared. Women are always used like this when stakes are high so to speak. For some time now, it seems that the American news media uses whatever they can to keep from reporting on world events that might lead to any sort of civil unrest in this country. It's only gotten worse too. Anytime the news media really seems to zero in on something, such as the OJ Simpson mess, look around the world to see what else is going on that they are not reporting. And it doesn't even have to be elsewhere in the world either, it could just as easily be some egregious human rights issue right here at home.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 5:58 pm
Bosnia and Rwanda were resounding failures of UN doctrine. But the perpetrators had every reason to think they had gotten away with war crimes--none had been prosecuted since 1946.

But then, the third-to-last witness took the stand for the prosecution...and the world of criminal justice changed forever.

These 3 women.....all rape victims.....rose to great courage......and as this said, changed the world of criminal justice forever.

I didn't mean to undermine the heroic circumstances of what these women and the activist did with OJ...what I was trying to say, while this MAJOR bit of news was taking place, all we got to know was the OJ trial.

JL A (281)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 6:28 pm
The contrast should shame us all Dandelion. We all can be thankful for these courageous women.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:08 am

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton admitted that if the U.S. had gone into Rwanda sooner following the start of the 1994 genocide, at least a third or roughly 300,000 lives could have been saved.

Speaking to CNBC Meets' Tania Bryer, Clinton explained that the failure of his administration to act during the genocide, which claimed the lives of around a million Rwandans, was one of the reasons behind the establishment of the Clinton Foundation.

"If we'd gone in sooner, I believe we could have saved at least a third of the lives that were had an enduring impact on me."

While Clinton added that the U.S. didn't have the same presence in Africa in 1994 that it does now, if he had sent around 10,000 troops into the country thousands of lives could have been spared.

In the 19 years since the atrocities, many historians and analysts have criticized the inactivity of the U.S. and other Western nations for not supporting the small UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda at the time.

Classified documents released in 2004 revealed that the Clinton administration knew of a "final solution to eliminate all Tutsis" well in advance of the genocide.

In a reference to the tribal tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis that were at the center of the genocide, Clinton explained the Foundation's goals: "I want people to revel in our diversity and respect it without thinking that we have to refer to each other in negative terms. That is, I can be proud of my heritage without dismissing yours."

Clinton said he was proud of other international efforts during his eight-year presidency between 1993 and 2001, including peace efforts in the Middle East which culminated in the 1993 Oslo Accords and the Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement, as well as the resolution of the Bosnian War.

"We tried to pull the world together. I think that's a good model for America's world today…Make it work for everybody, prove what the role of government is, and then just try to keep pulling things together by building new networks," he said. "You can't stop every bad thing from happening."

You judge for yourself - Thanks for posting Sheryl.

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:45 am
Winn Adams and JL A. say it all. Thanks.

Darlene W (303)
Monday August 4, 2014, 6:43 am
My sentiments exactly Birgit--Winn Adams and JLA say it all. Bless all who care and prayers to those in need.

Kathleen Mireault (225)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:05 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Dandelion. Winn and JLA: kudos!

Angelika K (96)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:38 am

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Evelyn B (62)
Monday August 4, 2014, 9:53 am
And we don't learn ... there are now 7 UN resolutions on Women, Peace & Security, gender-based violence ... each building on previous because the problem continues .... and we can expect more

And the focus tends to be only on women & girls as victims - but boys are also vulnerable ....
Spread of AIDS is a downstream worsening effect of sexual abuse. How can one not see this as part of the same wrongs as genocide? It's slow genocide, death by infection, death by unwanted results of rape ...

Thanks for posting, Dendelion

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:49 pm
Would have rather seen news on this than OJ.. Turned my TV off during most of that farce of a trial. The difference between now and then as far as the US sending troops anywhere - we go only where the corporate interests lie nowdays, so the same could still happen today. Look at the various dictators and tribal chiefs ruling Africa now and you'll see not much has changed...think Nigerian schoolgorls kidnapped raped, tortured, forced into slavery-like marriages...Must not affect any US corporate interests.

Judith C (159)
Monday August 4, 2014, 6:38 pm
Stop war, stop crime, stop murder.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:57 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Sheryl.

P A (117)
Monday August 4, 2014, 11:15 pm
You are right - we were deluged with OJ news too and had no idea this was happening - God bless these brave, indeed heroic people forever!

S J (130)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 7:36 pm
noted, thank you Dandelion

Nancy C (806)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 2:13 am
posted in Slavery Today group on fb...ty

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 12:59 pm
Thanks Nancy.
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