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The international community has time and again committed to never let genocide occur again – however, multiple bouts of genocide have occurred since the Holocaust. This, in addition to the current quandaries surrounding the Uyghurs of China, points to the fact that the international laws and institutions have loopholes that allow for genocides – especially those that enact structural and cultural violence without necessarily employing direct violence – to ‘slip through’.

This has been the case in spite of R2P policies being in place. In this paper, I examine the inability of international systems to capture ‘cultural genocide’ or intervene in it through a case study of Northern Cyprus. This study will shed light on the shortcomings of the system, which may also illuminate why the international community is likely to fail to protect the Uyghurs and many others in the future – unless the current understandings of and approaches to atrocities change.


This article was originally published in Macedonian Political Science Journal, volume 8, issue 1, in 2020.

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