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From The Sixth Committee To The Genocide Convention

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This chapter contains summary records of General Assembly's meetings from 21 September to 10 December 1948. The Assembly resolution 180(II) of 21 November 1947 requested the Economic and Social Council to draw up a convention, taking into account the fact that the International Law Commission had been charged with the formulation of the Nürnberg principles as well as with the preparation of a draft code bearing on offences against peace and security. In its resolution 96(I) of 11 December 1946, the General Assembly had solemnly affirmed that genocide was a crime against human rights. In the hundred and seventy-eighth plenary meeting, Mr. Spiropoulos, the Rapporteur read the three draft resolutions A, B and C relating to genocide, which had been adopted by the Sixth Committee. The first concerned the adoption of the Convention on genocide; it defined the crime of genocide and set forth measures for its prevention and punishment.

Keywords: Economic and Social Council; general assembly's sixth committee; genocide convention; human rights; International Law Commission; Jean Spiropoulos; Nürnberg principle



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