Sudan and South Sudan

Press Release: Darfur Activist Groups Outline "Blueprint for Peace" in Sudan

Apr 30, 2009



April 30, 2009


Ann Brown (Save Darfur), 202-478-6181
Nanda Chitre (Enough Project), 202-481-8245
Mame Annan-Brown (GI-NET), 202-481-8220 x309


Groups lay out necessary steps for Obama administration to forge multilateral peace strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Darfur advocacy groups – including the Enough Project, the Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network – today released an open letter to President Obama that outlines the steps his administration should take to forge a multilateral peace strategy for Sudan. The letter, titled A Blueprint for Peace, urges President Obama to treat the situation in Sudan as a strategic priority, set objectives for U.S. policy, build the necessary leverage and invest in the diplomacy needed to achieve an equitable and lasting solution for all of Sudan. 

The full text of the letter can be found here

"The overriding policy goal of the Obama administration in Sudan should be a comprehensive peace,” said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast. “The United States needs to take the strategic lead in putting a credible process together for Darfur, while constructing more effective mechanisms to support the implementation of the North-South deal and the Eastern agreement."

In the letter, the groups lay out a set of focused and meaningful pressures and incentives necessary to leverage the various parties to find a peaceful solution to the interlocking conflicts within Sudan and the region.

“It is vital that the Obama administration work closely with other key governments in dealing with Sudan,” said Save Darfur Coalition President Jerry Fowler. “The United States can lead efforts toward peace in Sudan, but it must recognize the need to engage with both U.S. allies and with those leaders who continue to back Bashir following the ICC arrest warrant issuance.”

“President Obama and members of his administration have spoken passionately about their intention to act boldly to end the crisis in Darfur and promote international efforts toward a peaceful future in Sudan,” added Genocide Intervention Network Executive Director Sam Bell. “Now theyhave the chance to do so at a crucial juncture in Sudan’s history, by making strong and sustained efforts to build an international coalition for peace.”

The full text of the letter can be found here


President Obama and Sudan: A Blueprint for Peace (Activist Brief)

From President Obama's appointment of a special envoy for Sudan to the expulsion of 16 aid groups from Darfur, the past several weeks have brought both welcome first steps and the development of a potential humanitarian disaster to the situation in Sudan. Many activists have grown understandably and increasingly frustrated given the seeming lack of urgency and relative silence from the Obama administration in addressing the looming humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

A Blueprint for Peace in Sudan

Obama on Africa: (Silence)

President Obama - AP

Downplaying Darfur

Women collect firewood

Media Advisory: Members of Congress to Protest at the Sudanese Embassy

Apr 24, 2009



APRIL 27, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Contact: Cosabeth Bullock
Work: 202.478.6128
Cell: 202.904.7466

Enough Press Office

                          MEDIA ADVISORY


WHAT:  More than a month after Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir expelled 13 international humanitarian aid agencies – putting millions of Darfuri civilians at risk for starvation and disease - the situation on the ground in Darfur continues to deteriorate. On Monday, April 27, actress Mia Farrow and a number of U.S. lawmakers including: Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Lewis (D-GA), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), will participate in a protest at the Sudanese Embassy with Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast and Genocide Intervention Network executive director Sam Bell. Participants will protest the Sudanese government’s ongoing genocide in Darfur and - just days before President Obama’s 100th day in office - call for action by the United States and world leaders to ensure the safety of Darfuri civilians. Participants’ civil disobedience is expected to result in their arrest. 


Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Jerry Fowler, Save Darfur Coalition
John Prendergast, Enough Project
Sam Bell, Genocide Intervention Network


Monday, April 27, 2009
9:50 Religious Action Center
2027 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 

[Members of Congress, activists and organizers will gather here before marching to the Embassy]

10:00 Outside Sudanese Embassy
2210 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C.






President Obama and Sudan: A Blueprint for Peace

This is the third installment in a series of open letters to President Obama spelling out a practical roadmap to end the crisis in Sudan. Co-authored by Enough, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the Genocide Intervention Network, the letter outlines a blueprint to achieve President Obama’s objective of a comprehensive peace for all of Sudan, a goal shared widely throughout the international community.

Sen. Kerry on Engaging Sudan

Senator Kerry and John Prendergast

At Demonstration, 5 House Democrats Arrested and Released - The Caucus, The New York Times

Apr 27, 2009
Bernie Becker

Five House Democrats, including civil rights pioneer John Lewis of Georgia, were among the eight people arrested during a demonstration outside the Sudanese Embassy Monday morning.

The representatives were protesting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s expulsion last month of 16 aid groups from war-ravaged Darfur. 

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