Payam Akhavan: Political Will is the Key to Preventing Genocide
Genocide is a manmade calamity that society spends too much time trying to define instead of trying to prevent, emphasized renowned scholar Dr. Payam Akhavan, author of the book Reducing Genocide to Law, at a discussion on September 6. “Never again” becomes “ever again” as society has continually failed to prevent the kinds of atrocities that occurred in the 20th century, including in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur. Akhavan, a survivor of Iran’s attempts to crush the Baha’i community, stressed that with political will we can implement practical solutions to prevent genocide.
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