Justice for Peace
International Judicial Forums:
“New Proposals for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace promotes the development of the international judicial forums: “New Proposals for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” in major cities around the world, seeking to foment critical and constructive thinking about the national and international criminal policy regarding genocide as a capital crime.
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948, and the Rome Statute of 1998, have not prevented other genocides from being committed after World War II. This leads us to question the efficiency and effectiveness of these international instruments to achieve the peace and security of States.
In fact, historical evidence shows that from 1945 to the present, there have been about 250 armed conflicts in the world and approximately 120 million deaths, the majority of whom were victims of their own States.
Current instruments of international criminal law lack clear enforcement mechanisms, as well as effective methods to prevent the crime of genocide and protect the well-being of the human family, making it necessary to create opportunities for reflection to highlight the indifference of nations in the face of genocidal barbarism.
This initiative of Dr. William Soto, Ambassador of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace, seeks to promote judicial, political, academic and social discussions as to the benefit of updating the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 and the Rome Statute of 1998, as well as other relevant legislation.
According to this proposal, it is necessary to review, update and modify these two normative instruments of international law in order to expand their spectrum of protection, and to include in the definition of passive subjects of genocide both political movements and cultural groups through politicide and ethnocide, among other amendments to this legislation.
—Dr. William Soto Santiago, Global Ambassador of Peace—
"The purpose of the project “Justice for Peace” is to examine the benefit of updating these international instruments in this globalized world and to increase their efficiency as mechanisms for the protection of human rights. For this reason, I invite the honorable magistrates of the international tribunals and high courts around the world, as well as representatives of the United Nations Organization, judges, writers of international law and students to participate in the international judicial forums “New Proposals for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”, because it is better to educate for prevention than to judge for punishment."
These international judicial forums are open to the general public, judges, regulatory agencies, legal professionals, attorneys and university communities. Forum panelists include judges of the International Tribunals, the Supreme Courts of Justice of Latin America, Israel and Germany, representatives from the United Nations, university students, professors and international criminal law writers.
“It is better to educate for prevention than to judge for punishment.”
Dr. William Soto Santiago