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An act committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.


Art. 2 of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948


  • BG: геноцид
  • CS: genocida
  • DE: Völkermord
  • EL: γενοκτονία
  • EN: genocide
  • ES: genocidio
  • ET: genotsiid
  • FI: kansanmurha / joukkotuhonta
  • FR: génocide
  • GA: cinedhíothú
  • HU: népirtás
  • IT: genocidio
  • LT: genocidas
  • LV: genocīds
  • MT: Ġenoċidju
  • NL: genocide / volkerenmoord
  • PL: ludobójstwo
  • PT: genocídio
  • RO: genocid
  • SK: genocída
  • SL: genocid
  • SV: folkmord
  • NO: folkemord
  • KA: გენოციდი
  • UK: геноцид

Related Term(s)


1. As outlined in the Convention, these acts include:
(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.
2. The definition is also outlined in Art. 6 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.