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Genocide Studies

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect defines genocide as follows:

"[G]enocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

  • Killing members of the group;
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  • Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
  • Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."


The resources below discuss genocide as a broad concept. For specific genocides, use the Search the Library link below or see our Armenian Genocide, Genocide of Indigenous Peoples, or Rwandan Genocide Research Guides.