Burma is the Country at Highest Risk of Genocide

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Global Justice Center
South Eastern Asia

Genocide strikes at the heart of our international legal order which is why the Genocide
Convention requires states to take action both “to prevent” and “to punish” genocide - in
that order.

The International Court of Justice has made clear that all states must take “all possible
measures” to prevent genocide once a credible risk of genocide is shown to exist anywhere
in the world.

Burma is now the number one state in the world at risk of genocide. This means that all
states have existing affirmative obligations to act against genocide in Burma, including
through the Security Council.

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