STAND broadens view of genocide | Orange County | Indy Week
Pin It

STAND broadens view of genocide 

"Genocide results from thinking that my world would be better without you—without you and your kind."

That's what Carl Wilkens, one of the few Americans to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, recently told high school, middle school and college members of the student anti-genocide coalition STAND.

Wilkens' speech touched upon his experiences in Rwanda, where nearly a million people, mostly Tutsis, were killed in a civil war with the Hutus.

A national grassroots organization, STAND (www.standnow.org) gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill last weekend to learn more about genocide throughout the world, as well as how best to raise the issue in the political arena.

STAND's current efforts focus on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. The conflict in Darfur has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of others, and marks the first instance of genocide in the 21st century, according to the Genocide Intervention Network.

However, considering the mass killings in such places as Kosovo, Rwanda and East Timor, STAND is looking at genocide from a global viewpoint.

"Instead of being a Darfur conference, it was an anti-genocide conference," said Ashley Kroetsch, STAND's national outreach coordinator for colleges. "We really broadened the scope this year."

Two pivotal events this year are prompting STAND to raise political awareness about genocide: The 2008 presidential race and the summer Olympics in Beijing. STAND is encouraging its members to take steps to make Darfur a matter of concern for the political elite.

STAND associate Janessa Goldbeck said United Nations resolutions and international laws have failed to curb genocide. "Just passing legislation isn't enough," she said. "It must be enforced."

Swathi Sekar, the event's co-coordinator and member of the STAND chapter at UNC, said organizers were pleased with the conference. "I think it really gave a lot of people a platform to start whatever they were planning back home."

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Orange County



Twitter Activity

Comments

Janet Nagels tirade is a remarkable demonstration of the anti-F activists ability to dredge through 70+ years of history and …

by Randy Johnson on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

Having posted speed limits and having to obey them is an unlawful restriction of my right to free choice as …

by John Trololo on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

Janet Nagels tirade is a remarkable demonstration of the anti-F activists ability to dredge through 70+ years of history and …

by Randy Johnson on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

Having posted speed limits and having to obey them is an unlawful restriction of my right to free choice as …

by John Trololo on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

Sarah Willets gives a pretty accurate account of what people say about F'ation pro and con. But the basic thing …

by Janet Nagel on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

In Sarah Willets' article about fluoride, she notes::

"Perhaps the group's most compelling point is that the fluoridation debate …

by Bernie Bildman on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

Oh and it's completely lost on everyone with their Google PhDs that OWASA is still operating with 50's Beverly Hillbilly …

by John Trololo on OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent. (Orange County)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation