The Hamid Regime and Denial of  Genocide

  • by Western Armenia, April 29, 2024 in Armenocid

Mari Hovhannisyan, executive director of the International Foundation for Research and Development "Zoryan Institute" in Eastern Armenia, writes that the study of genocide is not only the presentation, analysis and evaluation of past events, it has another mission, in my opinion, more urgent, to prevent genocide in the future.

The study of past events should aim to make the present more prosperous and peaceful, and the future more stable and secure.

In this sense, the comprehensive studies of the origins of denial of genocide, their political, social, psychological, cultural manifestations, methods of application and changes along with the challenges of time will allow to highlight the still unknown details of this phenomenon, which can serve as "effective tools" questions  in the struggle against potential perpetrators who want to settle with the formula "kill and deny".

The struggle against the denial of genocide has not only the mission of restoring moral, political, legal, and historical justice, but also primarily aims to prevent crimes against humanity, because denial has always been one of the key components of the plans that develops and implements genocides.

That said, the criminals who are preparing genocide think and plan in advance the denial of the crimes to be committed, which will ensure their impunity.

Therefore, the comprehensive and multifaceted study of the origins, mechanisms, and manifestations of the denial of genocides and the uncovering of still unknown details will provide an opportunity to have a more systematic and targeted counter-influence to the claims and actions taken by those who have adopted a policy of denial or are actively involved in it for some reason, thus contributing to wider recognition of the crimes committed against humanity and prevention of their possible repetition in the future.

In this sense, the turkish denial policy, with its continuity and prevalence, has become a symbol of impunity and an example for others. Thus, for example, according to Genocide scholar Helen Fine. "The genocide committed against the Armenians was not only a precedent for what can be done during the Second World War.

It was also an example of what could be done with impunity." Adolf Hitler's famous rhetorical question addressed to his officers is a vivid example of the above. "Who remembers the extermination of Armenians after all this?"