Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Sudan: Faith Leaders, Activists Deliver 45,000 Postcards To Secretary Clinton
Faith Leaders, Activists Deliver 45,000 Postcards To Secretary Clinton Demanding Stronger U.S. Action To Stop Attacks On Sudanese Civilians
Meeting with Special Ambassador to Sudan Focused on New Reports of Mass Atrocities Ordered by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
(Washington, DC) – Faith-based and activist leaders delivered 45,000 postcards to the State Department today, calling on Secretary Clinton to take strong action to stop attacks on innocent civilians in Sudan and hold its President Omar al-Bashir fully accountable.
The action came on the heels of news reports that Sudan’s armed forces attacked and are occupying the South Sudanese the town of Jaw, an area providing refuge to victims of previous attacks in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide and Special Ambassador to Sudan, Princeton Lyman
“Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has led attacks on civilians, forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in the last six months, and is now occupying a South Sudan village where his victims sought refuge,” stated Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide. “These atrocities must be met with action by the Obama Administration, not its current tepid policy of holding out normalization as a reward for Sudan’s good behavior.” Andrews, along with representatives from the Nuba Mountains and faith organizations met with Special Ambassador to Sudan Princeton Lyman, and expressed the concerns shared by many Americans.
“Activists across the country are joining our ‘Stop Bashir!’ campaign to amplify the voices of men, women and children in Darfur, in South Kordofan, in Blue Nile and in South Sudan who are being attacked, terrorized and driven from their homes by Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir,” stated Andrews.
“We will not stop the pressure until Secretary Clinton demonstrates the leadership needed to stop these brutal attacks.”Anyone can send an electronic version of this postcard in just a few seconds by visiting www.stopbashir.org. This year alone, more than 500,000 people have been displaced in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and the Government of Sudan is blocking access to aid, setting up a likely humanitarian crisis.
United to End Genocide is calling for the Administration to: Press for full and unimpeded access for international humanitarian organizations to South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur ;Push the United Nations Security Council to demand the Government of Sudan immediately cease conducting offensive military flights in and over South Kordofan and Blue Nile;Push the United Nations Security Council to authorize a peacekeeping force for South Kordofan and Blue Nile that contains a human rights monitoring component along with the appropriate resources and mandate necessary to protect civilians;Push for the expansion of the existing United Nations arms embargo for Darfur to all of Sudan;Hold perpetrators of violence accountable by strengthening and expanding U.S. and UN sanctions against those responsible for violence in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei; andDemand an independent international investigation into crimes committed against civilians in Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan, preferably through the International Criminal Court.
The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network are now United to End Genocide. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities. The merger creates the world’s largest anti-genocide activist organization, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors collectively representing more than $3 trillion in assets under management.