Statements

Updated Statement on Genocide in Ukraine

Given recent revelations of atrocity in Russian-occupied Ukraine, the Lemkin Institute wishes to underscore its conviction that Russia is committing genocide in Ukraine. In particular, reports of genocidal forms of rape, life force atrocities, mass deportations of Ukrainians to Russia, and the kidnapping and transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia are highly indicative of genocidal intent.

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Statement on Genocide in Ukraine

The Lemkin Institute expresses concern that Russia is committing genocide in Ukraine and calls on the international community to make it clear to Russia that any continued destruction of Ukrainian life will result in a strong and clear response.

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Statement on Anti-Black Racism and White Supremacy in Europe

The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention protests in the most severe terms possible the disgusting display of anti-Black racism and white supremacy in Europe during the current conflict in Ukraine.

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Statement in Solidarity with Russian Protesters

The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention expresses its admiration for and solidarity with the Russian citizens who are courageously protesting the current war against Ukraine in over 50 cities across Russia. They have been taking to the streets since Thursday, February 24, despite the risks they face from police and the judiciary. They are being joined by Russian notables in journalism, entertainment, sports, and business, many of whom have posted against the war on social media.

Statement on Russian’s Aggressive War in Ukraine

The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention strongly condemns the criminal acts carried out by the Russian Federation in the sovereign country of Ukraine. The unilateral aggression and invasion ordered by its President Vladimir Putin this morning, Thursday, February 24, 2022, constitute a serious breach of the most essential principles of international law, which have been in effect since the end of the Second World War.

Statement on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The Lemkin Institute expresses concern about the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in China despite mounting credible evidence of genocide against the minority Muslim Uyghur population as well as other gross human rights abuses. The Lemkiin Institute suggests that going forward the IOC return to its more modest roots as a tool for peace rather than oppression.

Statement on 20th Anniversary of Guantánamo Bay

The Lemkin Institute recognizes the need to close Guantánamo Bay. For 20 years, the United States has illegally detained hundreds of Muslim men and boys and have subjected them to inhumane living conditions and torture. We call on the United States government to honor the calls and promises to close Guantánamo Bay, end indefinite military detention and the unconstitutional military commissions system. This includes transferring detainees who have not been charged for release and ordering government agencies to seek closure in military commission cases

Statement on Bangladesh Genocide of 1971

The Lemkin Institute recognizes the genocide against Bengalis committed by the West Pakistan army and local militias in East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) in 1971. We call on governments and NGOs to join us in recognizing the genocide and in supporting Bangladesh in its efforts towards justice.

Statement on LGBTQ+ Persecution in Afghanistan

The Lemkin Institute calls on the international community to recognize the genocidal nature of Taliban threats against the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan and calls on LGBTQ+ safe countries to fast-track asylum claims from Afghanistan.

Statement on the Crisis at the Belarusian Border with Poland

The Lemkin Institute condemns the EU response to the ongoing suffering faced by refugees seeking safe haven in Europe and reminds state leaders that refugees can only be “weaponized” – a term being used by government officials and Western media outlets alike – if the receiving countries view the refugees as dangerous, unwanted, and subhuman.

Statement on Recent Attacks on Women's Rights in the USA

The Lemkin Institute identified Texas law SB-8 as a form of reproductive violence, an important early indicator of genocidal ideology, policy, and practice.

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Statement on Ongoing Chaos in Afghanistan

The Lemkin Institute warns of indicators of genocide present on the ground in Afghanistan and calls on the Taliban to put the rights of women and minorities at the center of their stabilization agenda.

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