I'm trying to figure out how the genocide in Sri Lanka applies to the 8 stages of genocide. My problem is, I can't find any helpful articles about it, and all of the stages according to Sri Lanka...

I'm trying to figure out how the genocide in Sri Lanka applies to the 8 stages of genocide. My problem is, I can't find any helpful articles about it, and all of the stages according to Sri Lanka are out of order. Some of the stages end up missing, too. Can someone help me out? I don't know how to incorporate the three stages at all, and I can't find anything on it. You don't need to give me the 8 stages based on the genocide in Sri Lanka, but perhaps an outline I can base it off of so i can write the rest?

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Hello! You asked how the genocide in Sri Lanka applies to the 8 stages of genocide. The eight stages of genocide according to Genocide Watch are classification (to distinguish between Sinhalese and Tamil), symbolization (name the symbols of this distinction), dehumanization (the Sinhalese Buddhist majority deny the humanity of Tamil peoples), organization (militias organize for the purposes of wholesale killing), polarization (broadcast polarizing propaganda), preparation (victims identified and separated), extermination (killing begins) and denial (deny that any crime has been committed and/or blame the victims).

I have listed two links below: the first is Genocide Watch's eight stages of genocide. The second is a 64 page document about Sri Lanka. I am afraid you are right about the lack of resources regarding the eight stages of genocide relating to Sri Lanka specifically. However, I believe you can read through the document and pick out what you need.

Let me give an example: according to Genocide Watch, Stage 6 is the preparation stage. In this stage, the hated group of citizens may be put into concentration camps, their property confiscated and appropriated, and their families put at risk for starvation. Page 26/27 of the document I listed tells us that the Sinhalese government has been actively displacing the Tamil people from their land, which are now known as military High Security Zones (HSZ), for the purposes of denying land and water resources to the hated group. Page 27 also tells us that the Sinhalese government has been using health care workers to compel Tamil women into accepting Jadelle, a contraceptive implant. This is forced birth control.

Stage 5 is polarization. Page 16 of the document tells us that the Sinhalese government has done this by cutting down the entry of Tamil students into Higher Education in 1971. In 1972, Buddhism is given a foremost place in the Constitution and Sinhalese is designated the official language. This is a deliberate marginalization tactic. Page 19 provides a little more detail about Stage 7 Extermination where No Fire Zones are established for the purposes of large scale assassinations and murder.

This document also has pertinent links supporting many of the facts I state above. The links are usually at the bottom of each page. So, with some reading, you will likely be able to glean what you need to write about the Sri Lankan genocide and how it applies to the 8 Stages of Genocide. I hope this helps you complete your assignment. Thanks for the question!

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