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Political Science 4426F/G Lecture Notes - Raul Hilberg, Genocide Convention, Human Rights Watch

Political Science
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Political Science 4426F/G
James S Quinn

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Topic 1: Case Study of a Genocide
This topic asks you to focus on a specific case of genocide. Working
from a particular definition of genocide, you task is to select a
particular genocide/genocidal massacre/ genocidal act/ ethnic
cleansing and to provide an examination of that case. The paper,
however, must not be purely descriptive. Your analysis should include
a brief history of the development of the situation which led to the
acts of genocide, along with attempting to define the type of
genocide which took place, based upon the definitions and reasoning
provided in the course readings and elsewhere, and a look at the socio-
cultural and other factors which were present.
Definition of Genocide
Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention
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
Article 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
Alternative Definitions of Genocide
Lempkin’s Eight Conditions of Genocide
Political, Physical, Biological, Economic, Cultural, Religious, Moral,
Notes from Genocide in Iraq: The Anfal Campaign Against the
Kurds- Middle East Watch: A division of Human Rights Watch
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