24, 2008 Hilary leila krieger, the THE
to the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
Genocide's article criminalizing "public incitement to commit
genocide," Cotler argued that Ahmadinejad's threats toward
crime of incitement to genocide has already been committed," Cotler told
the conference against state-sponsored genocide, sponsored by The Jerusalem
Center for Public Affairs and other organizations.
cited Ahmadinejad's demonization of Jews by calling them "bloodthirsty
barbarians" and worse, together with his calls for the destruction of
those who would dismiss such statements, former
noted that his own grandfather decided to move his family out of
you say today can turn into a policy tomorrow," warned Holbrooke, the
architect of the
Mujawayo learned that lesson first-hand as a victim of the Rwandan Genocide of
1994, an experience she recounted at the conference.
recalled that the genocide's perpetrators stated their intentions openly, and
yet nothing was done because the international community lacked political will,
a situation she doesn't want to see repeated.
to Iranian designs, she said, "Let us unite - I think that's not a vain
word - to stop them in time."
the gathering, Cotler unveiled a petition urging states to fulfill their
obligations as signatories to the convention and act against Ahmadinejad's
incitement to genocide.
action should include asking the United Nations to investigate his statements,
Cotler said, as the convention allows. And yet, he noted, up until now not one
state had filed such a complaint.
have a chance now to prevent a genocide," he said. "Now is the time to