crimes against humanity

POLAND. January 27, 1995. A woman lights a candle on the rail tracks leading to the Nazi concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the commemoration of the Soviet liberation of the complex of camps 50 years ago. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the Auschwitz complex during Nazi rule.

Photograph: Jacqueline Larma/AP

Pray for the people of Syria

Something absolutely horrendous happened in Syria there was a chemical attack
If you are strong enough try to watch the video is absolutely fuck up but I think is that necessary people see the horrible reality of this crimes against humanity
I’ve never seen something like that I’m in tears I wish I could switch places with any of the victims, please keep them in your prayers

For as long as I can remember myself, it has rained in Armenia for April 24th. This year isn’t an exception. 

Rest in Peace 1.5 million innocent men, women, kids, elders, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, lovers. You did not deserve to die in anguish, and for your sacrifice you will be forever remembered. 

It’s the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide. 

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Potocari. July 9 & 11, 2017.

The remains of 71 victims of the bloodshed, which has been ruled genocide by international courts, were laid to rest in a joint funeral at a memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica.

They included a 33-year-old woman and seven people who were under 18 when they were killed.

Adela Efendic said she had come to “finally say goodbye” to her father Senaid, who was 35 when he was killed.

“His remains were found nine years ago in a common grave, but only a few bones,” the 22-year-old said, her head covered with a violet veil and tears streaming down her cheeks.

“We were waiting, hoping to find more, but nothing turned up… We decided to bury him now so his bones find peace,” said Efendic, who was just 20 days old when her father died.

“I have only one photo of him, a small one, like for an ID card. But my mother told me a lot about him… it allows me to imagine him.”

Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern Bosnian town, a UN-protected enclave at the time, on July 11, 1995, five months before the end of Bosnia’s inter-ethnic war.

In the following days they summarily killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

(1) (4) (7) (9) Bosnian Muslims pray among gravestones during a funeral ceremony for dozens of newly identified victims of the 1995 massacre, at the memorial centre near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo. Amel Emric/AP

(2) People carry the coffin during a funeral ceremony of newly identified 71 Srebrenica genocide victims, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. Mustafa Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

(3) Bosnian Muslims, survivors of the Srebrenica 1995 massacre, as well as other visitors, carry one of many caskets containing the remains of their relatives, before final burial at a memorial cemetery. Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

(5) A woman mourns near coffins of her relatives, who are newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

(6) A Bosnian girl reads a name tag on a coffin among 71 caskets displayed at the memorial centre. Amel Emric/AP

(8) A red carnation is placed on a monument containing the names of victims during a funeral ceremony. Talha Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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After 3000 years of caste apartheid, oppression, subjugation, servitude, subhuman treatment, genocide, colonization, invasion, white washing, gentrification, rapes, acid attacks, stoning, slavery and every other horrible crime against humanity – do you think it’s right to teach these people color blindness? Do you think it’s right to teach their children forgiveness over justice? Do you think its right to parade black people that look like them but who are in relationships with white people in front of them like they are success stories? After three thousand years of being disenfranchised and almost being genocided and erased out of history and having received no justice, would you tell these black people – we’re all humans?

GREECE. Thessaloniki. March 19, 2017. A woman places flowers on a train wagon at the old train station. Residents of this northern Greek city visited the train station to mark the 74th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II.

Photograph: Giannis Papanikos/AP

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CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 1996. Tuol Sleng prison, now a museum. Photos of inmates executed by the Khmer Rouge. 

The infamous Tuol Sleng prison, aka Security Prison 21 (S-21), was one of at least 150 execution centres in the country used by the Khmer Rouge regime when in power (1975-1979). Between 17,000 and about 20,000 people were imprisoned there; there are only seven known survivors.

Prisoners at Tuol Sleng were systematically tortured to obtain confessions of whatever crimes their captors desired. Routine torture methods included beatings, electric shocks, searing of hot metal instruments, hanging, lacerations with knives, suffocation with plastic bags, pulling out of fingernails while pouring alcohol on the wounds, and waterboarding. The “medical unit” at Tuol Sleng also performed medical experiments on some prisoners; test subjects would be sliced open and their organs would be removed with no anaesthetic; others would be attached to intravenous pumps drained of every drop of blood to see how long they could survive. Flaying was reserved to the most difficult prisoners. After captors were satisfied with the confessions obtained, prisoners would usually be transported to Choeung Ek, one of the most infamous killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, and killed there using crude weapons like iron bars or machetes, before being buried in mass graves. 

Nowadays, Tuol Sleng is a museum open to the public. Buildings have been preserved as they were left when the Khmer Rouge were driven out in 1979 and extensive records are available since the regime made efforts to document its activities. Several rooms are lined, floor to ceiling, with black and white photographs of some of the estimated 17,000 prisoners who passed through the prison.

Photographs: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

Never forget that, on the 11th of July 1995, one of Europe’s greatest crimes against humanity-the Bosnian genocide-reached its peak with the brutal massacre of over 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men & young boys of all ages, and the the expulsion of 25,000-30,000 Muslim Bosnians that followed the very same day.

Never forget that this bloody extermination was strategically made with the intention of “cleansing” Europe of its ethnic Muslims, and is an act that modern day xenophobia & islamophobia still echoes.

Never forget that this genocide was part of a greater atrocious and vicious ethnic cleansing campaign that lasted, largely ignored & unrestricted, from 1992-1995. It included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery, and inhumane treatment of civilians. It not only targeted political leaders but also intellectuals & professionals. There were unlawful deportations, unchecked shelling of civilians, unlawful appropriation of real and personal property by the government, the destruction of homes and businesses, and the destruction of places of worship.

Never forget.
May they rest in power.

Chemical attacks in Syria cannot be looked over, or forgotten. Forgetting this is one of the most dishonourable things you could ever do in this life. People always assert that had they been alive in the 40s that they would not have been silent or complacent or indifferent to the Holocaust. Nowadays another crime against humanity is happening and it is not the time to be indifferent. Not acknowledging the victims is acting like they never existed in the first place. This is a crime against humanity and should be widely acknowledged as one. Not paying attention is the same as covering up the deaths because you’re letting people get away with crimes against humanity. Eventually humanity has to acknowledge and hold people accountable because it’s the right thing to do. Not paying attention or not learning/speaking about it solves nothing. Do the right thing and be on the right side of history. I cannot stress that enough. Don’t forget them.