President Obama announced a plan that would allow the U.S. to impose sanctions against foreign entities, specifically in Iran and Syria, for using technology to carry out human rights abuses. He made this announcement during a speech marking the annual commemoration of the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
We hear first from, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel introducing the President.
Last Thursday, Pres. Obama released a statement honoring the Jewish day of remembrance Yom HaShoah. "On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people of all faiths across the United States, in Israel and around the world in paying tribute to all who suffered in the Shoah - a horrific crime without parallel in human history," Pres. Obama said in the statement.
The Holocaust museum is a memorial to the deaths of Jews killed in concentration camps by Nazis in World War II. It was authorized by Congress in 1980 and opened to the public in 1993.