What is Genocide Watch?
Genocide Watch is the first anti-genocide NGO in the world and is efficacious in providing awareness for the prevention and identification of genocide throughout the world. It was created by Gregory H. Stanton who is incredibly experienced in genocide work. He has drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that resulted in the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Burundi Commission of Inquiry, and the Central African Arms Flow Commission. He has had a huge impact on this issue and has continued to extend his influence into advocacy.
The Mission Statement: Genocide Watch exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. We seek to raise awareness and influence public policy concerning potential and actual genocide. Our purpose is to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide.
As I was researching this organization, I stumbled across the mission statement and identified 4 key pieces that I believe truly summarize the organization’s purpose. This powerful and meaningful mission is geared at the elimination, education, prevention, and punishment of genocide and those who commit it.
Predict. Prevent. Stop. Punish
Foresee where problems are beginning to form, use preventative measures, eliminate the problem, and bring consequences onto the persecutors.
Seek to raise awareness
Tell people about it. Spread the word. Talk about genocide. Don’t pretend like the issues aren’t there but help be the voice to an issue that needs more noise.
Influence public policy
Raise awareness and lobby for the cause so that our politicians listen to our needs and help create policies to make a difference in countries that experience genocide.
Build an international movement
This doesn’t stop in the United States, we need to create an internationally active community who brings attention and focus to organization of efforts to improve upon the issue of genocide.
Vision: Genocide Watch coordinates The International Alliance to End Genocide (IAEG) which focuses on educating individuals and influencing policy, creating institutions to stop genocide, and enforcing justice upon the genocidaires. The advocacy doesn’t end with Genocide Watch, but this organization has a vision to create other groups that work to end the issue as well.
Genocide Watch Objectives
This objectives follow a chain. It is necessary to educate in order to predict, and prediction is necessary to prevent, you’ve got to prevent so you don’t have to intervene, and once you intervene it is necessary to provide justice. These objectives don’t work if there is a broken link in the chain, and each piece of the overall vision needs to work in sync in order to see a difference in genocide and mass murder.
Why Genocide Watch Matters
Something incredibly unique about this NGO is the amount of extensive information provided about genocide and the alert system that is set up to identify risky areas of the world where there is activity related to ethnic cleansing and other types of genocide and mass murder. The website provides information about the 10 Stages of Genocide and how they progress from mild hate speech to violent acts of crime. The stages move in order from Classification to Symbolization, Discrimination, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Persecution, Extermination, and finally to Denial. Genocide Watch provides an “Alerts” tab where there is a U.S. map that provides color-coded imaging of each of the stages relative to each of the countries that are identified as at risk. This is an interesting type of advocacy that provides interested individuals with imagery that is representative of the magnitude of the problem.
This organization provides so much information to those who may not understand what genocide is or how the issue is affecting those involved, but it also provides so much information about how to become an advocate and assist in eliminating the problem.
The passion that drives the organization is evident in so many ways but something that is especially important to remember in the words of Mr. Stanton himself is that ending genocide is “a matter of human will” and those who say it can’t be done will only perpetuate the cruelty that drives genocide.
So if you’re not feeling inspired quite yet, take a look at the website and see for yourself how genocide affects lives and learn about how you make a difference in this worldwide issue.