Section 268.5 Criminal Code Act | Genocide by Inflicting Destructive Life Conditions


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Section 268.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Genocide by Inflicting Destructive Life Conditions and is extracted below.

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268.5  Genocide by deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction

(1)  A person (the perpetrator) commits an offence if:

(a)  the perpetrator inflicts certain conditions of life upon one or more persons; and

(b)  the person or persons belong to a particular national, ethnical, racial or religious group; and

(c)  the perpetrator intends to destroy, in whole or in part, that national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such; and

(d)  the conditions of life are intended to bring about the physical destruction of that group, in whole or in part.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for life.

(2)  In subsection (1):

conditions of life includes, but is not restricted to, intentional deprivation of resources indispensable for survival, such as deprivation of food or medical services, or systematic expulsion from homes.