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Croft Institute for International Studies
The goal of this thesis is to demonstrate the connection between word and action in relation to the media incited genocide. By employing the operational definitions of intent, incitement, genocide, and hate speech from legal texts such as the Genocide Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, this thesis shows that there is suitable jurisprudence on the crime of direct and public incitement to genocide with the legal bodies statute mirrors the language of the Genocide Convention. This in conjunction with the language gradient on the changing role of messages before and during genocide shows that regulation could be achieved by legal bodies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the language of their governing document changes. The evidence provided by the case studies of Rwanda and Myanmar supports the suggestion of amending language for more widespread enforcement power. This thesis does not seek to address all genocide, but rather the instances of genocide where direct and public incitement to violence occurred through media sources.
Whittemore, Savannah, "Applying International Law to the Regulation of Media Incited Genocide: Rwanda and Myanmar" (2020). Honors Theses. 1425.
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