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From the beginning of time genocide has taken place and likely is not to end anytime soon The atrocity from King Leopolds regime is one of the most unheard of cases of genocide but also one of the most gruesome The killing and atrocities going on in Congo were full-blown genocide The King was greedy did not have any care or respect for his people and also allowed and had the practice of slavery The main motivating factor for King Leopold to commit this mass genocide was greed All that the King cared about was money and power To fully understand the extent of genocide that was committed by the King you need to know the exact meaning of genocide According to Webster Dictionary genocide means the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial political or cultural group An example of the Kings greed was a decree he made that by which all the land all the rubber and all the ivory was to be the property of the State which was himself This made it illegal for natives to sell ivory are rubber to Europeans and for the Europeans to buy it from the natives The King than sent a letter to all of his officials telling them of a bonus they would receive for collecting rubber and ivory from natives at bargain prices The officials would buy ivory and rubber that was worth a dollar for thirty cents from the natives and receive a fifteen-cent bonus The act of doing this is illegal under article 23 section 2 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights This article says Everyone without any discrimination has the right to equal pay for equal work This article means that the natives should receive fair payment of one dollar for selling their ivory and rubber not the thirty cents that the Kings people where only willing to pay Men who threatened disclosures were bought off or if that
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