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The UK and ‘genocide’ in Biafra

Smith, Karen E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2651-7193 (2014) The UK and ‘genocide’ in Biafra. Journal of Genocide Research, 16 (2-3). pp. 247-262. ISSN 1462-3528

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14623528.2014.936703


In late August 1968, following a British proposal, Nigeria announced that it would allow an international observer team into the country to show that it was not pursuing a campaign of genocide in Biafra. This article analyses why the United Kingdom pushed for the creation of the observer team, and shows how the team's work was incorporated into the British government's justifications for its support of the Nigerian government. The experience of the observer team illustrates the difficulties of providing an ‘objective’ view regarding whether or not genocide is taking place.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 08:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:11

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