April 14th at the National Press Club of Washington
Why have Turkey and the member states of the Arab League often been allowed to escape condemnation for mass murders against their own populations, while other nations are forced to face international consequences for their crimes? Professor Hannibal Travis, professor at Florida International University of Law. will explore this question among others as he applies his insights to the subject of genocide in the twentieth century on Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the National Press Club of Washington, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
“Over the past several decades,” Professor Travis said, “the Republic of Turkey has interpreted the Genocide Convention as not applying to its own history and conduct, even as it claims to be preventing acts of genocide against its racial, ethnic and religious allies in the Balkans, China, Cyprus, Palestine, Russia, and Syria. The member states of the Arab League have been doing the same by maintaining a disproportionate focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to deflect the attention of the United Nations away from their eradication or forcible assimilation of their own indigenous non-Muslim populations.”
To correct this oversight of justice, Professor Travis believes it is important that we never forget the ethnic and religious cleansing of the period from 1914 through 1945 in the Middle East and Europe, as we attempt to understand and to resist contemporary threats to ethnic and religious tolerance and diversity.
Professor Travis will be a speaker at the book launch of Joe David’s latest book The Infidels (Thames River Press, London). The Infidels is a moving story about an Assyrian family, trapped in northwestern Persia, during World War I, victims of one of the twentieth century’s first major genocides. David will read a passage from his book, which is a fictionalization of his mother’s harrowing experience, while a child, living in Urmia in northwestern Persia.