Genocide Convention

Genocide Convention

Genocide ConventionOn this day in 1948, The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide began in Paris. The convention which occurred at the end of World War II set out to define genocide in legal terms in order to prevent another from happening. The United Nations adopted the convention in 1951 and since 143 countries have ratified the agreement. Unfortunately, it has not been successful in preventing the many genocides that have happened since.