United to End Genocide welcomes the introduction of the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. This bold new bipartisan effort, led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 13 other Senators calls for enhanced U.S. attention and tools to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
At a time of unprecedented levels of refugees (over 60 million) and ongoing atrocities in places like Burma, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, this is much-needed action.
The GAP Act will take the following important steps:
- Authorize the Atrocities Prevention Board to ensure high-level attention across the U.S. government to places at risk of genocide and mass atrocities.
- Authorize Complex Crises Fund to allow for flexible funding to act early to prevent conflict when warning signs are first seen.
- Train Foreign Service officers at the State Department and USAID to better identify early warning signs of atrocities and to and utilize tools for preventing conflict.
- Require reporting by the Director of National Intelligence on the countries at greatest risk of atrocities in their annual report to Congress.
The GAP Act builds on recent successes and a long history of bipartisan efforts to improve U.S. capabilities to prevent genocide. Every President since Ronald Reagan pushed to ratify the Genocide Convention has spoken about the importance of preventing genocide and mass atrocities.
The Atrocities Prevention Board set up in 2010 has been credited with allowing earlier high-level attention and better resources for dealing with the threats of violence in Burundi and Central African Republic. The Complex Crises Fund has allowed for programs building resilience in at risk places like Guinea and Jordan.
United to End Genocide is proud to join with 25 other organizations in supporting this bipartisan move. We look forward to seeing the number of individuals, organizations, and Senators supporting this action grow. It is certainly one bill that everyone can get behind.
Support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
The violence today in Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Burma and elsewhere is a daily reminder of the consequences when we fail to prevent atrocities.
We lament the millions of deaths, point fingers at those who stood by and pour out billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. It is always too little, too late. But it doesn’t have to be like this.
The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act is a bipartisan effort to enhance the ability of the U.S. to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The Act will help identify early warning signs of genocide, fund early warning programs, and increase the odds that when people are at risk of mass atrocities our leaders will know and be ready to respond.
Send a message to your Senator: Support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act