New Bill Expands Reward for Justice Program

President Barack Obama has signed into law the expansion of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which is aimed at capturing the world’s most serious human rights abusers, WRCB.com reports. Established in 1984, the program gives the secretary of the state the authority to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone who plans, commits, or attempts international terrorist acts. The new law, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, now allows the State Department to publicize and pay rewards for information about people involved in transnational organized crime or foreign nationals wanted by any international criminal tribune for war crimes or genocide.