Summary: H.Res.421 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/28/2017)

Calls for the U.S. government to:

  • use all available leverage to achieve lasting, comprehensive cease-fires in cases of conflict in Africa;
  • work with governments to facilitate disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of combatants;
  • use the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to sanction individuals or entities responsible for initiating or prolonging conflict, endangering humanitarian aid workers, or preventing delivery of humanitarian aid;
  • apply all available weather and crop information to more accurately predict incipient drought and to determine the likelihood of famine in conflict areas;
  • collaborate with other donor nations to accelerate the provision of food, clean water, medicine, and shelter to those in need;
  • expand the prepositioning of aid commodities in safe zones close to the famine region;
  • provide assistance to farmers, herders, and fishermen; and
  • use cash transfers to more quickly provide food aid where local markets exist and to support the functioning of local markets.

Urges governments in affected African countries to:

  • establish effective cease-fires and use force thereafter only when government forces or facilities or civilians are under attack;
  • identify and take actions against individuals and entities that actively threaten peace and safety;
  • work with civil society to help end conflict at the grassroots level and effect reconciliation;
  • take specifed actions to promote the delivery of food, clean water, medicine, and shelter;
  • protect humanitarian aid workers; and
  • safeguard agricultural areas and farm personnel.