‘genocide’: Nine ethnic and religious groups facing extermination today


The article starts off with Armenia, stating that there has been up to 1.5 million deaths at the hands of Ottoman soldiers during the First World War. Some say that those deaths were not causes of a genocide, but that the Armenians killed were the victims of civil war and unrest rather than a systematic extermination. Many countries are still arguing over the fact if this is true or not and 20 countries including France and Austria, who have urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change his stance on the issue. The UN Convention on Genocide defines it as acts intended “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.”

It then turns to the Yazidis in Iraq, stating that As Isis swept through the country last summer in its bloody quest to establish an “Islamic State”, Shia Muslims, Christians and anyone not conforming to its violent Salafist ideology was killed and persecuted. Not only has this extremist group killed their own people but any foreigners they could get a hold of who were not of the same belief.  A UN report last year found that Isis may have committed “war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.


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