Genocide and International Law:
Does the Genocide Convention Protect All Nations from Genocide?
Professor Hannibal Travis will present his views,
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?”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.
— Professor Hannibal Travis
“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.
For more information about the book event and to reserve space, please contact:
jdavid < a t > bfat.com | www.bfat.com
Please confirm your reservations ASAP. There is limited space for this free event.
Professor Hannibal Travis has published widely on genocide and human rights, including book chapters selected for publication by Oxford University Press, Rutgers University Press, Transaction Publishers, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the University of Uppsala Press, and a monograph containing the first comprehensive history of physical and cultural genocide in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled “Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan” (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Genocide Studies International, and a former member of the editorial advisory board for Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, in which he has been published twice. He obtained his law degree from Harvard in 1999.
Joe David received national attention in the 1980’s for his first book, The Fire Within, because of its successful dramatization of important issues in education. It made the reading list at two universities and received praise for its incisive understanding of the fundamental issues in education. For nearly nine years, he was a frequent radio and television talk show guest in major U.S. cities, where he candidly discussed his views. Over the years, he has written for professional journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and books, including the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, NPR Radio (The Best of Our Knowledge), The Forum (University of West Florida), U.S. Airways, Basic Education (Council for Basic Education), Christian Science Monitor, and much more. He is the author of six books.
The Infidels by Joe David
A story about a religious war that occurred 100 years ago
In writing his latest novel, The Infidels, Joe David not only demonstrates a significant knowledge of the customs and history of the times, but he also vividly brings to life the past in an exciting and meaningful way. Aside from a few tiny historical errors, which only an historian would notice, the book is filled with impressive scholarship and memorable characters.
Anahit Khosroeva, PhD
Senior Researcher, Institute of History
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
The Infidels is in the great tradition of novels like Forty Days of Musa Dagh and histories like the Rape of Nanking. It reveals the scars of brutality and inhumanity as history intersects with the ordinary lives of innocent people.
Editor George Thomas Kurian
The World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2001)
The Nelson New Christian Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2002)
Readers will be inspired and informed by Joe David's dramatization of the Assyrian genocide and the struggle of civilians to overcome the hardships of the war and its aftermath.
Hannibal Travis, Esq.
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Genocide Studies International
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies
The Infidels is a story that has been all but lost in the shadow of the Armenian genocide. Now, the memory of the thousands of Assyrians massacred alongside the Armenians is finally being recognized and Joe David’s book helps to bring the innocent victims back into the realm of history.
Igor A. Kotler
President and Executive Director
Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance
The Great War began with two shots: one aimed at the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, and the other aimed at his wife, Sophie. What many thought would be just another Balkan squabble quickly escalated into a major war felt around the world.
As Europe burst into flames and millions of soldiers began battling the forces of nationalism, the Ottoman Turks joined arms with the Germans and extended the conflict to their longtime enemies, the Russians and the Christians. Incited by secular leaders in Constantinople, northwestern Persia became a warzone in which radical religious tribes invaded Christian villages and systematically martyred hundreds of thousands of ‘infidels” who dared to resist conversion.
On a small slice of ancient, isolated land owned by a wealthy Assyrian family, a young Christian girl awakens to the brutal massacre of her race in a war that she is too young to understand. Stripped of her privileged and comfortable existence, pursued by a Muslim governor – a symbol of the rising new world order – and surrounded by hostility and greed, deep-seated hatred and unspeakable horrors, she must somehow come to terms with the nightmare that her life has become.
You will visit the past to grasp the present
– and the horrors to come in the future
The Infidels by Joe David
To be released worldwide April 1st, 2014
by Joe David
Amazon: Product Details
- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Thames River Press (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783082003
- ISBN-13: 978-1783082001
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
When clashing religious ideals come to a head, a young girl must somehow come to terms with the brutal massacre of her race and a world filled with hatred and horror.
About the Author
Joe David is a Virginia-based writer and a former freelance journalist, public relations specialist and educator. Two of his five previous works include “Teacher of the Year” (1996) and “The Fire Within” (1981).