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President Obama Announces Creation of Atrocities Prevention Board
Human Rights First
23 April 2012
(…) Human Rights First has long advocated for an all-of-government approach to better detect and respond appropriately to emerging threats, before they result in mass atrocities. The organization has championed the use of financial levers, a mechanism that will be used by the Board to allow the Treasury Department to more quickly use financial tools to block the flow of money to repressive regimes. The presidential study identified a broad scope of tools and resources that the U.S. government can deploy for this important mission. By the creation of the APB, the administration will continue to develop a comprehensive strategy that identifies and pressures not only the direct perpetrators of mass atrocities, but also third-party enablers – individuals, companies, and countries that provide the material and technical means on which perpetrators rely to carry out attacks on civilians.
 “The promises of ‘never again’ have rung hollow again and again.  Today’s announcement is a critical step in turning those promises into preventive action,” said Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino. (…)

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