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Part I Introduction, 2 The Obligations to Prevent and to Punish Genocide

Orna Ben-Naftali

From: The UN Genocide Convention: A Commentary

Edited By: Paola Gaeta

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

Subject(s):
Crimes against humanity — War crimes
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (‘Genocide Convention’ or ‘Convention’), as stated in its Preamble, rests on the recognition that ‘at all periods of history genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity’.1 This recognition provided the rationale for its objective: ‘to liberate mankind from such an odious scourge’.2 ‘[I]nternational cooperation’ has been conceived as the sine qua non condition for achieving this objective.3 Such cooperation was to follow two separate, albeit related, paths: ex ante prevention and ex post...
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