The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective

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APPENDIX
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment
of the Crime of Genocide

Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the U.N. General Assembly on December 9, 1948. Entry into force: January 12, 1951.

The Contracting Parties,Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946 that genocide is a crime under international law, contrary to the spirit and aims of the United Nations and condemned by the civilized world,Recognizing that at all periods of history genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity, and

Being convinced that, in order to liberate mankind from such an odious scourge, international co-operation is required, Hereby agree as hereinafter provided:

Article I: The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
a. Killing members of the group;
b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

For a list of parties to the convention, see <http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/treaty1gen.htm>.

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