Genocide Watch exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. Our purpose is to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide.
A Genocide Watch is declared when early warning signs indicate the danger of mass killing or genocide.
A Genocide Warning is called when politicide or genocide is imminent, often indicated by genocidal massacres.
A Genocide Emergency is declared when genocide is actually underway.
Myanmar: Rakhine: The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority of one million people that has lived in Rakhine state for centuries, but they face systematic religious and ethnic discrimination there. The Rohingya are not a recognized ethnic minority and are, therefore, robbed of the rights inherent in citizenship. During 2012, violence increased against Rohingya and other Muslims in the Rakhine State, and the Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting said the Rohingyas have become one of the most oppressed ethnic groups in the world. Genocide Watch has issued an updated Genocide Emergency for the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Myanmar: Kachin: Fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin state pits the Kachin Independence Army and its majority Christian population against the Burmese Buddhist government. Ethnic Shan in Kachin State have also been displaced. In June 2011, a 17 year peace agreement was shattered and fighting between the KIA and Burmese government has been non-stop since. Human Rights Watch estimates that since the fighting began again, over 75,000 Kachin have been displaced, and attacks include raids on villages, rapes, and murders. A January 19, 2013 ceasefire agreement was broken by the government, and February 2013 peace talks were also unsuccessful at ending the violence. Genocide Watch has issued a Genocide Emergency for the Kachin State of Myanmar.
Central African Republic: Political background for the current crisis in CAR reaches back to French colonization of the territory when settlers gave preference to the Southern Riverine peoples. This created an elite class amongst those peoples, and tensions between northern & central peoples and the southern peoples have existed since. Recent fighting involves violence of the Seleka coalition – two groups of rebels from the northeast and northwest – which organized to oust Bozize. Lead by Michel Djotodia, Seleka rebels took control of CAR’s government on March 24, 2013, and Djotodia declared himself president. Continued violence has lead Genocide Watch to issue a Genocide Warning for the Central African Republic.
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