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Convention on the Prevention and

Punishment of 

"THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE"

How is "Genocide" defined?

“Genocide is the deliberate destruction of a

human group and that this strict definition

must be rigidly adhered to.”  

Scroll further down for quote references . . .

Who is Raphael Lemkin?

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Raphael Lemkin; 24 June 1900 – 28 August 1959) was a Polish lawyer

of Jewish descent who is known for coining the term genocide and campaigning to establish the Genocide Convention

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Learn more about the Life and Historic Contribution of Rafael Lemkin at: 

CNN Christiane Amanpour: Genocide

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Important quote references . . .

LAWRENCE J. LEBLANC, THE UNITED STATES AND THE GENOCIDE CONVENTION 19 (1991); see also William A. Schabas, Origins of the Genocide Convention: From Nuremberg to Paris, 40 CASE W. RES. J. INT’L L. 35, 35 (2007) (describing, anecdotally, how displeasure with the Nuremberg Court’s not going “far enough in dealing with genocidal actions” helped garner support for the Genocide Convention); Matthew Lippman, The Drafting of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 3 B.U. INT’L L.J. 1, 10– 11 (1985) (detailing that, in drafting the Genocide Convention, the Secretariat “took the position that genocide is the deliberate destruction of a human group and that this strict definition must be rigidly adhered to,”  . . .

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The intent standard here is thus specifically identified as that of "purpose." In its commentary to the draft, the Secretariat emphasized that genocide is the deliberate destruction of a human group and that this strict definition "must be rigidly adhered to; otherwise there is a danger of the idea of genocide being expanded indefinitely . . . ."

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The drafters of the Genocide Convention took great care to limit the scope of the definition of genocide. The convention arose in response to the Nazi atrocities of World War II and their prosecution, and was explicitly designed to capture the uniqueness of those particular crimes. The drafters were concerned in part that an overly expansive definition would dilute the effectiveness of the convention and might lead to governments abstaining from joining the convention. In the Study on the Draft Convention, the drafters comment: Genocide is the deliberate destruction of a human group. This literal definition must be rigidly adhered to; otherwise there is a danger of the idea of genocide being expanded indefinitely to include the law of war, the right of people's to self-definition, the protection of minorities, the respect of human rights, etc.

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The UN General Assembly in 1948 - where the Genocide Convention was approved on

December 9, and the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

0n December 10.

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Human Rights

 

U.S. First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt

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The "Crime of Genocide" and widespread

"Violations of Human Rights" are not

new phenomena of injustices

perpetrated against "human beings."  The 

"Crime of Genocide" is as old as the history

of mankind's inhumane, slaughterous

brutalities and continuous violence

against the whole of 

Humanity throughout the vastness

of Human habitations Around the World.

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Although the United Nations Genocide Convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with

intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,

ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

killing members of the group; causing

serious bodily or mental harm to

members of the group; deliberately

inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated

to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in

part; imposing measures intended to prevent births

within the group; [and] forcibly transferring

children of the group to another group" . . .

In its strictest definition, “GENOCIDE” is

“The deliberate destruction of a human group”. . .

Specifically, the deliberate destruction of

“Human Beings.”

“The deliberate destruction of "human beings"

is also the deliberate destruction of

“Existing Humanity.”

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"THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE"

IS A HENIOUS, HORRIFIC

"CRIME AGAINST HUAMNITY!"

Learn more about

The History and Horrors of

 "Genocide"

Stories from the UN Archive: The man who defined genocide

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Courtesy, United Nations - National Archives in Krakow: A German policeman checks the identification papers of Jewish people in the Krakow ghetto. Poland. Circa 1941.

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