Oxfam Congratulates Obama Administration on Establishment of Atrocities Prevention Board
23 April 2012
President Obama’s announcement on Monday of the new interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) represents a significant step forward in enhancing the US government’s capacity to prevent and respond to the world’s worst crimes, Oxfam America said today.
To date, a failure of coordination between agencies, poor foresight and an emphasis on large-footprint military options have handicapped the US government’s ability to appropriately deal with the threat of mass atrocities.
“The new APB is evidence that the Obama administration is fulfilling its promise to make genocide prevention a national priority for the United States,” said Scott Paul, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor at Oxfam America. “The Atrocities Prevention Board won’t be a silver bullet. But it has the potential to substantially increase America’s capacity to prevent, together with our international partners, the most flagrant, large-scale abuses of human rights.” (…)
"Policymakers have historically underinvested in civilian foreign policy tools. As a result, they have created the perception that US options for preventing large-scale deliberate violence against civilians are limited to sending in the military or standing by in silence,” Paul said. “That has long been a false choice: the reality is that the US government has a wide range of civilian and military tools other than full-scale military intervention at its disposal.” (…)
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