Modern History Sourcebook:
UN Resolution 260, 1948 - On Genocide
U.N.T.S. No. 1021, vol. 78 (1951), p. 277
CONVENTION ON THE
PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF
THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE
Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General
Assembly on 9 December 1948.
The Contracting Parties,
Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly
of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December
1946 that genocide is a crime under international law, contrary
to the spirit and aims of the United Nations and condemned by
the civilized world;
Recognizing that at all periods of history genocide has inflicted
great losses on humanity; and
Being convinced that, in order to liberate mankind from such an
odious scourge, international co-operation is required;
Hereby agree as hereinafter provided.
Article 1. The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether
committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under
international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.
Art. 2. In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following
acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a
national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated
to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Art. 3. The following acts shall be punishable:
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
Art. 4. Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated
in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally
responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.
Art. 5. The Contracting Parties undertake to enact, in accordance
with their respective Constitutions, the necessary legislation
to give effect to the provisions of the present Convention and,
in particular, to provide effective penalties for persons guilty
of genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3.
Art. 6. Persons charged with genocide or any of the other acts
enumerated in Article 3 shall be tried by a competent tribunal
of the State in the territory of which the act was committed,
or by such international penal tribunal as may have jurisdiction
with respect to those Contracting Parties which shall have accepted
Art. 7. Genocide and the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall
not be considered as political crimes for the purpose of extradition.
The Contracting Parties pledge themselves in such cases to grant
extradition in accordance with their laws and treaties in force.
Art. 8. Any Contracting Party may call upon the competent organs
of the United Nations to take such action under the Charter of
the United Nations.
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