Resolution on Genocide

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.3


The U. N. Convention defines genocide to mean certain acts (enumerated in Article II) committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such.

“Genocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings.”

WHEREAS, The United Nations has adopted a Convention on Genocide, for the purpose of condemning and outlawing the scourge of mass murder, and

WHEREAS, During the last war certain of the nations were guilty of this inhuman practice, using it both against minorities within their own borders as well as against conquered peoples and prisoners of war, and

WHEREAS, Christian conscience has been outraged by such treatment of human beings, and

WHEREAS, Only six more governments need to ratify this Convention in order to give it legal status, binding on those nations which have, or shall in the future, ratify this Convention, therefore be it

Resolved, That this World Congress of Baptists endorses the principle of the Convention on Genocide, and expresses the hope that it may speedily be ratified by the necessary number of governments and thus become part of the slowly emerging body of international law.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951), p. 340.

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