Executive Order 13729: A Comprehensive Approach to Atrocity Prevention and Response [open pdf - 196KB]
Alternate Title: EO 13729: A Comprehensive Approach to Atrocity Prevention and Response
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. 'Policy'. As articulated in Presidential Study Directive-10 (PSD-10), preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States. Noting that governmental engagement on mass atrocities and genocide too often arrives too late, when opportunities for prevention or low-cost, low-risk action have been missed, PSD-10 directed the establishment of an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (Board), with the primary purpose of coordinating a whole-of-government approach to prevent mass atrocities and genocide. PSD-10 also directed an interagency study to develop and recommend the membership, mandate, structure, operational protocols, authorities, and support necessary for the Board to coordinate and develop atrocity prevention and response policy. This order continues in place the Board established in 2012 as I directed in PSD-10, sets out the support to be afforded by executive departments, agencies, and offices, and updates and memorializes the terms on which the Board will continue to operate in the service of its important mission. Sec. 2. 'Definition'. For purposes of this order, the term 'mass atrocities' or 'atrocities,' neither of which is defined under international law, refers to large scale and deliberate attacks on civilians, and includes acts falling within the definition 'genocide' as defined in international law and under U.S. domestic statute."
Executive Order 13729; EO 13729
Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
Federal Register (May 23, 2016), v.81 no.99, p.32611