Despite rosy reports from some senior U.S. Government officials, violence in Sudan continues to mount in advance of national elections to be held later this month. This includes a recent offensive by the Government of Sudan in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur, which in recent weeks has killed hundreds and driven as many as 100,000 people from their homes. The Obama Administration has largely ignored this ongoing violence and has instead heralded exclusionary peace talks on Darfur as “major progress," going so far as to call the talk a “landmark.” The Administration also appears to blindly support the upcoming elections, which nearly all international human rights organizations agree have no chance of being either free or fair.
The U.S Sudan policy is not just adrift -- it risks enabling gross human rights violations by the Government of Sudan. We urgently need Congress to engage on this important topic.
Please write to the four members of Congress who oversee the foreign affairs committees in the House and Senate and have the power to shape U.S. policy. Ask them to press the Obama Administration--both privately and publicly--for more accountability on how the current U.S. policy toward Sudan is affecting millions of innocent civilians on the ground.
Sign letter, add your comments, and send to Senators Kerry and Lugar and Representatives Ros-Lehtinen and Berman today.