ADL Applauds U.S. Directive on Preventing Mass Atrocities
23.08.2011 | 14:18 | | Noyan Tapan | Politics
(Noyan Tapan – 23.08.2011) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
welcomed an executive order issued by President Barack Obama that
enhances America’s ability to prevent and respond to mass atrocities.
The presidential directive also bars perpetrators of war crimes,
crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violators from
legally entering the United States.
According to the Aug. 4 Presidential Study Directive/PSD-10,
“Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security
interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States.”
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor,
issued the following statement:ï¿½
We are pleased that President Obama has made averting genocide and
mass atrocities a core part of American policy and launched a process
to assemble a comprehensive set of tools toward that vision.
As a community that experienced first-hand the indifference of a world
that failed to avert Hitler’s genocidal campaign, we know that if
responsible governments had mobilized the full range of diplomatic,
economic and humanitarian tools, the outcome could have been very
The president’s announcement is all the more poignant in the face of
an ongoing and violent Syrian crackdown against its own population.
ADL works at the community and leadership level to promote the lessons
of the Holocaust for genocide prevention and the safeguarding of human
and civil rights across the globe.ï¿½ The League provides education
curricula on the Holocaust and genocide prevention designed to engage
students in humanitarian projects and social activism to instill moral
decision-making skills and a lifelong commitment to activism against
hatred and inhumanity.