Genocide Denial

12 Ways to Deny Genocide: Lesson 1 and 2

Acts of genocide denial by individuals and groups have played significant roles both during and after the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Based on Genocide Scholar Israel Charny’s work, this lesson focuses on 12 ways various parties have denied and continue to deny genocides.

Lessons in this section focus on genocide denial. Genocide Scholar Gregory Stanton defines genocide denial as follows. “DENIALĀ is the final stage that lasts throughout and always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile.”

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