Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

12 Jul 2018 9:44

The United States (U.S.) House of Representatives and the Senate are considering bills (H.R.3030 and S.1158 respectively) which would bolster U.S. efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to atrocities around the world.

Known as the Elie Wiesel Act, named after Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, the bill would require the training of Foreign Service Officers to recognize early warning signs of atrocities and to be aware of mitigating tools. It would further require the Director of National Intelligence to submit an annual report to Congress, including a review of countries most at risk of atrocities.

The House bill passed the Foreign Affairs Committee in May this year, while the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee passed its bill in June. Some observers are hopeful that the House of Representatives will consider the bill this month.

UPDATE FROM 17 JULY: The bill has passed the House of Representatives with 406 votes in favour and only 5 against.