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Armenian Genocide: Negation, Silence and Human Rights (1915-2015)


The book Armenian Genocide: Negation, Silence and Human Rights is presented here as a "memorial book" organized in memoriam to the 1.5 million Armenians who are estimated to have been victims of the mass killings perpetrated by Ottoman Turkey at the outset of the 20th century (1915-1923). Defined by scholars as the genesis of the modern genocide that served as a "model" later applied in several other genocides, this crime has not yet received the due attention of the so-called civilized nations. It is important to remember that on April 24, 2015, on the occasion of the centenary of this genocide, about 60 countries were represented at the memorial ceremony for the victims in Yerevan, Armenia. This collection expresses the results of several events promoted by important institutions of the State of São Paulo including three seminars and an Academic Competition organized by experts from the University of São Paulo, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Universidade Estadual Paulista de Franca - UNESP, and Paulista State University " Julio de Mesquita Filho ".The essence of the content is centered on the principle of human dignity, the universe of international law and its various conventional and institutional normative sources. At the conceptual level of this supreme value endowed with a transcendental meaning for the ethical substratum of the expression of the human person, the authors dedicated themselves to reflect on genocide as one of the execrable modalities of the destruction and annihilation of a community in its multidimensional, practical aspect which was institutionalized in the twentieth century, in the period leading up to the two great world wars, systematic violations that circumscribe the policy adopted by the Turkish government towards the Armenian people. The aim is to foster free debate and reflection on the Armenian genocide and the impacts of negationism on the lines of justice, memory and reparation in the twentieth century, arousing the interest of young academics in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. If the Holocaust has long been the paradigmatic case of genocide studies, it is a consensus that the denial of the Armenian genocide is the main case study to understand how it is possible for perpetrators to deny that genocide occurred and that observers ignore the event, in a truncated game that involves geopolitics, economics, ethics, and justice. (AU)

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