Bipartisan Atrocity and Genocide Bill Introduced in House, Companion to Senate Effort

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June 28, 2017

A bipartisan group of 28 members of the House of Representatives joined Senate colleagues in supporting efforts to end genocide and mass atrocities by filing the Elie Wiesel Atrocities and Genocide Prevent Act  of 2017 (HR 3030) on June 22, 2107. The bill is an important step toward practical and effective approaches to preventing and ending violence and armed conflict that is fueling suffering by millions of people around the world. House bill text   The press release from lead sponsors Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), says the bill, “with its “companion legislation to S. 1158, would establish an interagency Mass Atrocities Task Force to strengthen the U.S. Government’s atrocity prevention and response efforts. The legislation encourages the Director of National Intelligence to include atrocity crime information in his or her annual report to Congress; authorizes training for U.S. Foreign Service Officers on early signs of atrocities and transitional justice measures; and authorizes the Complex Crises Fund to support programs to prevent emerging or unforeseen crises overseas."

A summary of the bills from the Friends Committee on National Legislation is here and Five Reasons to Support it are here. Over 60 organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, have signed a statement supporting the bill.