This past May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Act of 2018. It was the first piece of genocide legislation passed by Congress since 1988 when the body ratified the Convention on the Prevention andPunishment of the Crime of Genocide.The Convention’s ratification was a somewhat bittersweet action as it took so many years for it to come to fruition. Now, on the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, we are at a strange standstill where the House passed this legislation nearly unanimously with a vote of 406-5, and yet the bill has now stalled in the Senate. It was introduced, revised, and then just set aside.
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