A FEW FACTS

To 2013, United Against Racism reported 15181 deaths related to European border politics. According to The List, the number now exceeds 22.000. The numbers differ, and the real number is likely to be much higher, and it is increasing. UNHCR estimates the crossing for the first few months of 2013 to exceed 8,000, this from Mediterranean crossings alone.

In 2010, The List shows a significant decline in deaths, due to a tightening of security along the European border. However, in 2011, the fiure rises to a staggering 1000-2000 people, or maybe even more, depending on the source. With the increasing unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa, it is more than likely that the European Union should brace itself for an increased number of immigrants and refugees in the years to come.

The European Parliament and the European People made several statements in support of the Arab spring uprisings [ 1, 2 ]. However, neither did very much in terms of action, and for this received severe critisism. The European Union once sprung from the ruins of the Second World War. This legacy should - if anything - have taught us that neglect to act, is in itself an action. According to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 96(I) from 1946, The definition of genocide is "a denial of the right of existance of entire human groups". Most definitions of genocide, such as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of Genocide, states the physical act of killing as the primary requirement for the punishment of genocide. It is rarely of any use to extend the meaning of words, beyond the scope where they cease to be meaningful, but in that case - do we perhaps need a new definition; the definition of genocide by neglect?