Did the world learn anything? Contemporary genocides

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What lessons can we draw from this catastrophe that happened in the middle of the 20th century? Since 1945 there have been genocides and examples of ethnic cleansing throughout the world. The problem is universal.

The United Nations ‘Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide’ came into effect as a result of the Holocaust. Article 2 states that genocide means “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”.

Acts of genocide include:

  1. Killing members of the group
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group