Construction of negative stereotypes and group hostility are among the factors that may provide a basis for mass atrocities and other human rights violations. Images of “the others” as less human, less valuable, often is a part of construction of stereotypes before atrocities are committed. Often such dehumanization and group hostility refers to ethnic or religious identity and hence provide a basis for discrimination of persons on the basis of such belonging, and even to persecution or genocide.
“Root causes of violations must be addressed,” says Miriam Puttick at Minority Rights Group Intl.
Mass atrocities are however committed in social and geo-political contexts, where such group identities are misused to create conflicts and violence.
Here are a few selected recent reports and films addressing issues related to the Yazidi case. In the case and topic sections you will find links to other relevant external resources.