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Turkey's Genocide Denial, Pushed by Abject Academics, Threatens Armenian Lives Today How Turkey's Genocide Denial, Boosted by Shameful Academics, Threatens Armenian Lives Today

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09.05.2021

The Armenian genocide in many ways shook the established world order to its very core.Here was an atrocity so inexplicably depraved that there was no word to describe it, and no system to resolve it.

In this watershed moment in human history, the basis of our modern system of international governance, human rights, and international law were born.

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It wasn’t, however, until the crime of genocide was repeated with the annihilation of Europe's Jewish population – inspired in part by the Ottoman Empire's extermination of the Armenians – that these nascent systems of international law and global governance would be fully institutionalized; namely with the establishment of the United Nations.

It was there the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide first formally defined the extermination of an entire group on the basis of its indelible characteristics as a criminal act – the life work of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawyer whose inspiration for coining the term was the lack of legal recourse for the Armenian people to seek justice for the systematic destruction of their people.

Yet despite the centrality of the history of the Armenian people to very concept of genocide prevention and restitution, the Armenian people have long been denied that very justice – and that is due largely to Turkey’s ongoing denial of the genocide.

Elie Weisel referred to denial as a "double killing": the consummation of the process of genocide. It is also widely considered to be the "final stage of genocide," the process by which the memory of a group’s suffering and persecution is forgotten, leading to the risk of repetition.

From the birth of the Turkish Republic, a concerted........

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