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The paper "Genocide and Hotel Rwanda " is a good example of a finance and accounting article. Now more than 10 years ago, the 1994 Rwandan genocide in today’ s memory is almost forgotten and what very few people know little about. Quite similarly to the Holocaust of World War II, this very horrible and devastating event in recent world history recalls the systematic genocide carried out by the Hutu-dominated government of Rwanda against the Tutsi ethnic group and some Hutu moderates and sympathizers in the belief that the Tutsi tribes do not belong to the Rwandan soil and are “ mere cockroaches” that deserve to die.

David Scheffer of the Los Angeles Times (2006) said the brutal genocide “ were instigated by Rwandan government, military and media leaders and carried out by thousands of machete-wielding Hutus, ” with resurgent massacres that plagued the countryside for years thereafter. The Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda chronicles this very brutal chapter in Rwandan history yet focuses on the heroism and determination of hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle), who sheltered more than 1,200 people and saved them from the brutal genocide (Holden 2004).

While the film asks the viewers what would you choose between protecting or killing your racial enemies, even at the expense of betraying or losing our loved ones and families, it also begs to ask what the Western countries, and the United Nations, thought of the brutal slaughter of more than 800,000 people in one hundred days.   Genocide and the case of Rwanda Genocide, coined by Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin, was derived from the Greek word genes, meaning tribe or race, and the Latin word cide, meaning killing.

Lemkin, who escaped from Poland in 1939 and eventually emigrated to the United States, championed the passing off by the United Nations of the convention that will make genocide an international crime, above other crimes such as slavery, piracy and other universally recognized “ offences against the laws of nations” (Genzlinger, 2006). The UN soon passed the convention that aims is to ensure that another Holocaust would never again happen or allowed to occur in the history of humanity.

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