At a meeting at the Washington Summit on Religious Freedom the panel discussed the implementation of the duty to prevent Genocide: global approaches.
The panel consisted of Dr.Ewelina Ochab, Wai Wai Nu, Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, Lord Alton, Nury Turkel and Pari Ibrahim
Wai Wai Nu focused on the failure of the international community to avert the Rohingya Genocide in her country of Myanmar/Burma. She said that indifference had led to horrific suffering and displacement.
Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, in Nigeria, movingly described the recent killing of forty parishioners in a church in his diocese and said that the Jihadists responsible intended to murder everyone who was present in the church: “it is Genocide. Call it what it is. Name it. Understand it. Deal with it.”
He said that the Fulanis who carried out the atrocity were part of a Jihadist campaign which since Buhari came to power in Nigeria “had killed 3,476 people and abducted 2000 girls. The bottom line of the Genocide is impunity. Biden needs to call Buhari and tell him that he must bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Pari Ibrahim spoke about the failure to see the early warning signs of Genocide against her Yazidi community in Iraq in 2014 while Nury Turkel looked at the US approach to monitoring early warning signs in Xinjiang before the Uyghur Genocide began in 2018.
Lord Alton and Dr.Ochab highlighted the recommendations in their new book on Genocide. Lord Alton called for the U.K. and U.S. to lead a campaign to abolish the right of veto in the UN Security Council when used to prevent referrals of atrocity crimes to the International Criminal Court.