Deniers of genocide have always tried to obfuscate the meaning of the word to suit their own particular agendas. In Burma it is no different, as the military and government are adamant in their refusal to accept what numerous independent investigators, institutions and organizations have concluded is nothing less than a “textbook case of genocide.”
What is Genocide?
Genocide as defined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:
“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 tomembers 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; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” (International Legal Definition)
18 U.S. Code § 1091 – Genocide
a) Basic Offense.—Whoever, whether in time of peace or in time of war and with the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in substantial part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group as such—(1) kills members of that group;(2) causes serious bodily injury to members of that group;(3) causes the permanent impairment of the mental faculties of members of the group through drugs, torture, or similar techniques;(4) subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part;(5) imposes measures intended to prevent births within the group; or(6) transfers by force children of the group to another group;shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
(b) Punishment for Basic Offense.—The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) is—(1) in the case of an offense under subsection (a)(1), where death results, by death or imprisonment for life and a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both; and(2) a fine of not more than $1,000,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both, in any other case. (U.S. Code)