Preventing Mass Atrocities and Serious Human Rights Violations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 5, 2011
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a press statement on Preventing Mass Atrocities and Serious Human Rights Violations on August 4, 2011. Secretary Clinton said:

"Preventing mass atrocities and serious human rights violations is both a powerful moral imperative and a compelling strategic interest for the United States. The new interagency Atrocities Prevention Board announced by President Obama today will develop cross-cutting strategies to prevent atrocities and ensure that senior officials throughout our government are warned about emerging threats. And for the first time, we will explicitly bar persons identified as organizing or participating in war crimes, crimes against humanity, and certain serious violations of human rights from entering the United States.

"These steps, accompanied by a thorough interagency review of our practices and capabilities, will improve our ability to prevent and respond to future mass atrocities and human rights violations. They will help us put our principles into practice and protect more people in more places."

You can read a transcript of the statement here.



Antonius L.
August 8, 2011

Antonius in Canada writes:

I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen (Corazon Aquino)

Noel H.
New York, USA
August 8, 2011

Noel in New York writes:

Build a United Nations MILITARY all working on the same page to prevent atrocities of all kinds all over the World. United Nations MILITARY is necessary!! Bring in the Troops to destroy criminal dictators, evil armies, serial killers, hate crimes for the protection of Civil Rights.

Saihou M.
United States
August 8, 2011

Saihou in the U.S.A. writes:

Well i am a regular visitor of the page and do share with my friends and they like how things are posted.

August 8, 2011

Kamran in Pakistan writes:

i want to join this with help

New Mexico, USA
August 9, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

This Atrocities Prevention Board should probably be called the "Regime Replacement Therapy - Advisory Committee" as I think your focus is probably too narrowly defined to help if there isn't a preventive maintenance program included in the review process.

Does this include barring leaders of state sponsors of terror from attending the 2011 UNGA by denying visa for Amadinijad, Bashir, Ghaddafi, Assad and their ilk?

If not, I'm afraid there's a loophole folks could drive a truck-bomb through in this initiative.

Host nation agreements with the UN can't be the exception to the rule if this is going to have any chance of making a dent in the ongoing atrocities folks seek to prevent.

Unless you plan to issue visa and arrest them and then send them all to the Hague.

Now there's a thought.



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