FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Following President Obama’s rollout of the Atrocities Prevention Board on Monday, the Enough Project released this statement:
This is a positive step that harnesses the broad resources of the government to make the phrase ‘never again’ more than a slogan. It recognizes that addressing mass atrocities such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity requires the attention of all of the relevant parts of the U.S. government as well as multilateral action. The centerpiece, the Atrocities Prevention Board, will bring together senior officials from across the government – with expertise in diplomacy, humanitarian affairs, national security, intelligence, and economics – on at least a monthly basis and make them accountable for their actions. The Board must be empowered to fulfill the important task set out for it and it will ultimately be judged by its performance in effectively addressing mass atrocities. The Enough Project will work with the Board and other parts of the Administration, as well as Congress, to support U.S. efforts to protect civilians from mass atrocities and to hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable.