Soviet Union and the Gutting of the UN Genocide Convention
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Based on extensive archival research, Anton Weiss-Wendt reveals in detail how the political aims of the superpowers rendered the convention a weak instrument for addressing abuses against human rights. The Kremlin viewed the genocide treaty as a political document and feared repercussions. What the Soviets wanted most was to keep the subjugation of Eastern Europe and the vast system of forced labor camps out of the genocide discourse. The American Bar Association and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in turn, worried that the Convention contained vague formulations that could be used against the United States, especially in relation to the plight of African Americans. Sidelined in the heated discussions, Weiss-Wendt shows, were humanitarian concerns for preventing future genocides.
Forlag: University of Wisconsin Press
Format: 23 x 15 cm
«"An absorbing and important contribution to the history of the Cold War, as well as to international law and its political uses." —Peter H. Solomon Jr.,author of Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin
"Shows that despite the greater intransigence—and ideologically doctrinaire approach—of the Soviet negotiators, the US and the West also contributed to the defanging of the Genocide Convention. The conclusion of this painstakingly detailed study: Soviet-American Cold War politics undermined the effectiveness of the Genocide Convention. — Choice
"Weiss Wendt’s volume is one of the most thoroughly documented books on the negotiations and the misuses of the Genocide Convention in the 1940s and the 1950s." — Connections»