WASHINGTON D.C. — The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 strives to combat war crimes and other illegal violence by enabling the United States to effectively mitigate and respond to crises around the globe. Throughout this year alone, there has been genocide in Syria as well as the Lake Chad region. H.R 3030 continues a long tradition of the U.S government trying to stop mass atrocities around the world.
Elie Wiesel was a writer and political activist who had suffered in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. With 35 cosponsors, H.R 3030 takes his name because of his commitment to stopping future acts of genocide.
This bill targets large scale deliberate acts of violence including ethnic cleansing. Allowing conflicts to occur around the globe is a detriment to National and International security.
The United States was the first county to sign the bill at the convention for the prevention and punishment of genocide on Dec 9,1948 in Paris. Later, Ronald Reagan solidified that commitment by allowing the U.S to become a party to the convention on November 25, 1988.
In Syria this last year, President Bashar al- Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people. Barrel bombs and other explosives have also been utilized in an attempt to regain control of the country.
Around the Lake Chad region, Boko Haram caused widespread famine as a result of their scorched earth policy and looting. They have brought unnecessary violence to a region that already suffered from diseases such as HIV.
H.R 3030 would instruct the President to allow the Secretary of State to create a mass atrocities and genocide task force. This would allow the Department of State to specifically target acts of violence more effectively while allowing for transparency between different agencies.
The task force would monitor situations of illegal violence around the Globe and then mitigate threats by working closely with other departments as well as non-governmental peacekeeping agencies. Also intelligence would be gathered on each specific threat so as to address every act of violence and genocide.
H.R 3030 makes the prevention of mass atrocities a centerpiece of U.S policy by allowing for a specific group to carry out and utilize the tools of mitigation. This bill specifically targets war crimes and other forms of genocide by allowing for more transparency within the government in regards to global violence.
– Nick Katsos