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10 Stages of Genocide: Definitions

10 Stages of Genocide: Definitions

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Stage 1: Classification
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Categories that distinguish people into "us and them" by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality
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Stage 2: Symbolization
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Giving names or characteristics that distinguish people by classification
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Stage 3: Discrimination
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A dominant group uses law, custom, and political power to deny the rights of other groups
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Stage 4: Dehumanization
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Members of a group are equated with animals, vermin, insects, or diseases
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Stage 5: Organization
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Plans for mass killing, formally created by the state or in a decentralized manner with terrorist groups
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Stage 6: Polarization
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Extremists drive groups apart and eliminate moderates who may stop the genocide
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Stage 7: Preparation
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Perpetrator leaders build armies, indoctrinate the population with fear of the victim group
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Stage 8: Persecution
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Victims are identified and separated. Death lists are drawn up. Victims are forcibly relocated
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Stage 9: Extermination
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Mass killing (legally called "genocide") begins in a systematic way
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Stage 10: Denial
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Perpetrators try to hide evidence of their crimes and continue to govern until removed by force
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