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  • Ryan Wittler

The State Department Released Its Annual Report on Genocides to Congress


Since 2019, the U.S. government has released a yearly report pursuant to the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, named after the esteemed late Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor. The report provides an update on the government’s efforts to prevent and respond to atrocities around the world. It also requires the current administration to outline progress made on previous reports and its planned future actions. Some highlights: In this year’s report, the Biden administration renewed allegations of “genocide and crimes against humanity” against China, particularly for the “imprisonment, torture, enforced sterilization, and persecution” of Uyghur Muslims. It also detailed its continued efforts to return power to the democratically-elected government in Myanmar (also called Burma), where a February 2021 military coup has led to “brutal killings...forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention” of citizens. The administration also warned that “acts of ethnic cleansing” have happened in Western Tigray, Ethiopia, where the country’s military and allied troops from neighboring Eritrea have also been accused of widespread sexual violence. Read the rest of the report here.

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