Washington, DC (August 23, 2018) – In response to yesterday’s introduction by a bipartisan group of US Senators of S.3368, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) US Program Director, Daniel Mahanty, issued the following statement:

“CIVIC is encouraged by the Congressional interest in the prevention of violent conflict signaled by the introduction of the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018. An estimated 102,000 people were killed in conflict-related violence last year alone, while 65 million more were displaced from the effects of violence. Conflict impacts every aspect of civilian lives – often times for many generations. CIVIC supports the implementation of evidence-based and locally-developed solutions for preventing violent conflicts around the world. If passed, the bill presents an important opportunity to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the US Department of Defense to work together to find ways to meaningfully support the reduction and prevention of violent conflict.”

Background:

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Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Our vision is for a world where parties to armed conflicts recognize the dignity and rights of civilians, prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and amend harm.

 

For more information, contact Piper Hendricks at phendricks@civiliansinconflict.org.