Obama moves to strengthen US response to genocide

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Posted: Aug 04, 2011 10:47 AM
Obama moves to strengthen US response to genocide

President Barack Obama is moving to strengthen the United States' ability to prevent mass atrocities abroad, and tightening immigration rules to ensure that human rights violators don't enter the country.

The president on Thursday announced the creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board that will develop strategies to ensure that the U.S. doesn't respond to mass atrocities and genocide too late, when chances of preventing the carnage have been missed.

Obama said that 66 years after the Holocaust and 17 years after the genocide in Rwanda, "the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework" for responding to mass atrocities.

Obama also issued a proclamation designed to close gaps in immigration law by expanding the grounds for denying human rights violators entry to the United States.