Two years ago this month, Elie Wiesel - the Holocaust survivor who went on to become an author and advocate - passed away. Now, The Algemeiner reports that the U.S. House of Representatives has honored Wiesel by passing a Genocide Prevention Act:
The US House of Representatives passed on Tuesday the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018.
The legislation, according to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is meant to honor the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor’s legacy by “strengthening the US government’s coordination on efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities — thereby furthering US commitments to his call for ‘Never Again.’”
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said:
Over sixty years have passed since free people around the world pledged to never again stand by in silence as an oppressed people are annihilated. Unfortunately, since then, we have witnessed mass atrocities and genocide in places such as Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Burma and in ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
The United States has often been a leader in responding to these and other humanitarian crises. However, there is more that can be done...