U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Thursday, September 30, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event exploring opportunities for justice of crimes against humanity.
Governments and non-state actors continue to commit crimes against humanity and other mass atrocities that target religious communities, including Afghanistan, Burma, China, Iraq, and Syria. USCIRF recently held a hearing on Ending Genocide – Accountability for Perpetrators that highlighted specific accountability gaps that make obtaining justice for crimes against humanity particularly elusive. Unlike genocide and war crimes, crimes against humanity are not codified in an international treaty. In addition, there is not a statute in the United States that enables prosecution or immigration consequences for these heinous crimes. This event will highlight ongoing initiatives to promote greater accountability for perpetrators by enacting a U.S. statute and international treaty for crimes against humanity and provide recommendations for how the U.S. government can further promote accountability and prevent mass atrocities.
The discussion will feature USCIRF Chair Nadine Maenza and Commissioner Khizr Khan as well as experts from American Bar Association Center for Human Rights Working Group on Crimes against Humanity Ambassador David Scheffer and Professor Leila Sadat. The event will be moderated by USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava, followed by questions and answers from attendees.