Should the Genocide Convention be expanded?

Although the definition of genocide has more or less remained the same since creation of the Genocide Convention, argument has persisted over the groups that should be included within the scope of genocide and how genocide should be defined. This essay assesses the arguments for an expansion of the Genocide Convention.

The Genocide Convention should not be expanded to include other groups. The expansion of the Convention would not see it strengthened, but rather weakened by a watering down of the term.

While it is of course important to hold individuals to account for other horrific acts, such as the Cambodian atrocities, there is no need to expand the Convention in order to use such a law to cover these events. There are many other significant international mechanisms in place, such as humanitarian law and human rights law, in order to successful prosecute those responsible for these horrendous acts. The limitations of the Genocide Convention should not be a reason to ignore other atrocities.

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