September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Definition of Genocide

Country: Sudan
Delegate Name: Rishika Kokkula

According to the United Nations Genocide Convention, there must be a proven intent to destroy a national, ethnic, or religious group in order for a crime to be classified as genocide. This definiton, adopted in 1948, is a culmination of compromises made during the convention and requires all states which have adopted it to uphold its meaning. Due to an overwhelming history of violence that encapsulates many countries around the world, it is imperative that the United Nations works to establish proper legal definitions of such atrocities in order to address them more effectively.

Even after ratifying the Genocide Convention and creating a formal definition of genocide, its meaning still remains ambiguous and, in some cases, difficult to prove as intent can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Being a country that has and continues to experience the dangers of violence and genocide, Sudan recognizes the importance of working within the United Nations to create a more clear definition of genocide in order to ensure that it is upheld by the law and that it is preventable to begin with.

For decades, Sudan has endured violence within their own borders as well as civil and political unrest. Because the citizens of Sudan have experienced mass bloodshed and loss due to genocide and violence, Sudan urges the United Nations to establish a looser definition of genocide, making it easier to prosecute and protecting the lives of innocent citizens. We encourage the cooperation and collaboration of countries within the United Nations to re-evaluate the implications of the Genocide Convention and work to develop a definition of genocide that ensures the prevention of atrocious acts and the prosecution of appropriate criminals.

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