Potato Famine Was Genocide

March 17, 1997


Nicholas Blanford

Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. He is with a UN aid convoy just outside of the Nahr al-Bared camp.

Zaki Chehab

Political editor of the London-based Al Hayat newspaper and the Arabic TV channel LBC. For over twenty-five years he has covered Middle Eastern conflicts as a commentator for the Arab and Western media. He is a Palestinian born in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Irish activists, human rights groups, and lawyers are organizing to
win official recognition that the Irish potato famine of the
mid-19th century was genocide. Already some public schools are now
teaching that the Irish potato famine which claimed an estimated
million lives was a deliberate act of genocide by the British
government. And activists are even planning to stage an
international tribunal to hold the British government accountable
for their actions.

Here to discuss the legal and political ramifications of the Irish
famine and genocide are two guests.


FRANCIS BOYLE, a professor of international law at the
University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana. He
recently litigated and won two genocide cases at the World Court on
behalf of Bosnia against Yugoslavia.

EAMON DORNAN, the legal counsel for the New York-based
group, the Famine Was Genocide Committee.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.