The most controversial question that is still being asked about the First World War - was there an Armenian genocide? - will come to a head on 24 April 2015, when Armenians worldwide will commemorate its centenary and Turkey will deny that it took place, claiming that the deaths of over half of the Armenian race were justified. This has become a vital international issue. Twenty national parliaments in democratic countries have voted to recognise the genocide, but Britain and the USA continue to equivocate for fear of alienating their NATO ally. Geoffrey Robertson QC condemns this hypocrisy, and in An Inconvenient Genocide he proves beyond reasonable doubt that the horrific events in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constitute the crime against humanity that is today known as genocide. He explains how democracies can deal with genocide denial without infringing free speech, and makes a major contribution to understanding and preventing this worst of all crimes. His renowned powers of advocacy are on full display as he condemns all those - from Sri Lanka to the Sudan, from Old Anatolia to modern Syria and Iraq - who try to justify the mass murder of children and civilians in the name of military necessity or religious fervour.
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This book was excellent and I read it straight through. It is very informative regarding the Armenian Genocide and how International Law may apply to it today. The Turkish government has said repeatedly that the question of the Genocide should be left to historians, However Geoffrey Robertson states the obvious, the historians have long determined the fact of the Armenian Genocide, and that it is now a legal question. In his book, Mr. Robertson states that the Republic of Armenian can sue Turkey and Germany (Turkey's WWI Ally) for compensation from damages resulting from the Genocide. I highly recommend An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? by Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.
Mr. Robertson, Continue you fight and TEACH! Yes, justice for all! Please continue educating the world with your important work. You are on a nobel mission to make this world a better place following footsteps of "Lemkins" and "Mandelas". Human rights education should be introduced in schools along with basics of math and evolutionary biology. All your books are cornerstones of the castle we are trying to build as humanity, I hope our future generations learn from past and present crimes and become knights of prevention of any atrocities regardless of background or culture they are representing. Thank You, GS
The contents of this book is thorough in presenting political, social and historic aspects of the Armenian Genocide. The author's background includes careers as a human rights advocate, trail counsel and United Nations judge. Included in the book is hefty documentation provided in several Appendixes. Having read a number of books on this ongoing subject, I appreciate the objective and detailed factual information the author provides. A book for my growing library on the subject.
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