“The winner of the Brainswork Make a Difference Award 2009 and Brainswork senior consultant Muhamed Mesic spoke at a major international conference in New York City on November 15. The conference which was organized by the Center for Jewish History, the world’s largest repository of Judaism-related historic documentation, discussed the legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the genius who fathered the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Muhamed joined leading experts such as William Schabas, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and Ben Kiernan, Director of the Yale Genocide Program, in discussing the work and thought of the extraordinary scholar activist. Muhamed Mesic spoke about the importance of civil activism and connected action in helping prevent genocide and human rights violations today…”

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Almost 90 years ago, as a young linguistics student in Poland, Raphael Lemkin was intrigued – and deeply troubled – about the case of an Armenian youth accused of murdering the Turkish official responsible for the 1915 genocide of the Armenian community in the Ottoman Empire. Perplexed by the question of why it is a crime for one man to murder another, but not a crime for a government to kill more than a million people, Lemkin devoted the rest of his life to studying, educating, theorizing, writing, and actively campaigning to protect the existence (in every manifestation) of ethnic, racial, religious and national groups under international law. He accomplished it all through lectures, government service, international legal work and tireless advocacy. This crime had no name; Lemkin gave it one – Genocide – and devoted the rest of his life to the drafting, lobbying and ratification process of the United Nations Genocide Convention in 1948. What, Lemkin asked, are the economic, social and cultural consequences of genocide? How shall nations be made to be held responsible for their actions? How many ways are there to destroy a people?