Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing that will highlight how the U.S. government has made the determination to call, or not to call, mass atrocities against religious groups genocide and offer recommendations to enhance U.S. efforts to respond to mass atrocities.
Since the United States ratified the Genocide Convention in 1988, the U.S. Department of State has determined that genocides occurred in Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, Darfur, areas under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and most recently China. Official designations can increase international attention to the crimes, strengthen the case for multilateral pressure on the perpetrators, and bolster efforts for accountability. Genocide determinations are often made only after a lengthy investigative process.
Today, the Burmese military continues to violently target the mostly Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine State, and the Chinese government continues to hold the predominately Muslim Uyghur people in detention camps, enact measures to decrease the population and actively separate children from their parents. Witnesses will explain how the U.S. government has made past genocide determinations and explore policy options once a determination has been made.
• Anurima Bhargava, Chair, USCIRF
• Tony Perkins, Vice Chair, USCIRF
• Todd Buchwald, Former Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State
• Pari Ibrahim, Founder and Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation
• Beth Van Schaack, Former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State
• Daniel Fullerton, former Counsel, Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG); Co-Author of PILPG report documenting atrocity crimes against the Rohingya
• Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Peace Network