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Prevention By Bystanders

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Opposing indifference, opposing non-action, taking sides not only against the perpetrator and collaborator but also in particular against the bystander, is an immense task. This chapter describes what the possibilities are for taking such action considering the power and instruments that are available primarily at the state and international levels. It discusses the different stages within a genocidal process and point to the measures that can be taken to prevent genocide. The chapter deals with the opportunities to prevent genocide and other international crimes or gross human rights violations by international actors. It also discusses a rather new and novel principle in international affairs. The available early warnings and accompanied signals will thus be elaborated in the chapter. The chapter reviews 'peace-keeping forces' as an important instrument of prevention. It examines short note on regional peace-keepers.

Keywords: bystander; genocidal process; human rights violations; international actors; peace-keeping forces



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