States of Denial

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States of deniaL

sunlight is the best disinfectant

Processes of denial facilitate the perpetration of human rights violations and affect how such violence is dealt with afterwards by those involved. This blog aims to shed light on how denial operates in the context of human rights violations. It reflects on historical events, current cases, and discusses relevant developments in the study of denialism.

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Fostering impunity: Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

On the 25th of October 2017, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), authorised an investigation into the situation in Burundi because of alleged crimes against humanity perpetrated by state agents and associated groups against political opponents and the civilian population. Two days after this investigation had been authorised, on the 27th of October 2017, Burundi became the...

City of Ghosts: A close look at resisting repression

‘I watch the video a lot. It gives me strength’, states Hamoud al-Mousa of the media initiative Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), after watching a Hollywood style ISIS propaganda film in which his father is brutally executed. The surreal scene features in Matthew Heineman’s latest documentary City of Ghosts, which follows a group of young citizen journalists that report on the gross...

Slavery in your chocolate -The case of John Doe V. Nestlé, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland

On the 4th of September 2014 a United States (US) Federal Appeals Court decided that three former child slaves who were forced to work on cocoa plants in Ivory Coast can bring a class action under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against chocolate producers Nestlé, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland. The decision is the outcome of a long process that already started in July 2005 when the former...

Official Genocide Denial: Guatemalan Congress votes to deny genocide – The trial of former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt

On the 10th of May 2013, former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt has been convicted for genocide and crimes against humanity and subsequently sentenced to 80 years in prison. Rios Montt served in the army as a general and eventually came to power in Guatemala in 1982 through a coup d’état, after which he installed a military dictatorship under his command that lasted until 1983. During...

UN Security Council adopts new terminology to denote the genocide that was perpetrated in Rwanda in 1994

On the 30th of January 2014 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2136 renewing the arms embargo and related measures imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Resolution is however not only significant because of the renewal of sanctions. In the Resolution the Security Council adopts a new terminology to refer to the genocide that was perpetrated in Rwanda in 1994. In earlier...

Endorsing denial of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi – Open letters to Professor Noam Chomsky.

Professor Chomsky supplied answers to both of the letters reproduced below, but denied permission to the author of those letters, Roland Moerland, to reprint Chomsky’s side of the correspondence. Thus, the second letter to Chomsky has been slightly modified to remove direct quotations from his message. His answers to both letters were cursory, and in no way engaged with the substantive questions...

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