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What is Genocide?: Home

Raphäel Lamkin coined the phrase "genocide" in 1944. The United Nations' Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines it as "the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group" by engaging in any of the following:

  • 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.

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