During the Armenian Genocide which occurred in the Ottoman Empire , led at the time by the Young Turks , the Turkish armed forces, militias, and members of the public engaged in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape against female Armenians and children of both sexes. Before the genocide had begun one method used to intimidate the Armenian population was sexual humiliation. Heinrich Bergfeld , the German Consul to Trabzon reported "the numerous rapes of women and girls," which crime he regarded as being part of a plan for "the virtually complete extermination of the Armenians. In the years between and the Patriarch of Armenia submitted letters to the Sublime Porte asking for help to protect the Armenians from the violent abuse and social and political injustice they were subjected to. He requested the people be protected from "brigandage, murder, abduction and rape of women and children, confiscatory taxes, and fraud and extortion by local officials. Within the legal system the Armenian communities had their own prisons and court systems, and were able to hold civil cases for issues between Christians and Muslims. Within the Islamic judicial system the Armenians had no recourse, a Muslim was allowed to request a hearing before a religious court, in which testimony from non-Muslims would be disallowed or given little value.
By Tim Macfarlan For Mailonline. This is a shocking collection of harrowing photographs of the death and destruction visited on Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago that were taken by an American and a colleague who risked imprisonment to smuggle them out and show the world the full horror of what happened. John Elder and Armin T. As Armenians mark years since the atrocities, many Western countries still do not use that word, and US president Barack Obama is once again unlikely to do so in his upcoming statement marking the anniversary despite pledging he would during his election campaign.
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Brutality and Desire pp Cite as. The above quote, taken from a letter written 6 August by F. Jackson in Aleppo, encapsulates much of what was the Armenian genocide — the killing of 1—1.
The Armenian genocide was the systematic killing and deportation of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. In , during World War I , leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians. By the early s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, between , and 1. Today, most historians call this event a genocide: a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government still does not acknowledge the scope of these events. The Armenian people have made their home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia for some 3, years.