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This site is dedicated not solely to the memory of the Cathars, but to all those persecuted because of race or religion and to those who have stood up to defend them.
 
The 20th century has seen the massacre of innocent civilians carried out in industrial proportions made possible by improvements in technology and transport.
 
Whilst the crusaders were able to massacre 20 000 people in Beziers, it's now possible to murder many times this.
 
Please take time to remember victims of genocide and persecution: Armenians, Jews and the other victims of Nazi brutality: gypsies, Slavs, the disabled and political dissidents all of who were subjected to extermination campaigns.  More recently, in former Yugoslavia all sides have carried out atrocities, in Africa there have been numerous acts of genocide which have seen no intervention and little publicity.
 
Possibly one of the worst aspects of genocide is often people have massacred their own fellow citizens or even neighbours.
 
World leaders stood idly by as Pol Pot and Suharto exterminated many thousands of their own people.
 
Leaders who commit war crimes frequently go unpunished, Idi Amin for example was allowed to live out his life in Saudi Arabia after his overthrow.
 
Few people have the courage to defend victims of genocide, it's easier to turn a blind eye, especially for politicians.
 
One exception was Raul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, who saved about 60 000 Hungarian Jews from the German Nazis and the Hungarian government which collaborated with them.  He was arrested in 1945 by the Soviets and died in Lubianka prison in Moscow.
 
Please have the courage to stand up to crimes of violence, support organisations such as Amnesty International who help defend human rights.  Call upon the politicians who stand idly by to act.  Lobby, complain.

 

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