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Petitioning National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Tell Ambassador Susan Rice: Don’t be AWOL on Civilian Protection in Darfur

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Darfuri civilians are under increasing attack – Human Rights Watch recently reported that in May 2010 alone there were approximately 600 deaths, thousands displaced and increased rapes. Homes and water pumps have been destroyed as Government forces and allied militias have illegally targeted civilian populations.

This week, Ambassador Rice expressed concern at the increasingly volatile situation in Darfur. But the pressures and consequences for violations of key benchmarks, like civilian protection, promised by the Obama administration’s Sudan policy are still AWOL. With the UN Security Council meeting this week to renew UNAMID’s mandate, now is the time for the US to lead with ACTION, not just words!

Please sign letter, asking Ambassador Rice not to be AWOL on Civilian Protection in Darfur.

Letter to
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Darfuri civilians are under increasing attack – Human Rights Watch recently reported that in May 2010 alone there were approximately 600 deaths, thousands displaced and increased rapes. Homes and water pumps have been destroyed as Government forces and allied militias have illegally targeted civilian populations.

We welcome your recent statement of concern at the increasingly volatile situation in Darfur. But the pressures and consequences for violations of key benchmarks, like civilian protection, promised by the Obama administration’s Sudan policy are still AWOL. With the UN Security Council meeting this week to renew UNAMID’s mandate, now is the time for the U.S. to lead with ACTION, not just words!

Please apply U.S. leverage in moving the United Nations to follow recommendations by Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/07/19/un-strengthen-civilian-protection-darfur). UNAMID must prioritize civilian protection and its human rights section must increase the frequency of its public reporting, evaluating progress against the benchmarks established by the Human Rights Council's group of experts on Darfur in 2007. The Government of Sudan and rebels must allow access to UNAMID and NGOs in conflict areas.

The targeting of civilians must stop immediately, and perpetrators of these crimes must be met with appropriate consequences.

I strongly request that the U.S. implement its policy on Sudan and stop being AWOL on civilian protection in Darfur.