The issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudan’s sitting head of state for crimes against humanity offers the Obama administration a chance to catalyze multilateral efforts to bring about a solution to Sudan’s decades-long cycle of warfare. One of the crucial missing ingredients to conflict resolution efforts has been some form of accountability for the horrific crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated by the warring parties in Sudan, primarily the Khartoum regime. Peace without justice in Sudan would only bring an illusion of stability, without addressing the primary forces driving the conflict.
On July 24, after a lengthy ordeal, Mariam Ibrahim was released into the custody of Italy’s deputy foreign minister. Ms. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging by a Sudanese court on charges of apostasy – converting from Islam to Christianity – and this verdict roused global condemnation. The case serves as a stark example of the violence that continues to be perpetrated by the government of Sudan against millions of Sudanese citizens. Read More »
On July 11, 2014, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Christopher Coons (D-DE), wrote a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the escalating violence in Sudan. The Senators urged the Obama Administration to elevate its current efforts toward addressing the violence in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, as well as to strengthen the existing mandate to “ensure the protection of civilians, improve humanitarian access, and seek sustainable political resolutions.” Read More »
A month ago, the two protagonists in South Sudan’s civil war promised to make peace within 60 days. However, as explained by Enough's Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar in a guest post for ThinkProgress, current president Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar done almost everything but make peace- issuing bizarre decrees, increasing weapons stockpiles, and generally avoiding the hard work of ending a war. Read More »
As South Sudan marked its third independence day amid ongoing conflict, Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Policy Consultant Justine Fleischner wrote about her recent experience with displaced youth in Bentiu, South Sudan, the dire situation that the conflict has created for millions of civilians, and the need to establish consequences for the leaders' failure to cooperate toward creating a peaceful solution. Read More »
A new Enough Project report traces the movement and atrocities of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a new iteration of the Janjaweed militias.The RSF are an upgraded version of the Janjaweed that the world came to fear in Darfur ten years ago, but are better equipped, centrally commanded, and fully integrated into the Sudanese government’s security structures. Read More »
Seventy-eight international human rights groups, including the Enough Project and Humanity United, joined together today to call for a fresh approach to U.S. policy on the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan.Read More »
MEDIA ALERT: 11 June 2014 Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953, Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com
George Clooney and John Prendergast’s Wake-Up Call:
Sudan’s Silent War May be World’s Most Murderous
George Clooney and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, in an opinion piece published today, call for urgent attention to a resurgence of the war by Sudan’s government against its own people. The statement comes in advance of a new investigative report by Vice Media’s Ben Anderson premiering this Friday on HBO, which reveals violence in Sudan rising to unprecedented levels.
The original Vice News segment "THE FORGOTTEN WAR" airs this Friday, June 13 at 11:00 pm (ET) on HBO.
“Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Syria, Ukraine, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan,” say Clooney and Prendergast, who together founded the Enough Project’s Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP).
“This is a crisis the U.S. can help resolve”
The Clooney-Prendergast statement also comes with key recommendations that concerned Americans and policymakers can support, including preventive diplomacy and giving the U.S. Treasury Department the resources it needs to follow the money enabling mass atrocities and enforce sanctions against Sudanese war criminals and their commercial interests.
Last month, the two founders announced that SSP, a program using satellite imagery and forensic investigation to monitor and warn against atrocities and human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan and South Sudan, will expand its work to undertake forensic investigations to reveal how those committing mass atrocities are funding their activities and where they are hiding their stolen assets.
To speak with an Enough Project or Vice Media spokesperson on this topic, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more: www.enoughproject.org.
The Satellite Sentinel Project, co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, is a partnership between the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch. SSP uses satellite imagery and forensic investigation to assess the human security situation, and detect, deter and document war crimes and crimes against humanity. SSP recently announced an expansion of its work to focus on the economic drivers of mass atrocities and human rights abuses, and to encompass some of the world's most violent regions of conflict, including Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic. For more information on the Satellite Sentinel Project, please visit www.satsentinel.org.
Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent. It is almost unfathomable that things could get worse, yet today the scale of violence is rising to unprecedented levels. The situation may sound hopeless - but that is not the case, as George Clooney and John Prendergast explain. Read More »
On May 20, Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail presented at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The briefing, which included former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman and citizen journalist Ryan Boyette, focused on the ongoing human rights violations and the escalation of violence throughout Sudan.Read More »