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February 16, 2018
In an effort to highlight the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya community by the Burmese government, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) hosted a photo exhibition, Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya, which was on display in the Senate Russell Rotunda from February 12 to 16, 2018.
September 1, 2017
Escalated attacks against Rohingya civilians in Burma present a new urgency for protecting civilians and dismantling systems of violence against minorities.
July 28, 2017
Simon-Skjodt Center staff briefs the Senate Human Rights Caucus on the mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in Burma. The Museum has raised the alarm about the risk of genocide in the country.
May 3, 2013
A recent Human Rights Watch report describes crimes against humanity being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State as well as organized attempts to ethnically cleanse this population.
March 25, 2013
In June 2012, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum expressed grave concern about the escalating violence in Syria and warned that the increasingly sectarian nature of that violence could, if unchecked, lead to genocide.
January 15, 2013
President Obama today signed legislation expanding the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program to give the Secretary of State the authority to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone wanted by any international tribunal for genocide or other serious human rights violations.
June 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today expressed its grave concern for the safety and security of civilians in Syria, and warned of the potential for genocidal acts if nations do not take prompt actions to uphold their responsibility to protect groups and individuals targeted by the Syrian regime.
March 16, 2012
Marking a full year of violent suppression of anti-government protests in Syria, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck, released the following statement on March 15:
February 24, 2012
We know from history that genocide and related crimes against humanity do not just arise spontaneously. They often take place in the context of civil war, when leaders commit such crimes to advance their goals of eliminating opposition or perceived enemies. In the civil conflict now raging in Syria, reporting by independent journalists and the United Nations leaves little doubt that conditions are being laid for a dramatic escalation of violence against civilians, possibly based on their membership in religious sects. Right now the majority Sunni population, perceived by the Alawite-dominated regime to be leading the opposition, are the primary victims, but if conditions deteriorate, other groups—including Druze, Christians, and Alawites themselves—could also be targeted.
August 4, 2011
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today welcomed the White House announcement of a new presidential directive aimed at strengthening the U.S. government’s ability to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.