Wednesday, August 31, 2016

FOIA Suit Seeks All State Department Records On Combating Genocide

Yesterday, a conservative civil rights and religious liberty advocacy group filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce its Freedom of Information Act request for all State Department records and communications reflecting efforts to carry out the terms of the Genocide Convention, to hold ISIS accountable for atrocities it has committed, and to respond to the ISIS genocide of Christians.  The complaint (full text) in American Center for Law & Justice v. U.S. Department of State, (D DC, filed 8/30/2016), sets out in 22 paragraphs the scope of the records sought in its July 18 FOIA request sent to the State Department, and adds that the State Department "has a reputation for flaunting and disregarding its public accountability and FOIA obligations." The lawsuit follows actions by ACLJ in recent weeks pressing the United Nations to take action to respond to ISIS genocide against Christians and others.