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2006 Political Science Abstracts

2006 Research Fair Archive - Political Science Abstracts

The UN's Handling of the Rwandan and Sudanese Genocides
by Rebecca Howe  (Faculty Sponsor:  Mike Zarkin)

In 1948 the United Nations drafted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Almost every country in the world signed their support for it, but still the prevention of genocide remains an international failure. This paper examines the UN’s reaction to Rwanda and also the UN’s treatment of the genocide in Sudan. Because the UN does not recognize the Situation in Sudan as genocide, I use prominent genocide scholarship to differ with their position. I also discuss the dynamics which influence the UN’s reluctance to declare genocide.