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How Much Do You Know About Genocide?

How knowledgable are you about genocide and crimes against humanity which are still, to do this day, prevalent? Find out after this quiz. *WARNING: Graphic Images

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  1. Who coined the word genocide?

    BBC
    Raphaël Lemkin
    Via Duke University
    Raphaël Lemkin
    Via Duke University
    The United Nations
    Via Wikipedia
    The United Nations
    Via Wikipedia
    William A. Schabas
    Via Middlesex University
    William A. Schabas
    Via Middlesex University
    David Maybury-Lewis
    Via Harvard
    David Maybury-Lewis
    Via Harvard
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    Raphaël Lemkin

    In 1944, Raphaël Lemkin, a Polish-Jewish lawyer, published a book "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe" where he first used the word genocide. The word did not exist prior, and was used to name the destruction that had happened in the Holocaust that had killed 40 members of his family.

    Raphaël Lemkin
    Via Duke University
  2. Has the legal definitions of genocide changed since its origin?

    Inclusion International
    Yes
    No
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    The United Nations Has Changed the definition

    While Raphaël Lemkin created the word genocide, the United Nations in 1948 recategorized what can be labeled genocide. The new definition explains what could be punishable in court. The United Nations took some ideas from Lemkin while also ignoring others, specifically what Lemkin defines as cultural genocide.

    The United Nations Has Changed the definition
  3. Genocide is intending to destroy certain "groups" of people. By the U.N's definition, what are the labeled groups ?

    United to End Genocide
    Ethnic, Racial, Religious, or Gender
    National, Religious, Ethnical, or Political
    National, Ethnical, Racial, or Religious
    Sexual Orientation, Religious, Ethnical, or Racial
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    Definition of Genocide

    According to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, under article two, genocide are acts committed with the intent to destroy any of these following groups: national, ethnical, racial or religious group. This definition limits the label of genocide to other groups being persecuted such as sexual orientation, or political beliefs.

    Definition of Genocide
    Via Twitter
  4. Where was the first historical act of genocide?

    Van Diemen's Land
    Via ATI
    Van Diemen's Land
    Via ATI
    Milos, Greece
    Via history.com
    Milos, Greece
    German South West Africa
    German South West Africa
    Bukhara
    Via wikipedia
    Bukhara
    Via wikipedia
    Correct!
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    Milos, Greece

    The Peloponnesian war occurred between 431-404 B.C. It is the first instance where genocide is seen with the Athenians making the Melian men be put to death, and selling the women and children as slaves. After, they sent 500 colonists and inhabited their land.

    Milos, Greece
  5. After the U.N Genocide Convention, which was the first country to be accused of genocide?

    United Nations
    United States
    Via Spartacus International
    United States
    Via Spartacus International
    Rwanda
    Via The New Times
    Rwanda
    Via The New Times
    Cambodia
    Via United to End Genocide
    Cambodia
    Via United to End Genocide
    Germany
    Via United to End Genocide
    Germany
    Via United to End Genocide
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    United States

    The United States was the first country after the U.N Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to be accused of genocide. In 1951, the Civil Rights Congress presented the following document,"We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People," to the U.N in a meeting in Paris. The Civil Rights Congress mentioned article 2 of the U.N Genocide convention stating "Genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group." The document mentioned the lynchings that occurred, legal discrimination, police brutality, and systematic inequalities in health.

    United States
    Via Atlanta Black Star
  6. Which genocide is not recognized by the United States?

    Geology.com
    Darfur
    Via The Borgen Project
    Darfur
    Via The Borgen Project
    Bosnia
    Via History.com
    Bosnia
    Cambodia Genocide
    Via United to End Genocide
    Cambodia Genocide
    Via United to End Genocide
    Armenian Genocide
    Armenian Genocide
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    Armenian Genocide

    The Armenian Genocide occurred between 1915-1923. The Ottoman government, which is today the Republic of Turkey, exterminated 1.5 million Armenians. Death marches occurred leading the Armenians into the Syrian desert. The male Armenians were killed, while women,elders, and children were deported (although being Ottoman citizens). While being deported, they were often deprived of water and food, and the women were raped. The United States has not recognized the Armenian genocide because of its political relations with the Republic of Turkey (who also fail to recognize the genocide they created).

    Armenian Genocide
    Via wikipedia
  7. The Cambodian Genocide targeted which of the following groups?

    Wikipedia
    Buddhists
    Educated People
    Vietnamese People
    All of the above
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    Cambodian Genocide

    The Cambodian Genocide occurred between 1975-1979 when the Khmer Rouge took control of the government. The Khmer Rouge idolized a peasant/farmer society leading them to round up everyone from cities and people who were educated. They then led these people to labor camps where they usually died of overworking and starvation. The Buddhist and Vietnamese populations were also targeted by the Khmer Rouge. As a result, 1.7 million people died in Cambodia, which was about 20% of their population.

    Cambodian Genocide
    Via World Without Genocide
  8. All of the following statements are true regarding the Bosnian Genocide except...

    wikipedia
    Targeted Croatians
    Resulted in over 100,000 deaths
    Targeted Muslims
    Occurred during the Cold War
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    Bosnian Genocide

    The Bosnian Genocide occurred between 1992-1995, while the Cold War ended in 1991. The Bosnian Genocide targeted Croatians and Muslims when the former Yugoslavia broke into several smaller countries, leading to the emergence of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serb-dominated Yugoslov army targeted Mulsim and Croatian civilians, resulting in deaths of over 100,000 people. It was the worst act of genocide in Europe since the Nazi regime.

    Bosnian Genocide
  9. When did mass killings peak?

    1940s
    1980s
    1970s
    Currently
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    1970s

    Mass killings increased after World War II, and peaked during the 1970s. The Cold War made both sides unwilling to recognize genocide, as well as problems with the UN definition. During the 1970s there were mass killing in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Chile, Guatemala, and more.

    1970s
  10. In 2017, in Chechnya, which groups of people are being jailed in secret prisons?

    Washington Post
    Political rivals
    Peasants
    Muslims
    Gay Men
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    Chechnya targeting Gay Men

    In Cechnya there have been recent reports of gay men being rounded up and arrested. The Novaya Gazeta ( a newspaper) reported that 100 gay men were arrested, with 3 of them being killed. The Human Rights Watch has verified these claims. Homosexuality in Chechnya is seeing as a taboo, and their society is very homophobic. The Kremlin and Chechen government have, however, dismissed these news.

    Chechnya targeting Gay Men
    Via The Slatest

How Much Do You Know About Genocide?

Take a World History Class

While you may know certain things about genocide, most notably the Holocaust, there is more for you to learn. Try checking out a local history class that educates about genocide and crimes against humanity. It is never too late to learn and become informed.

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You know more about world events than most, but still have room to grow. Knowing very detailed history might be hard for you, but that's okay. Knowing the "big picture" of world events is great. Try pursuing more detailed articles/books/classes to understand specific cases of genocide and crimes agains thumanity.

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You are extremely educated in world events and should pursue history as a career. Try joining an activist group you feel strongly about. Inform your friends/families about current events and atrocities occurring ! Spread the word! Make the world more knowledgable about genocide and crimes against humanity!

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