House Committee Approves Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Act

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Date: 
May 30, 2018

On May 17, 2018 a voice vote in the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (HR 3030), the final text reflecting only technical amendments. The bill now heads to the House floor for approval. On May 29 a group of 59 nonprofit organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, sent a letter to Sen. Bob Corker, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urging swift consideration of the S. 1158, the companion bill in the Senate. In a statement applauding the House committee action, the Friends Committee on National Legislation noted that it ‘Ensures coordination among U.S. government departments to prevent global atrocities from occurring and requires training for Foreign Service Officers to identify early warning signs of genocide. It also requires the president to update Congress on measures to mitigate violence in specific countries, funding related to conflict prevention initiatives, and a global assessment of instability, conflict, and atrocities.” A video of House committee members’ statements in support of the bill shows strong bipartisan support.