"Theo Sitther, Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, told ThinkProgress he was worried about the impact this 'heavily militarized' budget would have on conflict resolution."
"According to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, prioritizing development would be 60 times less expensive than military intervention and the subsequent assistance required for helping nations rebuild in the aftermath."
Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As Syria demonstrates, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant consequences, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.
Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and their colleagues, and Representatives Ann Wagner, Joe Crowley, and their colleagues have introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act in the Senate and House of Representatives (S.1158, H.R.3030, respectively). The bills:
Quaker Lobby Welcomes Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
Washington, D.C. – Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), today introduced the bipartisan Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes this important legislation.
On May 5, Congress passed the FY 2017 spending bill funding the government through September. Despite President Trump’s request to cut funding for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency of International Development by nearly 30%, Congress fully funded peacebuilding accounts. Below are three victories for peacebuilding within the 2017 spending bill.
A group of NGOs write to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to convey their concerns regarding reports that the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to sell A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, with mounted machine guns and related parts and logistical support to the government of Nigeria.
According to David Bucura, coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative, "Kenya is in tension and is hot in some places now. There is big tension before the elections.” AGLI is a project of the Friends Peace Teams which supports peace activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
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