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International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

Event

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims  of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
Title:
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
When:
Sun, 9. December 2018
Category:
International Days, Years etc

Description

UN photo: Bosnia Herzegovina  a muslim grieves for lost relatives, 1994

UN photo: Bosnia Herzegovina a muslim grieves for lost relatives, 1994

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

In adopting the resolution, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it.

The Genocide Convention: A Call for Action

The Genocide Convention (article 2) 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 … ", including:

  • 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;
  • Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

 

Contact

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