List of genocides by death toll

This list of genocides by death toll includes estimates of all deaths which were directly or indirectly caused by genocide, as it is defined by the UN Convention on Genocide. It excludes other mass killings, which may be referred to as genocide by some scholars and are variously also called mass murder, crimes against humanity, politicide, classicide, or war crimes, such as the Thirty Years War (7.5 million deaths), Japanese war crimes (3 to 14 million deaths), the Red Terror (100,000 to 1.3 million deaths), the Atrocities in the Congo Free State (1 to 15 million deaths), the Great Purge (0.6 to 1.75 million deaths) or the Great Leap Forward and the famine which followed it (15 to 55 million deaths). A broader list of genocides, ethnic cleansing and related mass persecution is available. Genocides in history include cases where there is less consensus among scholars as to whether they constituted genocide.


The United Nations Genocide Convention defines genocide as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group".[1]

List of genocides

Listed in descending order of lowest estimate.

Event Location From To Lowest
Proportion of group killed
The Holocaust[N 1]   German-occupied Europe 1941 1945 5,750,000
Around 2/3 of the Jewish population of Europe.[5]
Nazi genocide of ethnic Poles[6][7]   German-occupied Europe 1939 1945 1,800,000
In addition, 3 million Polish Jews were killed during the Holocaust in Poland.[8]
Cambodian genocide[N 2]   Democratic Kampuchea 1975 1979 1,386,734
15–33% of total population of Cambodia killed[20][21] including:

99% of Cambodian Viets
50% of Cambodian Chinese and Cham
40% of Cambodian Lao and Thai
25% of Urban Khmer
16% of Rural Khmer

Armenian genocide[N 3]   Ottoman Empire
(territories of present-day Turkey, Syria and Iraq)
1915 1922 700,000
At least 50% of Armenians in Turkey killed[27]
Rwandan genocide[N 4]   Rwanda 1994 491,000
60–70% of Tutsis in Rwanda killed[29]
7% of Rwanda's total population killed[29]
Greek genocide including the Pontic genocide[N 5]   Ottoman Empire
(territories of present-day Turkey)
1914 1922 300,000
At least 25% of Greeks in Anatolia (Turkey) killed[citation needed]
Dzungar genocide[N 6] Qing Dynasty (Dzungaria) 1755 1758 480,000
80% of 600,000 Zungharian Oirats killed
Genocide in Bangladesh[N 7]   East Pakistan (territories of present-day   Bangladesh) 1971 300,000
2%[45] to 4% of the population of East Pakistan[46]
Assyrian genocide ܣܝܦܐ (Seyfo, "Sword")[N 8]   Ottoman Empire

territories of present-day Turkey, Syria and Iraq)

1915 1923 200,000
Genocide by the Ustaše including the Serbian genocide[N 9]   Independent State of Croatia (territories of present-day Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Syrmia) 1941 1945 200,000
13% to 21% of the Serbian population within the NDH was killed.[45]
Massacres of Hutus during the First Congo War[N 10]   Zaire 1996 1997 200,000
Romani genocide[N 11]   German-occupied Europe 1935[59] 1945 130,000
25% of Romani people in Europe killed
Polish Operation of the NKVD (Polish genocide)[N 12]   Soviet Union 1937 1938 111,091
22% of the Polish population of the USSR was "sentenced" by the operation (140,000 people)[72]
Aardakh[N 13]
(Soviet deportation of Chechens and other Vainakh populations)
  Soviet Union (North Caucasus) 1944 1948 100,000
23.5% to almost 50% of total Chechen population killed[81]

[73][page needed][74][75][82]

Genocide of Acholi and Lango people under Idi Amin[N 14]   Uganda 1972 1978 100,000
Darfur genocide[N 15]   Darfur, Sudan



East Timor genocide[N 16]   East Timor, Indonesia 1975 1999 85,320
13% to 44% of East Timor's total population killed
(See death toll of East Timor genocide)
Ikiza[N 17]   Burundi 1972 80,000
As much as 10% to 15% of the Hutu population of Burundi killed[96]
Bambuti genocide[N 18]   North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2002 2003 60,000
40% of the Eastern Congo's Pygmy population killed[N 19]|-
Anfal genocide[N 20]   Iraq 1986 1989 50,000[103] 182,000[104]
Genocide of Isaaqs[N 21]   Somalia 1988 1991 50,000
Genocide against Bosniaks and Croats by the Chetniks[N 22]   Occupied Yugoslavia (territories of present-day Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,and Sandžak) 1941 1945 47,000
Tamil Genocide[N 23]   Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka 1956 2009 40,000[129][130] 140,000+[129] Between 10% and 35% of the Eelam Tamil population living in the de facto state of Tamil Eelam, controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.[131]
Deportation of the Crimean Tatars[N 24]   Soviet Union (  Crimean ASSR) 1944 1948 34,000
The deportation and following exile reduced the Crimean Tatar population by between 18%[136] and 46%.[138]
Genocide in German South West Africa[N 25]   German South-West Africa 1904 1908 34,000
60% (24,000 out of 40,000[139]) to 81.25% (65,000[142][143] out of 80,000[144]) of total Herero and 50%[139] of Nama population killed.
Guatemalan genocide[N 26]   Guatemala 1962 1996 32,632
40% of the Maya population (24,000 people) of Guatemala's Ixil and Rabinal regions where killed[45]
California genocide[N 27]   California, United States





Amerindian population in California declined by 80% during the period
Queensland Aboriginal genocide[N 28]   Queensland, Australia



3.3% to over 50% of the aboriginal population was killed
(10,000[161] to 65,180[162] killed out of 125,600)[clarification needed]
Rohingya genocide[N 29]   Myanmar





Before the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis and the military crackdown in 2016 and 2017, the Rohingya population in Myanmar was around 1.0 to 1.3 million, chiefly in the northern Rakhine townships, which were 80–98% Rohingya. Since 2015, over 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to south-eastern Bangladesh alone, and more to other surrounding countries, and major Muslim nations. More than 100,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar are confined in camps for internally displaced persons.
Bosnian genocide[N 30]   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 1995 Just over 8,000
More than 3% of the Bosniak population of Bosnia and Herzegovina perished during the Bosnian War.[178]
1804 Haiti massacre[N 31]   Haiti 1804 1804 3,000[181] 5,000[181]
Selk'nam genocide[N 32]   Chile, Tierra del Fuego Late 19th century Early 20th century 2,500
The genocide reduced their numbers from around 3,000 to about 500 people. (Now pure Selk'nam are considered extinct.)[184][185]
Genocide of Yazidis by ISIL[N 33]   Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Iraq and Syria 2014 2019 2,100–4,400
Genocide of the Moriori[N 34]   Chatham Islands, New Zealand 1835 1863 1,900
1,900 95% of the Moriori population was eradicated by the invasion from Taranaki, a group of Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama people from the Māori tribe.[193][194] All were enslaved and many were cannibalized.[195] They were not permitted to mix with their race.[196] The Moriori language is now extinct.[190][197] There are no Moriori of unmixed ancestry left.[192]
Black War
(Genocide of Aboriginal Tasmanians)[N 35]
  Van Diemen's Land, Australia Mid 1820s 1832 400


See also

Political extermination campaigns


  1. ^ 'Initially it was carried out in German-occupied Eastern Europe by paramilitary death squads (Einsatzgruppen) by shooting or, less frequently, using ad hoc built gassing vans, and later in extermination camps by gassing.[2]
  2. ^ The Cambodian genocide is the commonly used term for the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot[9] that forced the urban population to relocate savagely to the countryside, among torture, mass executions, forced labor, and starvation.[10][11][12] Up to 20,000 mass graves, the infamous Killing Fields, were uncovered,[13] where at least 1,386,734 murdered victims found their final resting place.[14] The Khmer Rouge Tribunal found that targeting of Vietnamese and Cham minorities constituted a genocide under the UN Convention.[15][16]
  3. ^ The Armenian Genocide,[22][23] carried out by the Young Turks, included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches, and mass starvation. It occurred concurrently with the Assyrian and Greek genocides; some scholars consider these to form a broader genocide targeting all of the Christians in Anatolia.[24][25] Overall, about 2 million Christians were killed in Anatolia between 1894 and 1924, 40 percent of the original population.[26]
  4. ^ Some 50 perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide have been found guilty by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, but most others have not been charged due to lack of witness accounts. Another 120,000 were arrested by Rwanda; of these, 60,000 were tried and convicted in the Gacaca court system. Perpetrators who fled into Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) were used as a justification when Rwanda and Uganda invaded Zaire (First and Second Congo Wars). It is recognized by the international community as a genocide.
  5. ^ For the Greek genocide other sources give 500,000-1,200,000 casualties between Pontic, Cappadocian and Ionians Greeks. The genocide, instigated by the Ottoman government, included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches, summary expulsions, arbitrary executions, and destruction of Greek Orthodox cultural, historical and religious monuments.
  6. ^ Dzungar genocide. The Manchu Qianlong Emperor of Qing China issued his orders for his Manchu Bannermen to carry out the genocide and eradication of the Dzungar nation, ordering the massacre of all the Dzungar men and enslaving Dzungar women and children.[32] The Qianlong Emperor moved the remaining Zunghar people to the mainland and ordered the generals to kill all the men in Barkol or Suzhou, and divided their wives and children to Qing soldiers.[33][34] The Qing soldiers who massacred the Dzungars were Manchu Bannermen and Khalkha Mongols. In an account of the war, Wei Yuan wrote that about 40% of the Dzungar households were killed by smallpox, 20% fled to Russia or the Kazakh Khanate, and 30% were killed by the army, leaving no yurts in an area of several thousands of Chinese miles except those of the surrendered.[35][36][37] Clarke wrote 80%, or between 480,000 and 600,000 people, were killed between 1755 and 1758 in what "amounted to the complete destruction of not only the Zunghar state but of the Zunghars as a people."[35][38] Historian Peter Perdue has shown that the decimation of the Dzungars was the result of an explicit policy of extermination launched by the Qianlong Emperor.[35] Although this "deliberate use of massacre" has been largely ignored by modern scholars,[35] Mark Levene, a historian whose recent research interests focus on genocide, has stated that the extermination of the Dzungars was "arguably the eighteenth century genocide par excellence".[39]
  7. ^ Genocide in Bangladesh. Massacres, killings, rape, arson and systematic elimination of religious minorities (particularly Hindus), political dissidents and the members of the liberation forces of Bangladesh were conducted by the Pakistan Army with support from paramilitary militias—the Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams—formed by the radical Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party.[40] Although Bengali Hindus were specifically targeted, the majority of victims were Muslim.[41]
  8. ^ The Assyrian genocide is commonly known as "Seyfo" (which means sword in Assyrian). It occurred concurrently with the Armenian and Greek genocides.
  9. ^ Genocide by the Ustaše including the Serbian Genocide. German-Italian installed puppet state , the Independent State of Croatia murdered Serbs, Jews, Romani, and anti-Ustashe Croats and Bosniaks inside its borders, many in concentration camps, most notably Jasenovac camp. Ante Pavelić, the leader of the Ustaše, enacted racial laws similar to those of Nazi Germany, declaring Jews, Romani, and Serbs "enemies of the people of Croatia". He escaped to Spain after the war with the assistance of the Roman Catholic Church and fatally injured there some years later in an assassination attempt.[49]
  10. ^ During the First Congo War, troops of the Rwanda-backed Alliance des Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Congo-Zaïre (AFDL) attacked refugee camps in Eastern DRC, home to 527,000 and 718,000 Hutu refugees in South-Kivu and North-Kivu respectively.[53] Elements of the AFDL and, more so, of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) systematically shelled numerous camps and committed massacres with light weapons. These early attacks cost the lives of 6,800-8,000 refugees and forced the repatriation of 500,000 - 700,000 refugees back to Rwanda.[54] As survivors fled westward of the DRC, the AFDL units hunted them down and attacked their makeshift camps, killing thousands more.[55] These attacks and killings continued to intensify as refugees moved westward as far as 1,800 km away. The report of the United Nations Joint Commission reported 134 sites where such atrocities were committed. On 8 July 1997, the acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that "about 200,000 Hutu refugees could well have been massacred".[55]
  11. ^ Porajmos (Romani pronunciation: IPA: [pʰoɽajˈmos]), or Samudaripen ("Mass killing"), the Romani genocide or Romani Holocaust, was the planned and attempted effort by the government of Nazi Germany and its allies to exterminate part of the Romani people of Europe. On 26 November 1935, a supplementary decree to the Nuremberg Laws stripping Jews of their German citizenship expanded the category "enemies of the race-based state" to include Romani, the same category as the Jews, and in some ways they had similar fates.[57][58]
  12. ^ The Polish Operation of the NKVD was a mass murder specifically aimed at the Polish ethnic group in the USSR by the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Historian Michael Ellman asserts that the 'national operations', particularly the 'Polish operation', may constitute genocide as defined by the UN convention.[63] His opinion is shared by Simon Sebag Montefiore, who calls the Polish operation of the NKVD 'a mini-genocide.'[64] Historian Timothy Snyder called the Polish Operation genocidal: "It is hard not to see the Soviet "Polish Operation" of 1937-38 as genocidal, as more than 100,000 innocent people were killed on the spurious grounds that theirs was a disloyal ethnicity and since Stalin spoke of "Polish filth"."[65] Norman Naimark called Stalin's policy towards Poles in the 1930s "genocidal"[66] but did not consider the entire Great Purge genocidal since it targeted political opponents as well.[66] Polish writer and commentator, Dr Tomasz Sommer, also refers to the operation as a genocide.[67][68][69]
  13. ^ Aardakh also known as Operation Lentil (Russian: Чечевица, Chechevitsa; Chechen: Вайнах махкахбахар Vaynax Maxkaxbaxar) was the Soviet expulsion of the whole of the Vainakh (Chechen and Ingush) populations of the North Caucasus to Central Asia during World War II. The expulsion, preceded by the 1940–1944 insurgency in Chechnya, was ordered on 23 February 1944 by NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria after approval by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, as a part of Soviet forced settlement program and population transfer that affected several million members of non-Russian Soviet ethnic minorities between the 1930s and the 1950s.
    The deportation encompassed their entire nations, well over 500,000 people, as well as the complete liquidation of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Hundreds of thousands[73][page needed][74][75][76] of Chechens and Ingushes died or were killed during the round-ups and transportation, and during their early years in exile. The survivors would not return to their native lands until 1957. Many in Chechnya and Ingushetia classify it as an act of genocide, as did the European Parliament in 2004.[77][78]
  14. ^ After Idi Amin Dada overthrow the regime of Milton Obote in 1971, he declared the Acholi and Lango tribes enemies, as Obote was a Lango and he saw the fact that they dominated the army as a threat.[83] In January 1972, Amin issued an order to the Ugandan army ordering that they assemble and kill all Acholi or Lango soldiers, and then commanded that all Acholi and Lango be rounded up and confined within army barracks, where they were either slaughtered by the soldiers or killed when the Ugandan air force bombed the barracks.[83]
  15. ^ The Darfur genocide refer to the war crimes and crimes against humanity such as massacre and genocidal rape that occurred within the Darfur region during the War in Darfur perpetrated by Janjaweed militias and the Sudanese government. These atrocities have been called the first genocide of the 21st century.[84] Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir has been indicted for his role in the genocide by the United Nations.[85]
  16. ^ The East Timor genocide refers to the "pacification campaigns" of state sponsored terror by the Indonesian government during their occupation of East Timor. Oxford University held an academic consensus calling the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor genocide and Yale university teaches it as part of their "Genocide Studies" program.[88][89] Precise estimates of the death toll are difficult to determine. The 2005 report of the UN's Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR) reports an estimated minimum number of conflict-related deaths of 102,800 (+/− 12,000). Of these, the report says that approximately 18,600 (+/− 1,000) were either killed or disappeared, and that approximately 84,000 (+/− 11,000) died from hunger or illness in excess of what would have been expected due to peacetime mortality. These figures represent a minimum conservative estimate that CAVR says is its scientifically-based principal finding. The report did not provide an upper bound, however, CAVR speculated that the total number of deaths due to conflict-related hunger and illness could have been as high as 183,000.[90] The truth commission held Indonesian forces responsible for about 70% of the violent killings.[91]
  17. ^ Burundian genocide. In the long sequence of civil fights that occurred between Tutsi and Hutu since Burundi's independence in 1962, the 1972 mass killings of Hutu by the Tutsi and the 1993 mass killings of Tutsis by the majority-Hutu populace are both described as genocide in the final report of the International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi presented to the United Nations Security Council in 1996.
  18. ^ Effacer le tableau ("erasing the board") is the operational name given to the systematic extermination of the Bambuti pygmies by rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The primary objective of Effacer le tableau was the territorial conquest of the North Kivu province of the DRC and ethnic cleansing of Pygmies from the Congo's eastern region whose population numbered 90,000 by 2004.[97] [98]
  19. ^ Eastern Pygmy population was reduced to 90,000 after a campaign that killed 60,000[99] implying a 40% decline
  20. ^ On 5 December 2012, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, adopted a resolution by the Green party to officially recognize Anfal as genocide. The resolution was passed by all 349 members of parliament.[100][disputed ] On 28 February 2013, the British House of Commons formally recognized the Anfal as genocide following a campaign led by Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who is of Kurdish descent.[101] South Korea recognized the Anfal as genocide on June 13 of 2013.[102]
  21. ^ The Genocide of Isaaqs or "Hargeisa Holocaust"[105][106] was the systematic, state-sponsored massacre of Isaaq civilians between 1988 and 1991 by the Somali Democratic Republic under the dictatorship of Siad Barre.[107] The number of civilian deaths in this massacre is estimated to be between 50,000–100,000 according to various sources,[108][109][110] while local reports estimate the total civilian deaths to be upwards of 200,000 Isaaq civilians.[111] This included the leveling and complete destruction of the second and third largest cities in Somalia, Hargeisa (90 per cent destroyed)[112] and Burao (70 per cent destroyed) respectively,[113] and had caused 400,000[114][115] Somalis (primarily of the Isaaq clan) to flee their land and cross the border to Hartasheikh in Ethiopia as refugees, creating the world's largest refugee camp then (1988),[116] with another 400,000 being internally displaced.[117][118][119] In 2001, the United Nations commissioned an investigation on past human rights violations in Somalia,[107] specifically to find out if "crimes of international jurisdiction (i.e. war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide) had been perpetrated during the country's civil war". The investigation was commissioned jointly by the United Nations Co-ordination Unit (UNCU) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The investigation concluded with a report confirming the crime of genocide to have taken place against the Isaaqs in Somalia.[107]
  22. ^ Massacres of ethnic Croats and Muslims by Serbian Chetniks across large areas of Occupied Yugoslavia (modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Sandžak) during World War II in Yugoslavia. Genocidal characteristics of the massacres can be seen through the Moljević plan ("On Our State and Its Borders") and the 1941 'Instructions' issued by Chetnik leader, Draža Mihailović, concerning the cleansing of non-Serbs on the basis of creating a post-war Greater Serbia.[122][123][124] Death toll by ethnicity is estimated to be between 18,000-32,000 Croats and between 29,000-33,000 Muslims.[125][126][127][128]
  23. ^ Massacres of ethnic Tamils across Sri Lanka, but especially in the North-East of the island, claimed as the Tamil homeland, have occurred repeatedly since 1956. Tens of thousands of Tamils were killed over the years. Tamils have made allegations of genocide since the 80s and in 2015 the Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution on the Tamil Genocide, seeking a UN inquiry. The Canadian Parliament in 2019 also called for an investigation into genocide allegations. Sri Lanka has strongly denied the accusations of genocide.
  24. ^ The deportation of the Crimean Tatars (Crimean Tatar Qırımtatar halqınıñ sürgünligi; Ukrainian Депортація кримських татар; Russian Депортация крымских татар) was the ethnic cleansing of at least 191,044 Crimean Tatars or, according to the other sources, 423,100 of them (89,2 % were women, children and elderly people) in 18–20 May 1944; one of the crimes of the Soviet totalitarian regime. It was carried out by Lavrentiy Beria, head of the Soviet state security and secret police, acting on behalf of Joseph Stalin. Within three days, Beria's NKVD used cattle trains to deport women, children, the elderly, even Communists and members of the Red Army, to the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, several thousand kilometres away. They were one of the ten ethnicities who were encompassed by Stalin's policy of population transfer in the Soviet Union. The deportation is recognized as a genocide by the countries of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, and Canada respectively; as well as various scholars. Professor Lyman H. Legters argued that the Soviet penal system, combined with its resettlement policies, should count as genocidal since the sentences were borne most heavily specifically on certain ethnic groups, and that a relocation of these ethnic groups, whose survivial depends on ties to its particular homeland, "had a genocidal effect remediable only by restoration of the group to its homeland".[132] Soviet dissidents Ilya Gabay[133] and Pyotr Grigorenko[134] both classified the event as a genocide. Historian Timothy Snyder included it in a list of Soviet policies that "meet the standard of genocide."[135]
  25. ^ The Genocide in German South West Africa was the campaign to exterminate the Herero and Nama people that the German Empire undertook in German South-West Africa (modern-day Namibia). It is considered one of the first genocides of the 20th century.
  26. ^ Guatemalan genocide. The government forces of Guatemala and allied paramilitary groups have been condemned by the Historical Clarification Commission for committing genocide against the Maya population[145][146] and for widespread human rights violations against civilians during the civil war fought against various leftist rebel groups. At least an estimated 200,000 persons lost their lives by arbitrary executions, forced disappearances and other human rights violations.[147] A quarter of the direct victims of human rights violations and acts of violence were women.[148]
  27. ^ The California genocide[151][152] refers to the destruction of individual tribes like the Yuki people during the Round Valley Settler Massacres of 1856–1859,[153] general massacres perpetrated by settlers chasing the gold rush against Indians like the Bloody Island Massacre, or Klamath River "War of Extermination"[154] along with the overall decline of the Indian population of California due to disease and starvation exacerbated by the massacres.
  28. ^ Queensland represents the single bloodiest colonial frontier in Australia. Thus the records of Queensland document the most frequent reports of shootings and massacres of indigenous people, the three deadliest massacres on white settlers, the most disreputable frontier police force, and the highest number of white victims to frontier violence on record in any Australian colony.[157] Thus some sources have characterized these events as a Queensland Aboriginal genocide.[158][159][160][161]
  29. ^ The Rohingya genocide[163][164][165][166] against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar (Burma) by the Myanmar military and Buddhist extremists. The violence began on 25 August 2017 and has continued since, reaching its peak during the months of August and September in 2017. The Rohingya people are a largely Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar who have faced widespread persecution and discrimination for several decades. They are denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar nationality law, and are falsely regarded as Bengali immigrants by much of Myanmar's Bamar majority, to the extent that the government refuses to acknowledge the Rohingya's existence as a valid ethnic group.[167] The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is a Rohingya insurgent group that was founded in 2013 to "liberate [the Rohingya] people from dehumanising oppression".[168] On 25 August 2017, ARSA claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on police posts that reportedly killed twelve security forces. Myanmar's military forces immediately launched a series of retaliatory attacks against Rohingya civilians, and were joined by local Buddhist extremists. Together they burnt down hundreds of Rohingya villages, killed thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children, tortured countless others, and sexually assaulted countless Rohingya women and girls. Several Rohingya refugees say they were forced to witness soldiers throwing their babies into burning houses to die in the fire. Numerous Rohingya refugee women and girls have provided accounts of being brutally gang raped. The violence has resulted in a refugee crisis, with an estimated 693,000 Rohingya fleeing to overcrowded refugee camps in the neighboring country of Bangladesh.
  30. ^ The Bosnian genocide comprises localized, in time and place, massacres like in Srebrenica[171] and in Žepa committed by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, as well as the scattered ethnic cleansing campaign throughout areas controlled by the Army of Republika Srpska[172] during the 1992–95 Bosnian War.[173] Srebrenica marked the most recent act of genocide committed in Europe and was the only theater of that war that fulfilled the definition of genocide as set by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). On 31 March 2010, the Serbian Parliament passed a resolution condemning the Srebrenica massacre and apologizing to the families of Srebrenica for the deaths of Bosniaks ("Bosnian Muslims").[174]
  31. ^ The 1804 Haiti massacre is considered to be a genocide by many scholars[179][180], as it was intended to destroy the Franco-Haitian population following the Haitian Revolution. The massacre was ordered by King Jean-Jacques Dessalines to remove the remainder of the white population from Haiti, and lasted from January to 22 April 1804. During the massacre, entire families were tortured and killed, and by the end of it, Haiti's white population was virtually non-existent.
  32. ^ The Selk'nam Genocide was the genocide of the Selk'nam people, indigenous inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego in South America, from the second half of the 19th to the early 20th century. Spanning a period of between ten and fifteen years the Selk'nam, which had an estimated population of some three thousand, saw their numbers reduced to 500.[182]
  33. ^ The Genocide of Yazidis ' by ISIS includes mass killing, rape and enslavement of girls and women, forced abduction, indoctrination and recruitment of Yazidis boys (aged 7 to 15) to be used in armed conflicts, forced conversion to Islam and expulsion from their ancestral land. The United Nations' Commission of Inquiry on Syria officially declared in its report that ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis population.[186] It is difficult to assess a precise figure for the killings[187] but it is known that some thousand of Yazidis men and boys are still unaccounted for and ISIS genocidal actions against Yazidis people are still ongoing, as stated by the International Commission in June 2016.
    See also: 2007 Yazidi communities bombings.
  34. ^ The genocide of the Moriori began in the fall of 1835. The invasions of the Chatham Islands left the Moriori people and their culture to die off. Those who survived were either kept as slaves or eaten and Moriori were not sanctioned to marry other Moriori or have children within their race. This caused their people and their language to be endangered. There were only 101 Moriori people left out of 2000 who had survived in 1863.[190]
  35. ^ The extinction of Aboriginal Tasmanians was called an archetypal case of genocide by Rafael Lemkin[198] (coiner of the word genocide) among other historians, a view supported by more recent genocide scholars like Ben Kiernan who covered it in his book Blood and Soil: A History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur. This extinction also includes the Black War, which would make the war an act of genocide.[199] Historians like Keith Windschuttle among other historians disagree with this interpretation in discourse known as the History wars.


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