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UN Resolution – 9 December as International Genocide Commemoration Day

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The United Nations, on the Prevention of Genocide has welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly proclaiming 9 December as the International Genocide Commemoration Day.

EntitleInternational Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of This Crime

What is Genocide?

–        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 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted on December 9, 1948. The International Day is intended to commemorate and honour the victims of the crime of genocide around the world, and to raise awareness of the Convention and its role in protecting populations from future genocides.

The UN General Assembly, at the 103rd plenary meeting of its 69th session, adopted by consensus a resolution, initiated by Armenia.

India backed this UN resolution establishing an international day to commemorate the victims of genocide, as it called for making the United Nation’s human rights body more responsive in warning about possible situations of such killings.