What is Xenocide?

A very important part of our approach is to offer a modern framework where crimes committed by Communist regimes, as well as other such crimes that fall outside the UN definition of “genocide”, are given their rightful place in world understanding of human barbarity. Therefore, we have invented a new term, “xenocide”, which generally we present as follows: 

“Xenocide” is a term we coined from combining “xenophobia” and “genocide”. It refers to the “killing of the other”. It covers the most heinous acts of humans singling out groups and trying to destroy them. Generally speaking, it includes any crime that previously could be termed a genocide, but adds crimes of similar magnitude committed for ideological, political, or social reasons, or those (more modern) crimes against groups, due to rivalry for scarce resources. We feel we are offering a new term for a new generation, thereby re-energizing the desire to learn about the past, as a pathway to building a more hopeful future.

We have also formulated a preliminary definition, which will be revised after review by scholars:

Xenocide is “the deliberate mass destruction of one group of people by another group or by a regime, with the intent to eliminate a large part of the targeted group due to its ethnicity, religion, race, political belief, social identification or cultural heritage, or due to rivalry over scarce resources.”

Over time, we hope that this broader term will become part of a universal lexicon in the discourse on severe human rights violations.

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