Genocide Act


Published: 1969-12-19

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Genocide Act
GENOCIDE [CH.85 – 1



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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

GENOCIDE
CHAPTER 85

GENOCIDE

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Genocide.

SCHEDULE — Article II of the Genocide Convention.


GENOCIDE [CH.85 – 3



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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

CHAPTER 85

GENOCIDE
An Act to create the offence of genocide.

[Commencement 19th December, 1969]
1. This Act may be cited as the Genocide Act.
2. In this Act “The Genocide Convention” means

the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the
Crime of Genocide approved by the General Assembly of
the United Nations on 9th December 1948.

3. (1) A person commits an offence of genocide if
he commits any act falling within the definition of
“genocide” in Article II of the Genocide Convention as set
out in the Schedule.

(2) A person guilty of an offence of genocide shall
on conviction on information —

(a) if the offence consists of the killing of any
person, be sentenced to death;

(b) in any other case, be liable to imprisonment for a
term not exceeding fourteen years.

(3) Proceedings for an offence of genocide shall not
be instituted except by or with the consent of the Attorney-
General.

SCHEDULE (Section 3)

ARTICLE II OF THE GENOCIDE CONVENTION
In the present Convention, genocide 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 —
(a) killing members of the group;
(b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the

group;
(c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated

to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

29 of 1969

Short title.

Interpretation.

Genocide.

Schedule.