Plan (part one)
At the end of this section you are going to be asked to develop a plan to end genocide across the world once and for all.
So, begin by setting out a mind map that includes a number of sections, including:
- The 8 stages of genocide.
- Examples of post-Holocaust genocides (you can get these from the KS3 pages)
- The United Nations Declaration on Human rights.
The '8 stages of genocide'
In order to begin to develop yor plan you will need first to understand the '8 stages of genocide' (see above)
To your mind map add information about each of the '8 stages' as identified by Professor Gregory H. Stanton.
What lessons can we draw from this catastrophe that happened in the middle of the 20th century? Since 1945 there have been genocides and examples of ethnic cleansing throughout the world. The problem is universal.
The United Nations ‘Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide’ came into effect as a result of the Holocaust. Article 2 states that genocide means “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”.
Acts of genocide include:
- Killing members of the group
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
Eight stages of genocide
Professor Gregory H. Stanton, president of Genocide Watch and a major scholar in genocide education and prevention, has identified eight stages in genocides. He argues that at each stage, preventive measures can stop it. He says the process is not linear. Later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process. The slide show above explains the eight stages.