“Genocide is a process. The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers. It started with hate speech” said Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide. Mr Dieng was speaking at the UN remembering the Rwandan genocide when he made this statement. His words reflect a fundamental truth about genocide and how it operates. Yet it does not necessarily help us to prevent genocide. Again and again, we miss the red flags and genocide continues to occur. This is very clearly seen from an analysis of the genocide perpetrated by Daesh.
In early 2014, Daesh unleashed a genocidal campaign against religious minorities. Its goal was to eliminate religious pluralism from the Middle East (with a particular emphasis on Iraq and Syria) and to establish a purely Islamic state (in accordance with Daesh’s perverted interpretation of what it would involve). Daesh brought about this genocide by way of mass murder, torture, abuse, slavery, rape and sexual abuse, forced displacement, and much more.
Name a crime, Daesh has been perpetrating it.