Failure to prevent mass killings of innocent civilians is an ever present stain on our collective conscience. Too often competing interests of national security or geopolitics take precedence over human life and our responsibility to prevent is too often sidelined.
A few years ago, I traveled to Guatemala where I visited the community of Panabaj, a small Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. I was working for a humanitarian NGO that was carrying out a relief project in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan.
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. I have worked – along with dozens of colleagues – on the prevention of mass atrocities for a decade now. This April seems a bit different to me than previous years.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting assurances that the Leahy law restrictions on assistance to foreign security forces are being applied to Israel and Egypt.
Groups Declare Prevention Saves Lives, Protects U.S. Security
Sixty organizations called on the Senate today to pass the bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act as a step toward saving lives, protecting United States security and developing long-term solutions to violent conflicts.
In support of the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, S.2551, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and their colleagues, signed from human rights, humanitarian, faith, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations.
Thanks Leadership of Senators Cardin, Tillis and Others
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes introduction of legislation that would focus the U.S. government at the highest levels on effective early prevention of violent conflict as an alternative to the often ineffective late military intervention that has become a hallmark of U.S. policy.
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