Genocide and the Europeans

Genocide and the Europeans

By:Karen E. Smith

Genocide is one of the most heinous abuses of human rights �imaginable,
yet reaction to it by European governments in the post-Cold War world
has been criticised for not matching the severity of the crime. European
governments rarely agree on whether to call a situation genocide, and their
responses to purported genocides have often been limited to delivering
humanitarian aid to victims and supporting prosecution of perpetrators
in international criminal tribunals. More coercive measures€– including
sanctions or military intervention€– are usually rejected as infeasible or
unnecessary. This book explores the European approach to genocide,
reviewing government attitudes towards the negotiation and ratification
of the 1948 Genocide Convention and analysing responses to purported
genocides since the end of the Second World War. Karen E. Smith
�considers why some European governments were hostile to the Genocide
Convention and why European governments have been �reluctant to use
the term genocide to describe atrocities ever since.
karen e. smith is Reader in International Relations at the London