What makes such an atrocious crime like genocide possible?

What makes such an atrocious crime like genocide possible?

Zekiye Özlem ERSOY YILMAZ

ABSTRACT

In this paper, first of all, genocide as a term will be defined and explained according to different scholars. After that, the path which lead to genocide will be attempted to determine from a variety of perspectives. Additionally, owing to importance of covering human side of the act, the social and psychological conditions of perpetrators will be looked at while trying to answer how ordinary people can convert to executioners. Throughout the essay, it will be argued that conflicts which can lead to atrocity do not just occur because of differences unless there is an important interest to obtain by great powers. In order to support this argument, variety of historical examples of genocide and empirical studies on the issue will be examined. Finally, it will be concluded that in such great crimes like genocide, autocratic states and corrupted state agents that hold power seems to have a part.

Keywords: Genocide, international crimes, state crime, corruption.

What makes such an atrocious crime like genocide possible