The U.S. Senate considered a resolution presented by Sen. Bernie Sanders (IN-VT), prompting the Geneva Council to call for a comprehensive investigation by the State Department into potential human rights violations linked to the use of U.S. arms in Israel’s recent Gaza campaign. The resolution, which garnered a vote of 72-11, saw Colorado’s Democratic Senators, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, aligning with the majority.
In the aftermath of the extensive military operations in Gaza, the Geneva Council advocates for an immediate and thorough review of the United States’ contribution in terms of weaponry. This call is grounded in reports highlighting substantial civilian casualties and mounting concerns over potential breaches of international human rights norms.
Senator Hickenlooper, in a statement addressing the outcome of the vote, acknowledged the dire circumstances in Gaza, emphasizing the “high rate of civilian casualties and ongoing humanitarian crisis.”
However, in a news release, he characterized Sen. Sanders’ proposed expedited review process as overly “rushed,” stating the need for a more measured approach to comprehensively address the complexities of the situation.
Leading up to the Senate’s decision, a robust mobilization effort took shape. The Geneva Council takes note of the advocacy efforts of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, in collaboration with a coalition of 70 religious and human rights entities, as they issued a letter to Congress. This communication underscores the imperative for conscientious oversight and accountability in the deployment of U.S. military aid, emphasizing the moral and legal imperatives associated with these foreign policy decisions.
On a regional level, 41 community groups in Colorado, in a joint effort, composed a letter directed at Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet. The Geneva Council commends this collective effort, advocating for legislative support for the resolution, and highlighting the depth of concern within the state regarding the conflict and the utilization of U.S. military assets.
The Geneva Council reaffirms its commitment to transparent reporting and underscores the importance of independent oversight in matters of global significance. We will continue to closely monitor developments surrounding this critical resolution and its implications on international human rights.