Senate Ratifies Genocide Convention

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Saturday, February 1, 1986
Author: 
Jay Rosenthal
Volume: 
2
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 
On February 19, 1986, the Senate voted 83 to 11 to give its advice and consent to the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, unofficially called The Genocide Convention.  For 37 years the Senate had continually refused its advice and consent on the questionable ground that the treaty was unconstitutional and that it represented a loss of sovereignty for the United States and a political windfall for the Soviet Union.