Human Groups and Genocide

Dr. David Nersessian

in Genocide and Political Groups

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588909
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594557 | DOI:
Human Groups and Genocide

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This chapter analyses whether political groups merit equal treatment to the four groups enumerated in the Genocide Convention. It first discusses what human ‘groups’ really are and the inherent difficulties of defining them for legal and social purposes. It details the linkages and interactions between international law and broader understandings of human groups as social collectives. It then proposes a new theoretical understanding of genocide as a rights-based offence. This theory links the legal protection of groups to certain individual rights of a collective nature that give rise to the group's existence in this context. This sets the stage for the subsequent analysis demonstrating that political collectives have many similar characteristics to the existing four groups, such that they likewise deserve specific protection from physical and biological destruction ‘as such’ through a separate crime of political genocide.

Keywords: political genocide; political groups; rights based approach; group theory; genocide; group rights; human rights; international criminal law; international crimes

Chapter.  22208 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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