Obama issues US entry ban on suspected war criminals, human rights violators
US President Barack Obama issued an order on Thursday banning individuals suspected of participating in war crimes and other acts against human rights from entering the country.
The order, which took effect immediately, is meant to be a means to prevent humanitarian crisis around the globe as well as promote the country’s values and fundamental interests in securing peace, strengthen democracies and fight against crime and corruption.
“Sixty-six years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide,” Obama explained in a written statement. “This has left us ill-prepared to engage early, proactively, and decisively to prevent threats from evolving into large-scale civilian atrocities.”
As part of the new order, the Secretary of State will be responsible in determining which individuals would be prevented from entering the United States. The Secretary of State may make exceptions on certain cases to accommodate US foreign interests.
An Atrocities Prevention Board will also be established to help the country prevent and fight against mass atrocities. Officials that will be assigned to serve in this panel are scheduled to start working in their respective positions within the next 120 days.
Meanwhile, administration officials have been instructed by the President to go through a 100-day inventory of the current diplomatic and economic tools as well as other methods available to policymakers to help facilitate the prevention of human rights violation. This, according to a statement issued by the White House, is meant to help those involve to develop a more coordinated response both on a domestic and international level.
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