On 9 December 2015 International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime was observed globally.
- 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”).
- In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 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 resolution was initiated by Armenia.
Purpose – To raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide and to commemorate and honour its victims
What is Genocide?
Genocide is deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.
- It is defined by the UN as a crime that is committed against members of a national, ethnic or religious group solely because they are members of that group. Genocide also entails there being intent to exterminate a particular group.
The resolution was adopted without a vote in the 193-member Assembly and it reiterates the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide through appropriate and necessary means.