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Criminal Code

Version of section 318 from 2004-04-29 to 2015-03-08:

Marginal note:Advocating genocide

  •  (1) Every one who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

  • Marginal note:Definition of “genocide”

    (2) In this section, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely,

    • (a) killing members of the group; or

    • (b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.

  • Marginal note:Consent

    (3) No proceeding for an offence under this section shall be instituted without the consent of the Attorney General.

  • Definition of identifiable group

    (4) In this section, identifiable group means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 318
  • 2004, c. 14, s. 1

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