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Explainer: What is the Genocide Convention? [Video]

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Filed with the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), a UN court, on 29 December, South Africa’s case stated that Israel, particularly since 7 October, “has failed to prevent genocide and has failed to prosecute direct and overt incitement to genocide”.

So, what is the Genocide Convention?

The basics

The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is the first human rights treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly. It came on the heels of the Second World War following the Holocaust, during which Nazi Germany systematically killed more than six million Jewish people.

Known as the Genocide Convention, it indicates the international community’s commitment that the atrocities of genocide never be repeated. However, other cases have emerged, including in Rwanda in 1994 and in Srebrenica in 1995.

Consisting of 19 articles, the instrument provides the first international legal definition of the term “genocide”. It also stipulates the duty of the 153 States …

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