A joint resolution (SJR50/AJR69) sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio designating April as Genocide Awareness Month today received General Assembly approval.
“This measure will serve as an annual reminder of the evils perpetuated upon genocide victims and the need to continue efforts to eliminate the systematic destruction of a targeted group of people,” said DiMaio (R-Warren). “The Holocaust in Nazi Germany and the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and the Dafar region of Sudan were all deployable acts of mass murder.
“By condemning all genocides and human right violations, we commemorate and honor their victims, including many New Jersey residents who have survived acts of genocide or human rights atrocities in their native countries,” continued DiMaio.
Other states that have enacted similar legislation include Minnesota, California, Texas, and New Hampshire.