Shoes and toys line the steps of a building in Edmonton in honour of and mourning for the Indigenous children found in unmarked graves in Canada.
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The recent discovery of the bodies of Indigenous children being found in Canada reminds us of the dark history of Australia’s treatment of young First Peoples and children here in Australia.
Consulting with the communities that have suffered the most harm from past acts of mass violence is a key part of a successful reparations process.
From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs.
Ecocide? The aftermath of huge fires in Indonesia in 2019.
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Environmental destruction remains an unofficial crime, but activists and scholars want it recognised.
A person lays several shoes on the steps of City Hall in Kingston, Ont., to honour the 215 children’s graves discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
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Non-Indigenous Canadians are right to feel shame about Indian Residential Schools. But what comes next?
Members of the Tsuut'ina Nation take part in a silent march in memory of the 215 children whose remains were found in Kamloops.
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Acts of genocide were strategically implemented by church and the Canadian government to remove Indigenous people from their land and, in turn, their culture.
Handprints are seen on the side of a truck riding in a convoy of truckers and other vehicles in support of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc people after the remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C..
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Ending the Canadian genocide of Indigenous peoples is a legal obligation, requiring honest, active decolonization. The lawyer who wrote the MMIWG’s inquiry’s legal analysis of genocide explains.
Two young children sit next to shoes left in front of a statue of Egerton Ryerson, who was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Indian Residential School System.
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An Indigenous lawyer makes the case that what happened to Indigenous children who went to residential schools is genocide and the case should be tried by the International Criminal Court.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a memorial on Parliament Hill in recognition of the discovery of children’s remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
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Canada has officially recognized eight genocides that have happened around the world. It has not done the same for its own treatment of Indigenous children who they sent to Indian Residential Schools.
The mortal remains of some of the victims of German atrocities in Namibia that Germany handed over in 2018.
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German’s commitment of €1.1bn for development projects in Namibia over 30 years is too cheap a price to pay for remorse.
Protesters chant “Stop the genocide in Tigray!” during a demonstration against Ethiopia’s war against Tigray regional forces on May 07, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
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Establishing whether a genocide is happening in Ethiopia requires an independent and objective investigation – which probably won’t happen.
An unaccompanied foreign minor does lessons provided by a volunteer in a park in Toulouse, France, October 2017.
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Governments and agencies should prepare second chance opportunities for formal education as emergency situations may last for several years and create a backlog of education.
A gathering of women survivors at a Solace Ministries meeting, near Kigali, Rwanda, in 2010.
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A scholar of the Rwandan genocide argues that while a genocide and a pandemic are very different, the experiences of Rwanda’s survivors may provide lessons on how to heal from pandemic trauma.
A child stands near a large screen showing photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping near a carpark in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region.
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Rights-based pressure on China over its treatment of Uyghurs is necessary, but other nations could also present best practices for the ethical treatment of racialized minorities in their own countries.
Prisoners are forced to play music as they lead a fellow prisoner to his execution at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
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Music is supposed to transcend the mundane and horrific. Yet it has also served as an accompaniment to torture and punishment.
The former Nazi concentration (and extermination) camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland.
The study of the Holocaust, as the ultimate example of genocide, allows teachers to raise the universal message of human rights abuses and mass violence.
A Uyghur rally to protest the 71st anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in front of the White House on October 1, 2020.
When your ‘friend’ and biggest trading partner is accused of genocide you can’t ignore it. But meaningful change will take more than words.
Crowds carrying hate symbols as they stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
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The crowds that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 were not just engaged in an effort to support Trump. The symbols they carried were of an extreme form of anti-Semitism.
Foreign companies are failing to heed the UN call to stop doing business with Myanmar’s blood-stained military elite.
Soldiers patrol the mountainous, disputed border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, on Nov. 8.
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Each side in the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh conflict accuses the other of war crimes. Such allegations attract foreign attention and possibly intervention, but rarely lead to a peaceful solution.
Australia has maintained military and trade ties with Myanmar. If Myanmar is not fully complying with the ICJ order, this puts Canberra in a sticky position.