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Volume 30 • Number 4

October 2016



 

 

Genocide as an Intergenerational Wrongs


by Janna Thompson


There are two views about genocide that most people share. The first is that genocide is an evil that stands out from other wrongs. The human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson describes it as the worst of the crimes against humanity. The second is that genocide is a distinctive wrong—different from mass murder or persecution. The international lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term and sought to introduce the crime of genocide into international law because he believed that there was a need to recognize a new category of wrongdoing: an attack aimed at the destruction of a group. The resulting UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as "acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."


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