The Assyrian Policy Institute (API) announced today that it has joined the Alliance Against Genocide, a global coalition dedicated to creating the international institutions and the political will to prevent genocide. Founded by Genocide Watch in 1999, the Alliance is made up of over 80 organizations from more than 30 countries around the world. It was the first coalition of organizations focused exclusively on preventing genocide.
Through its member organizations, the Alliance aims to create an early warning network to provide warnings of genocidal processes to governments, journalists, relief and health workers, religious leaders, whistleblowers, and ordinary citizens. It aims to create a public, open-source intelligence network that will warn of ethnic and other conflict before it leads to genocide.
"We are thrilled to join forces with such esteemed organizations around the world to advance our shared priorities and together address the issue of preventing mass atrocities and genocide. The API's addition to this prestigious alliance will expand our efforts to bring greater awareness to atrocities committed against Assyrians, whether historic or contemporary," said Jon Koriel, Chairman of the API.
The Alliance Against Genocide has four goals: the provision of public information on the nature of genocide and creation of the political will to prevent and stop it; the creation of effective early-warning systems to alert the world about potential ethnic conflict and genocide; motivating international, regional, and national action to stop genocidal processes; and the arrest, trial, and punishment of those who commit genocide, including the effective functioning of the International Criminal Court, the use of national courts with universal jurisdiction and the creation of special courts to prosecute perpetrators of genocide.