Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide1 (hereinafter the ‘Genocide Convention’ or ‘the Convention’) contains the definition of genocide and therefore forms the ‘heart’ of the Convention’s regime. The definition is relevant for the application of many provisions of the Convention, such as Articles I, III, IV, V, VI, and VII. In a strict sense, the significance of Article II is confined to define genocide within the meaning of the Convention. In context, however, as defined in Article II, genocide is a crime under...
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