Rescind Sudan Foreign Minister Ali Karti's Invitation To The 2015 National Prayer Breakfast.

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In April, Sudan’s Omar al Bashir launched a “decisive summer” military campaign throughout Sudan’s marginalized regions. The result of this military campaign has been devastating. Sudan is now experiencing unprecedented levels of violence that now rivals the Darfur genocide, which triggered international outrage in 2003-2005. Entire swaths of Darfur are once again witnessing the wholesale destruction of communities, mass rape, and killing on a horrifying scale. Meanwhile, in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile state, a relentless government campaign of aerial bombings against schools, hospitals, and homes has created a growing humanitarian crisis that has surpassed internationally recognized emergency thresholds. Millions of lives in Sudan are once again hanging by a thread because of Sudanese government war crimes.

We are greatly distressed by recent news that Sudan Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti has been invited to the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. As a senior official within the government of Sudan, Mr. Karti, along with many other Sudanese officials, has played a direct role in Sudanese government war crimes for many years. His resume includes an extended stint as coordinator and leader of Popular Defense Forces (PDF), who were responsible for widespread abuses in southern Sudan during the 1990s.  He has reinforced his government’s decisions to expel U.N. humanitarian aid officials on several occasions. Today Mr. Karti represents a government led by internationally-indicted war criminals.

The National Prayer Breakfast is an excellent event for those seeking a better world for all of us to live in. Mr. Karti and the government he represents have categorically rejected the values of this esteemed event with word and deed for decades now by destroying Sudan’s rich heritage and blocking the aspirations of the Sudanese people. Particularly in light of the Prayer Breakfast’s remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the promise of “never again” simply cannot be fulfilled when individuals responsible for intentional human suffering are allowed to stand amongst those seeking to end such abuses.

As individuals deeply concerned for the plight of the people of Sudan, we ask that you rescind the invitation provided to Mr. Karti. His presence would place a stain on the National Prayer Breakfast and the ideals this important event upholds.

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