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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing

Pursuing Accountability for Atrocities  

Thursday, June 13, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing to examine accountability for mass atrocities, with a focus on the tools and mechanisms available to the United States government.   

“Mass atrocities” are defined as large-scale, deliberate attacks against civilians, and include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. After World War II the international community vowed never again to stand by in the face of genocide and mass
atrocities. But since then these crimes have been committed in many countries and contexts, resulting in the suffering and deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Millions more have been forced to flee, generating profound humanitarian, political, and national
security consequences. 

As with all human rights violations, victims of mass atrocities have the right to truth, justice, reparation and the guarantee of no repetition. Accountability is central to the concept of justice and is considered a form of reparation as well as key for
ensuring non-recurrence. Yet achieving accountability for perpetrators of atrocities is difficult and relatively rare. Witnesses will discuss efforts by U.S. prosecutors and policymakers to hold perpetrators accountable, drawing on past cases, and offer recommendations
to strengthen available tools and mechanisms going forward.

This hearing is part of a series that reflects on the challenges to preventing atrocities and identifies opportunities for Congress to improve U.S. government capacities to detect and respond to grave human rights crises around the world.

Panel I

  • David Rybicki, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Louis A. Rodi III, Acting Assistant Director, HSI National Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • C. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability
  • Beth Van Schaack, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Stanford University

Additional witnesses may be added.


The hearing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed via the Commission
website and will also be available for viewing on the House Digital Channel service. For questions, please contact
Kimberly Stanton at 202-225-3599 (for Rep. McGovern) or
Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 (for Rep. Smith).






James P. McGovern                           
Christopher H. Smith

Member of Congress                           Member of Congress

Co-Chair, TLHRC                               
Co-Chair, TLHRC


Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Foreign Affairs

Related Event Information

Event Title: HEARING: Pursuing Accountability for Atrocities
Event Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Event Start: 6/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Event End: 6/13/2019 11:30:00 AM

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