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"Crimes Against Humanity: A Beginner's Guide" by Adam Jones, Ph.D.

A book that requires reading today, in contrast to the on-going conflicts and struggles that have occurred since 2020.

Had it not been for evil, humans wouldn't learn how to be good—a harsh yet honest statement given all the crimes committed against our own fellow humans. Perhaps it's the wanting of power and control; Maybe because those in power don't see the good in others, regardless of their gender, religion, ethnicity and well-being; It may also be that anyone who doesn't resemble their own selves are seen as "less human." We will never know, but it pains to know, and read, these horror stories about those just wanting to live life, even if it means emmigrating to a country with better opportunities. Why is that a bad thing? As debatable as that sounds, and understanding the fact that illegally entering in a country is certainly, and should, be against the law, but assuming these innocents know what it takes to earn their citizenship, or decide to bare a child at the country they're wanting to live in, I don't see why it's okay to dehumanize them for whatever reason. Author Adam Jones wrote such a gentle, and eye-opening, account into what makes something a crime against the goodwill of humanity, be it a particular group, political affliation and even their own citizens.

Author Jones wasted no time talking about the term "crime against humanity," its origins and why it's a concern. Because of the conflicts going on today, that has taken the world by storm, the reader will get acclimated on the vocabulary making sure the words are used in the correct context. The fact that the term was originated as recent as World War II ought to tell us how cruel these global conflicts have gotten since then, even way before.

The Nuremberg Charter General Principles Article 6 on the book Crimes Against Humanity - A Beginner's Guide by Adam Jones
Crimes Against Humanity The Rome Statute of the ICC referenced on the book Crimes Against Humanity - A Beginner's Guide by Adam Jones
The UN Genocide Convention (1948) referenced on the book Crimes Against Humanity - A Beginner's Guide by Adam Jones

Hmm..."inhuman acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health." Sound familiar?

Right away, author Jones tells the reader about genocide and ethnic cleansing, and these speak for itself. Along are not only factual information defining the terms and explaining what they mean, but also some snippets from those who lived during such tragic event and their first-hand experience as to what went on and what went through their minds. On page 50 was possibly a perfect example of something that broke us into tears: The Bosnian conflict where Muslims were ethincally cleansed out of the country. We have a lot to say and plenty of questions to ask, but our hearts broke reading that as that must have been a really terrifying moment (you can sense the 'cry' in these people's words). To be exterminated and humiliated as a means to invoke pain every which way ought to question all that's being done to us, obvious or not. In contrast, as the likelihoods of more conflicts rumored to rise due to a currently ailing economy, these are something we need to be mindful of.

Chapters 4 to 7 all deal with the crimes that's been acted outin movies such as human trafficking, torture and rape. Once again, they all explain themselves and the examples that author Jones provided really makes the reader(s) wonder and feel for these victims. Whether it's a crime to do "for the heck of it" or an operation to be required carrying out, it doesn't take rocket science to know these are completely immoral...yet it's still being done today. Even though it's permissible for countries to govern in a way they want to and how they like according to their cultural histories and customs, it's time the world recognizes what is considered wrong, and being that such violent crimes were acted out in movies, even in adult films/clips, these are things we may need to re-think. It's sad to us that others are here to live when they automatically become targets to a country's current crises and problems. Yes, it's a debatable topic and it depends but when is enough considered enough? (Don't think it's only women, but also children and, yes, men also get [sexually] mutilated as a result of these operations.)

Near the end of the book, author Jones covered forced disappearance and apartheid. Forced disappearance makes us think about those who reverse-engineered/hacked a company's product(s) only to be silenced and/or never heard from again; They didn't commit any crime, or so the corporate company says so, but we are reminded of something like that even though that's not the context of what the term defines. Nevertheless, author Jones talked about Nelson Mandela and his role in South Africa, fighting against racial segregation and being imprisoned for it. Due to the protests going on today, many people, especially younger ones, ought to be very thankful having the right to protest given how different things were back then. Some countries not only imprison those protesting, they would wipe protestors out! Anyhow, that very last chapter about apartheid should help the reader(s) think as to why Mandela was always in the news and the speeches he said during his time. He lived quite a long life but given the majority of that were spent "fighting the good fight" should tell citizens and everyone around the world that nothing should be taken for granted. Once you, the citizen, sense that something isn't right, it's time to fight (we didn't mean to rhyme that on purpose!).

Trust in the World Breaks Down by Jean Amery who was imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis quoted on the book Crimes Against Humanity - A Beginner's Guide by Adam Jones

Makes you wonder: Isn't police brutality considered a crime against humanity?

This was a very easy book to read, but it will make you think and be mindful of. Many of you are be able to wake up in the morning, eat, go to school/work then go back home to relax; Citizens in other countries don't have that kind of laid-back lifestyle and have to fight just to live and breathe. Another reason is those elected entities who call the shots and are responsible for carrying such plans and operations to handle such conflicts, if one were to arise. Worst of all, operations being laid down and done in the name of racism, sexism, oppression, torture and genocide, anything to humiliate and "poison" its people, citizens or not—such things falling under the guise of a crime against humanity. We pose a very simple question: What did these poor people do to deserve such suffering? If living Life is considered a crime, no human, not even an AI robot which are created by humans, would even be here, leaving this planet inhospitable. Let's not forget that people in power, be it through election or by monetary status, are human too. In that case, besides money, power and status, are they no different than we are? Or are they doing this because they're insecure, unhappy, brainwashed thinking this is funny?

Given that current affairs and politics aren't our best subjects, nor is it something we often discuss here on this website, this book was the biggest wake-up call ever. To know that countries like the United States, China and Israel are NOT part of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), making you wonder why some of the crimes committed here in the US isn't being taken to a global court, you now should know why. Because of what's going on right now, we'll be hearing more about the ICJ, and much more, as countries and those in power are being subjected in to committing a crime against humanity. We shall finish this with another question: What crime(s) have been done against the goodwill of humanity since 2020?

For that, we strongly recommend this book. It is imperative to know all that constitutes a wrong-doing against fellow humans as we move forward to the second half of 2024. Think nothing of it: We must take care of one another.

(We want to wrap up this review in taking time to send our hearts, condolences and thoughts to those who were victims of a crime against humanity. The trauma inflicted both physically and mentally must be off the charts, and being able to live with those wounds for the rest of your lives must be horrifying. We want to let all of you know that we sincerely apologize for all that's has happened to you, your family, your loved ones and everyone else whom you were close to. We hope Life has gotten much better but we also understand the anxieties and the fear you're living with that may or may not heal for as long as you live, and for that, we want to extend our reach into letting you know that we have all of you in our thoughts. May these people, who's purpose is to shame, dehumanize and diminish people "just because," serve their time and punishment for such cruel wrong-doings while silencing those who speak out against such thing and avoiding possible imprisonment for what they've done. The Universe and Mother Nature regains their balance once they sense something isn't right, and will punish those who pushed this imbalance on them and on us innocent humans. In other words, no matter how long it takes, justice will be served, and you will be okay. We hope you're doing well and staying strong!)





  • Great account into what constitutes a crime against humans.
  • A book that's needed given the state(s) of conflict today.
  • Author Adam Jones covered all grounds without having to take sides, socially and politically.
  • Makes the reader question about the morality, ethics and law(s) that allow fellow humans in power to carry these inhumane operations.
  • This book marks as the very first non-fiction book that made the reviewer emotional.
  • None.
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Title Crimes Against Humanity: A Beginner's Guide
Author(s) Adam Jones, Ph.D.
Description In this powerfully compelling examination, Adam Jones outlines the history and current extent of key crimes against humanity and highlights the efforts of popular movements to suppress them. Using examples ranging from the genocides in Darfur and Rwanda to the sex trade of Eastern Europe and the use of torture in the 'war on terror', Jones explores the progress made in toughening international law, and the stumbling blocks which prevent full compliance with it. Coherent and revealing, this book is essential for anyone interested in the well-being of humanity and its future.
Dedication "To Mentors
Rex Brynen • Kal Holsti • Ben Kiernan"
eISBN / ISBN 978-1-85168-601-8
Barcode Number 9 78851 686018 51495
Book Dimensions Width: 5.06″ (5 1/16″)
Height: 7.81″ (7 13/16″)
Depth: 0.63″
Page Count 192
Contents Preface, Acknowledgements, Illustrations, 1 Genesis, 2 Genocide and extermination, 3 Forced population transfer and 'ethnic cleansing', 4 Slavery and human trafficking, 5 Arbitrary imprisonment, 6 Torture, 7 Rape and sexual crimes, 8 Forced disappearance, 9 Apartheid, Conclusion, Further reading, Index
Typeset Jayvee, Trivandrum, India
Cover Design Simon McFadden
Image by Jonathan Moller
Author Photograph --
Genre Current Affairs / Politics
Published September 01, 2008
Reprinted, 2021
Publisher Oneworld Publications (www.oneworld-publications.com)
Copyright © Adam Jones 2008
Printed in / Bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
Book Format Paperback, Kindle, Audible Audio
Quoted Reviews "A remarkable book that is immediately accessible for the novice in the field, or students, and also engages with its topic in intellectually interesting ways for the more seasoned reader. Helps chart the way forward for those already thinking about, or tussling with, the horrors of humanity and the seemingly ever evolving capacity to shock the conscience." — James Gow - Professor of International Peace and Security, King's College London

"A much-needed conceptual overview and call to action." — Charli Carpenter - Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"What is so first-rate about
Crimes Agaist Humanity is the way Adam Jones takes the subject out of its standard legal casing and opens it up to a much wider social and political scrutiny. The result is not only highly accessible but also eminently sane, measured, and yet compassionate." — Dr Mark Levene - co-founder of the Forum of the Study of Crisis in the 21st Century
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Other Adam Jones, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada. He is author or editor of a dozen books, including Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction (2006). He serves as executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), and is senior book review editor of Journal of Genocide Research. Please visit his personal website at adamjones.freeservers.com


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