ENCINO, CA (April 23, 2012) – President and Co-Founder Janice Kamenir-Reznik and Advocacy Chair Vaughan Meyer of Encino-based anti-genocide organization Jewish World Watch joined other activists and administration officials Monday at the White House for the first meeting of the newly-created Atrocities Prevention Board. The meeting was titled “Honoring the Pledge of ‘Never Again’,” and coincides with last week’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“We are pleased with President Obama’s efforts to prevent and respond to genocide in Sudan and elsewhere,” said Kamenir-Reznik. “Jewish World Watch is glad to be a part of the ongoing discussion along with so many of our colleagues and partners in the fight against genocide, so we can realize the promise of ‘Never Again.’”
Earlier in the day, President Obama spoke at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, announcing the formation of the Atrocities Prevention Board and addressing human rights violations in Syria and Sudan.
“We’re making sure that the United States government has the structures, the mechanisms to better prevent and respond to mass atrocities,” said President Obama. “It’s why I created a new Atrocities Prevention Board… and I’m pleased that one of its first acts will be to meet with some of your organizations—citizens and activists who are partners in this work, who have been carrying this torch.”
The agenda for the post-speech event included discussions on genocide prevention, the use of technology in the fight against atrocities, and a panel on Sudan, South Sudan and the LRA.
White House Video (President Obama’s Speaks at Museum): President Obama Speaks on Preventing Mass Atrocities
White House Blog (President Obama’s Remarks at the Museum): President Obama Speaks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
White House Fact Sheet (Preventing Mass Atrocities): Fact Sheet: A Comprehensive Strategy and New Tools to Prevent and Respond to Atrocities
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