"Mr. Speaker, genocide is the most potent of all crimes against humanity because it is an effort to systematically wipe out a people and a culture as well as individual lives."
Jerry CostelloFormer U.S. Representative
"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness."
Elie WieselWriter, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor
"Genocide, after all, is an exercise in community building."
Philip GourevitchWe Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
"A genocide begins with the killing of one man – not for what he has done, but because of who he is."
Kofi AnnanNobel Prize Speech
"...there's a sickness
worse than the risk of death and that's
forgetting what we should never forget."
Mary OliverTecumseh, American Primitive
"All day I was digging Armenian bones out of the Syrian desert with a TV crew that kept ducking the Mukhabarat who trailed us in jeeps and at night joined us"
Peter BalakianOzone Journal
"My name is Sherman Alexie and I was born from loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss and loss. And loss."
Sherman AlexieYou Don't Have to Say You Love Me
The International Association of Genocide Scholars is a global, interdisciplinary, non-partisan organization that seeks to further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on genocide prevention.
A central aim of the Association is to draw academics, activists, artists, genocide survivors, journalists, jurists, public policy makers, and other colleagues into the interdisciplinary study of genocide, with the goal of prevention.