• V Holovchenko Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.


The article spotlights genesis and essence of genocide concept, nature of contemporary genocide tragedies based on historical and philosophical, chronological and comparative analysis methods, and founds theirs compliance with international legal definition of genocide’s term in the context of not avoiding criminal responsibility for crimes against humanity. It was affirmed that even for the unsteady post-bipolar era roots of tragedies of genocide remains an idea of the nature or historically formed social inequality of ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, linguistic, territorial, social class and other groups and communities, and the desire to increase vital natural or a public resource of one community (group) at the expense of another. It is recognized that term “genocide” is not immediately received wide recognition and was initially not quite identical to the concept of “crimes against humanity”. Generally speaking, lawyers and politicians for some time came out that genocide – only one of the possible crimes against humanity. Therefore, the tragedy of the Armenian people 1915-16 still classified in the world as a crime against humanity. Genocide always aims at complete or partial destruction of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

Author Biography

V Holovchenko, Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Doctor of Science (Politics), Professor, Professor of the Department of International Organizations and Diplomatic Service


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