Genocide Denial

Genocides continue even after the terrible killing ends. Professor Gregory Stanton’s last stage of Genocide was denial. left untouched the last stage of denial grows and can twist history, especially in the age of the internet. 

Early stage denial:

Denial starts as soon as the genocide starts: the perpetrators are motivated by self-protection, political agenda, monetary gain and to aid the development of the genocide. For instance, in the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya people, government officials vehemently denied their crimes to allow for them to continue without intervention – thereby protecting themselves from foreign military prevention. This instantaneous denial is seen in most genocides-and attempt to slow intervention and set up further denial so prosecution is harder or impossible later on. Building the propaganda to justify or outright deny any crime is one method of denial that can pre- vent justice for the victims and allow the murderers to be free.

Late stage denial:

After allied forces successfully defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 many perpetrators denied knowledge of ‘the Final Solution’ even though there all the evidence pointed to the contrary. This denial was for preservation, to protect themselves from prosecution. After a genocide is linked to a certain political group or ideal – those with the same political affiliation will try to deny its connections or the genocide itself to aid their political agenda. An example of this is the government officials of Republika Srpska who have repeatedly blocked laws preventing denial of the 1995 genocide so that their similar political agenda can remain unharmed. Even a mayor of Srebrenica, Mladen Grujičić, denied that the genocide took place. This exploitation of people who have fallen prey to years of propaganda or have been scared into self-protection is another horror of genocide that aids mass murderers and prevents justice for victims

Denial today:

With the communication available today it is far easier for fake news to reach millions of people internationally. However it also enables the truth to perpetuate. The internet has aided hate speech against the Rohingya to spread and Many misleading sources not representing the true nature of the violence and algorithms making it even more difficult to learn the truth. Denial of the Holocaust has multiplied online. But the Internet has also allowed the truth of other genocides to reach millions. The internment and sterilisation of Uyghurs in China has been revealed and spread throughout multiple sources forcing corporations and governments to take action with growing public awareness and concern. The growth in technology especially in countries that are directly affected by genocide is another area that must be managed to see the true effects and whether or not they can be use to prevent genocide through awareness not perpetuate it through propaganda.

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