“Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.” ~ Raphael Lemkincoined the term “genocide” and was principal architect of the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Genocide involves the attempt to achieve the disappearance of a group by whatever means. It does not have to be violent, it could be a combination of policies that would lead to a certain group dying out. ~ Prime Minister of Australia 1975-1983 – Malcolm Fraser. “One Nation, One Notion”, The Age, 8 July 1997, p. A13.