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Report: Darfur Deteriorates as World Shifts Attention to Sudan’s Referendum

Date: 
Sep 13, 2010

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Contact: Matt Brown,  mbrown@enoughproject.org, 202-468-2925
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government of Sudan is using the shift in international attention away from Darfur toward the North-South referendum to continue its pattern of rights violations against the people of the region.

A new Enough Project report, “Neglecting Darfur,” argues that the international community, in its desire to focus on the referendum, is offering its approval for a government strategy that will likely lead to more suffering among the displaced.

“The new strategy is a means by which the government can resolve its Darfur problem without angering the tribes that it armed years earlier, and to whom it promised benefits in exchange for involvement in massive crimes against sedentary Darfuris,” said Laura Jones, Enough Policy Advisor and a co-author of the report. “You don’t have to look far in the region to realize the government’s true intentions include some combination of military action, camp closures, and manipulated returns, despite its use of humanitarian lingo.”

The report, which offers an overview of the ongoing crisis in Darfur, argues that the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate unless the world renews its attention to the troubled region. The international community should focus on both the referendum and Darfur in order to build a complete and lasting solution to the problems in Sudan, argues Enough Advisor and report co-author Omer Ismail.

“It is important for Sudan’s stability that we have a holistic approach to tackling the crisis in Darfur and the referendum in the south,” he said. “After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, all engines were sent to extinguish the fire in Darfur leaving the south to its own devices. Now the unraveling of the CPA and the countdown to the referendum have shifted attention completely from Darfur in favor of the south. We are repeating the same mistakes, and we are bound to end up with the same result.”

Read the full report: “Neglecting Darfur.”

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

Advocacy Groups Praise Administration's Stepped-Up Leadership on Sudan

Date: 
Sep 9, 2010

 

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Contacts:
Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, 202-386-1618
Janessa Goldbeck, goldbeck@genocideintervention.net, 202-559-7405
Ann Brown, abrown@savedarfur.org, 301-633-4193

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Human rights advocacy organizations praised the Obama Administration following yesterday’s announcement that President Obama will participate in a high-level summit on Sudan during the U.N. General Assembly on September 24th.

The groups also called on the Administration to heighten its pressures on Khartoum as a critical component of diplomatic efforts to prevent violence and protect human rights as southern Sudanese prepare to vote in a referendum on southern independence scheduled for January, 2011.

The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Genocide Intervention Network, the Save Darfur Coalition, iACT and Investors Against Genocide offered this joint statement:

"We welcome recent reports that President Obama will participate in the high-level meeting on Sudan being convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon later this month. The president’s participation in this high-level meeting on Sudan is an important and encouraging sign of U.S. commitment to peace in Sudan. The president has a timely opportunity to lead the international community in preparing to guarantee implementation of the results of two credible referenda on Southern Sudan independence and the status of Abyei in January 2011. 

“The Administration has already made important moves in buttressing its diplomatic capacity in support of peace efforts in Sudan through the addition of multiple personnel, including Ambassador Princeton Lyman. Administration support for international negotiations on key issues between the North and South, such as the sharing of natural resources, border demarcation and citizenship, are ciritical for peace. In addition, U.S. and multilateral efforts to achieve humanitarian access throughout Darfur, support efforts for international justice and bring an end to the conflict there must be redoubled.  

“In this context, there will be a key moment for the president to push for bolder benefits and meaningful consequences that are needed to promote peace and prevent Africa's largest country from returning to full-scale national war and what could be the world's largest conventional conflict next year. But the carrots and sticks must be robust enough to grab the attention of the parties, particularly the National Congress Party.  

“On the incentives side, the US could offer the regime in Khartoum benefits for making peace, such as debt relief or full normalization of relations and a reduction of U.S. sanctions. On the pressures side, bolder, new consequences for pursuing war could include expansion of travel restrictions, asset freezes for key war-mongers, explicit commitments to block debt relief, expanding multilateral sanctions against the parties who are disrupting peace and causing suffering, particularly in Darfur, disrupting financial flows to Sudanese banks that support those that permit human rights abusesto occur, and new efforts to enforce arms embargoes.”

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Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough's strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a "3P" crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. Visit www.enoughproject.org.

Genocide Intervention Network – Genocide Intervention Network is working to build the first permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to stop genocide when it occurs. Accessible online at www.GenocideIntervention.net, Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals with the tools to stop genocide.

The Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to promote peace throughout the Darfur region and all of Sudan. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Sudan. Please join the movement at www.SaveDarfur.org.

Stop Genocide Now/i-ACT is a grassroots community dedicated to working to protect populations in grave danger of violence, death and displacement resulting from genocide. Through active education, advocacy and policy change SGN resolves to change the way the world responds to genocide. All of our projects focus on and utilize the strength and power in grassroots connectivity. For information, visit www.stopgenocidenow.org.

Investors Against Genocide is a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing mutual fund and other investment firms to change their investing strategy so as to avoid complicity in genocide. The organization works with individuals, companies, organizations, financial institutions, the press, and government agencies to build awareness and to create financial, public relations, and regulatory pressure for investment firms to change. The ultimate goals are that the Government of Sudan ends its deadly genocide in Darfur and that investment firms avoid investing in genocide. For more information, visit www.investorsagainstgenocide.org.

Save Darfur Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network & Enough Project Condemn Kenyan Reception of Bashir

Date: 
Aug 27, 2010
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Contact: Martha Bixby, martha@savedarfur.org, 202-640-0602 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Save Darfur Coalition, the Genocide Intervention Network and the Enough Project today condemned Kenya’s decision to welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Nairobi to attend a dedication ceremony for Kenya’s new constitution. 

Kenya is the second member state of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to flout its obligation to arrest al-Bashir – who faces charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur – when he entered its territory. Last month, Chad hosted al-Bashir for a Sahel-Saharan summit in N’djamena following a lengthy rapprochement between neighbors and longtime rivals Chad and Sudan.

In response to today’s news, Niemat Ahmadi of the Save Darfur Coalition said: “Kenya’s decision to invite al-Bashir to Nairobi to attend the dedication of Kenya’s new constitution is an affront to victims not only of al-Bashir’s grave crimes in Darfur, but also to the thousands of victims of brutal post-election violence in Kenya. Welcoming al-Bashir to Kenyan territory undermines efforts to hold perpetrators of mass atrocities in Sudan and in Kenya accountable for their crimes.

“As the ICC investigates possible crimes against humanity in Kenya, the Kenyan government must fulfill its obligation to cooperate with the ICC and enforce the warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest. All 113 member states of the ICC, and influential countries on the UN Security Council including the United States, must hold the Kenyan government accountable and press Kenya to immediately arrest al-Bashir and hand him over to the court.”  

Mark Hanis, President of Genocide Intervention Network, said: “This event is supposed to be about celebrating the new Kenyan constitution the country taking a step forward. Regrettably, by failing to live up to their obligations under the Rome Statute, Kenya has taken a step back.”

David Sullivan of the Enough Project said: “This is a clear challenge for U.S. diplomacy at a critical moment. It's incumbent upon the Obama administration to strongly support both justice and peace in Sudan and ensure accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. It seems clear that countries in the region see U.S. support for justice as little more than rhetoric at this point.”

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The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to promote peace throughout the Darfur region and all of Sudan. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Sudan. Please join the movement at www.SaveDarfur.org.

Genocide Intervention Network –Genocide Intervention Network is working to build the first permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to stop genocide when it occurs. Accessible online at www.GenocideIntervention.net, Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals with the tools to stop genocide.

Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough's strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a "3P" crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. Visit www.enoughproject.org.

As President Makes Crucial Decision on Sudan, Rights Groups Advocate for ‘Powerful, Proven, Effective Policy’

Date: 
Aug 25, 2010

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Contacts:
Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, 202-386-1618
Susan Morgan, susan@paxcommunications.org, 617-797-0451

 

As President Makes Crucial Decision on Sudan, Rights Groups Advocate for ‘Powerful, Proven, Effective Policy’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sudan Now, a campaign led by a group of prominent anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations, is running ads in The New York Times and the Vineyard Gazette to influence the president’s decision, expected soon, on the future direction of U.S. Sudan policy. Additionally, a letter signed by 68 organizations is being sent to the president on the same topic. Both the ads and the letter advocate for a balanced Sudan policy that includes both incentives and pressures.

According to Mark Lotwis, President of Save Darfur Coalition, there is widespread public attention on this pending decision. “Millions of Americans, represented by the 68 organizations that signed onto this letter, want President Obama to make the right decision on Sudan. We hope that the president will listen to these many individuals and choose a policy that includes incentives as well as pressures to help bring peace and justice to the people of Sudan.”

The ad placed by Sudan Now in The New York Times states, “It is the time for a powerful, proven, effective policy.” The right choice by President Obama and his administration, according to the ad, “can help prevent what could be the largest conventional war in the world in 2011.”

“The absence of a clear decision by the president has undermined U.S. influence in support of peace in Sudan,” said Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast. “Based on empirical evidence from the 21 years that this regime has been in power, it is only when robust and multilateral carrots and sticks are combined that the international community has leverage to influence the parties in Sudan.”

With just four months until a critical referendum vote that could divide Africa’s largest country, an internal debate within the administration recently ended with a proposal to shift the U.S. relationship with Sudan to one that favors incentives. This potential shift comes at a perilous time for Sudan. In the past few months, the security situation in Darfur has been deteriorating precipitously. Aid workers are being threatened and expelled. Decisions regarding many of the agreements to ensure a fair vote and security following the vote have still not been made.

“The president has a crucial opportunity to revitalize his administration’s Sudan policy,” said Mark Hanis, President of Genocide Intervention Network. “At this moment, when so much hangs in the balance, the president must step forward and demonstrate leadership on Sudan by effectively implementing a policy that leverages both incentives and pressures.”

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Sudan Now is a campaign led by a group of prominent anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations committed to bringing meaningful and lasting peace to Sudan and encouraging strong American leadership and action to achieve this goal. The campaign challenges President Barack Obama and top U.S. administration officials to live up to their promises to take strong and immediate action to help end the international crisis in Sudan and bring a lasting peace to the people of that country. Organizations participating in this week’s advertising include the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Save Darfur Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network, Stop Genocide Now, and Investors Against Genocide.

Report: Avoiding the Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace

Date: 
Aug 19, 2010
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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, 202-386-1618

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars has released a new Enough Project paper, “Avoiding the Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace,” which challenges the assertion by top U.S. administration officials that the United States lacks leverage with the government of Sudan.

This notion has led to sharp debates within the U.S. government about whether pressures or incentives, or a combination of both, could possibly affect the calculations of the conflicting parties in Sudan.

The Woodrow Wilson Center published the paper as part of a two-piece publication that examines international engagement in Sudan. The paper’s authors, the Enough Project’s John Prendergast and Laura Jones, point out eight areas in which the United States, either alone or with allies, does in fact possess leverage that it is currently under-utilizing. The authors go on to argue that there are five areas in which the United States could be creating additional leverage in support of African Union and United Nations peace efforts already underway in the country.

"Expanded U.S. leverage will be a key ingredient if there is to be a successful formula for peace in all of Sudan,” argues Prendergast, Co-Founder of the Enough Project. “That leverage comes from the construction of viable and robust benefits and consequences in response to peace or war. The points of influence need to be new and big enough to affect the calculations of the parties in Sudan. And they need to be focused on peace and rights promotion in the entire country, not allowing Darfur to be played off against the South.”

“The Obama administration will help secure peace only if the president takes a lesson from the process that produced the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 and uses all the tools at his disposal,” said Jones. “If the Obama administration demonstrates to the government of Sudan its commitment to seeing peace, then its leverage will be increased. U.S. commitment can best be shown by presenting a well-coordinated policy, sanctioned by the president, and implemented by full-time diplomatic staff on the ground and in negotiations.

Read the full paper: “Avoiding the Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace”

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

 

Report: Lord’s Resistance Army Creates New Safe Haven in Northeastern Congo

Date: 
Aug 10, 2010
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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, 202-386-1618
 
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lord’s Resistance Army has depopulated a remote corner of northeastern Congo, killing and abducting hundreds of civilians, and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

In a new report, “ ‘This is our land now’: Lord’s Resistance Army attacks in Bas Uele, northeastern Congo,” Enough Project Field Researcher Ledio Cakaj documents 51 attacks by the LRA in Bas Uele, Congo, resulting in at least 105 deaths and 570 abductions during the last 15 months. 

“The LRA rampage in Bas Uele territory is brutal but strategic,” notes Cakaj. “LRA fighters have used this region as a base and transit point to the Central African Republic and beyond. The threat to civilians is increasing, since there is no meaningful military force to challenge the LRA in this area. The Congolese army remains a threat to its own population, and the United Nations is drawing down its peacekeepers in this region.”  

After signing into U.S. law the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act on May 24, 2010, the Obama administration is developing a comprehensive strategy to deal with the LRA. The report argues that any viable strategy needs to take into account the importance of Bas Uele to the LRA, in order to better protect civilians and finally to end the LRA’s escalating threat across a vast region of central Africa. 

The report argues that “attacks in northern Bas Uele are intended to empty the area -- of strategic of importance to the LRA’s cross-border movement to the Central African Republic -- of civilians.”

The new U.S. law requires that the U.S. government develop a multilateral strategy “to protect civilians from the Lord’s Resistance Army, to apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield in the continued absence of a negotiated solution, and to disarm and demobilize the remaining Lord’s Resistance Army fighters.” The law also calls for assistance to address the humanitarian needs of victims and to rebuild and rehabilitate communities targeted by the LRA.

The LRA, a stateless terrorist group led by messianic leader Joseph Kony, has killed, mutilated, and displaced civilians across central Africa for more than two decades, abducting thousands of children to turn them into child soldiers. 

The LRA began in 1989 as a rebellion based in northern Uganda. The roaming rebel group has morphed into a regional insurgency that terrorizes civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, and the Central African Republic.

Read the Enough Project report, “ ‘This is our land now’: Lord’s Resistance Army attacks in Bas Uele, northeastern Congo.” 

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

As Darfur Violence Surges, Obama Administration Addresses Sudan Crisis with 'Lack of Urgency'

Date: 
Aug 6, 2010

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Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, 202-386-1618

Janessa Goldbeck, goldbeck@genocideintervention.net, 202-559-7405

Ann Brown, abrown@savedarfur.org, 301-633-4193

 As Darfur Violence Surges, Obama Administration Addresses Sudan Crisis with 'Lack of Urgency'

Advocacy groups outraged over drift in administration policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Human rights advocacy organizations expressed dismay today following reports that the Obama Administration is not approaching the situation in Sudan with the urgency it demands. In a New York Times article published yesterday (“Violence Said to Be Rising in Sudan’s Darfur Region” by Neil MacFarquhar), a senior State Department official was quoted saying, "There is no sense of urgency that this is a crucial moment [in Sudan].”

The comment comes on the heels of an alarming resurgence of violence in Darfur and just months before south Sudan is scheduled to vote for its own independence—a landmark event that, if mishandled, could plunge Sudan back into all-out war.

The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Genocide Intervention Network, and the Save Darfur Coalition, offered the following statements:

John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, said, “The US and other key countries have largely turned away from serious political engagement in Darfur in favor of the North/South issues. US Special Envoy Gration has fallen into the same trap which has doomed previous diplomatic efforts by allowing the Khartoum regime to play the North/South crisis against the one in Darfur. The old adage of walking and chewing gum at the same time on Darfur and the South seems unattainable to the internationals attempting to address Sudan's interrelated ills. By not focusing on an all-Sudan solution, they end up with no solution at all, and the crises bleed on.”

Mark Hanis, President of Genocide Intervention Network, said, “Where is Candidate Obama, who promised the American people that he would address the crisis in Sudan with 'unstinting resolve'? It will take more than rhetoric to ensure that the people of Sudan are not plunged again into war. Voters demand that the president and his administration do the right thing.”

Mark Lotwis, Acting President of the Save Darfur Coalition, said, “It is disturbing to hear that the there is no sense of urgency in the Obama administration in implementing an effective Sudan policy. I recently returned from Darfur and South Sudan and know that conditions on the ground have deteriorated, the Darfur Peace Process is stalled, and critical preparations for the referendum are not being made. The president needs to provide his entire team—Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Rice and Special Envoy Gration—with a new direction that makes all of Sudan an urgent priority now.”

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Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough's strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a "3P" crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. Visit www.enoughproject.org

Genocide Intervention Network –Genocide Intervention Network is working to build the first permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to stop genocide when it occurs. Accessible online at www.GenocideIntervention.net, Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals with the tools to stop genocide.

The Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to promote peace throughout the Darfur region and all of Sudan. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Sudan. Please join the movement at www.SaveDarfur.org

Stop Genocide Now/i-ACT is a grassroots community dedicated to working to protect populations in grave danger of violence, death and displacement resulting from genocide. Through active education, advocacy and policy change SGN resolves to change the way the world responds to genocide. All of our projects focus on and utilize the strength and power in grassroots connectivity.  For information, visit www.stopgenocidenow.org.

Investors Against Genocide is a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing mutual fund and other investment firms to change their investing strategy so as to avoid complicity in genocide. The organization works with individuals, companies, organizations, financial institutions, the press, and government agencies to build awareness and to create financial, public relations, and regulatory pressure for investment firms to change. The ultimate goals are that the Government of Sudan ends its deadly genocide in Darfur and that investment firms avoid investing in genocide. For more information, visit www.investorsagainstgenocide.org .

Report: What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy Toward Sudan, and How to Fix It

Date: 
Jul 20, 2010
Author: 
John Prendergast

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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, +1-202-386-1618
 

Report: What's Wrong with U.S. Policy Toward Sudan, and How to Fix It

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Enough Project has released a new report that argues that U.S. policy is not contributing in a meaningful way to creating peace and justice in Sudan, and suggests alternative steps that officials can take to make peace in Sudan a reality.

With only six months until the self-determination referenda for South Sudan and Abyei, the report describes how U.S. policymakers have failed to act decisively to prevent a return to war between North and South Sudan, or to resolve the escalating conflict in Darfur.

In the report, titled, “What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy Toward Sudan, and How to Fix It,” Enough Co-founder John Prendergast argues that the words and actions of U.S. officials have undermined the administration’s influence in Sudan, just when its efforts are needed most.

“The time has come for an urgent rethink of how the United States can contribute to peace in Sudan now, building on the lessons of the recent past,” writes Prendergast.

The report outlines four specific areas where U.S. policy is off course. These include a flawed peace process in Darfur, a hands-off approach to critical negotiations to prevent renewed North-South war, the role of the Unites States in building leverage for peace, and justice as an essential component of sustainable peace.

“The United States made a major contribution to peace-making in Sudan in the past decade,” argues Prendergast. “Sadly, the Obama administration is not building on the lessons of past success and thus is not positioning itself to play the role that is needed in averting all-out war in 2011.”

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

 

 

Rights Groups Respond to New 'Genocide' Arrest Warrant for President Bashir

Date: 
Jul 13, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

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Contacts:

Janessa Goldbeck, goldbeck@genocideintervention.net, 202-559-7405
Neelam Mohammed, nmohammed@savedarfur.org, 202-556-2114
Joshua Berkman, jberkman@ajws.org,212-792-2893
Jenn Sturm,jsturm@enoughproject.org, 202-351-1892 
 

Rights Groups Respond to New 'Genocide' Arrest Warrant for President Bashir

International community must bring Bashir and other indictees to justice and prevent violent retaliation by Bashir regime

WASHINGTON, D.C. Four human rights advocacy organizations - the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress,  Genocide Intervention Network, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the American Jewish World Service - jointly issued the following statement in response.

The issuance of a second arrest warrant for President Al-Bashir for three counts of genocide requires the international community to fully support the ICC and renew its efforts to apprehend him and all others wanted by the ICC for crimes committed in Darfur. The Government of Sudan should immediately turn over President al-Bashir to face trial in The Hague. Barring this unlikely cooperation, the United States and the international community should work together to ensure Bashir’s swift arrest.

After the ICC issued the first warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest in March 2009, President Bashir evicted more than a dozen international aid groups from Sudan, putting thousands of lives at risk. The international community did little to challenge this retaliation, and critically needed services, including aid for survivors of sexual violence, were lost and never replaced in Darfur. President Obama, the UN Security Council, and other world leaders must make it clear to President Bashir that any new retaliation against humanitarian efforts will be met with clear consequences. Sudanese civilians should not be targeted as justice is pursued for those who have died and suffered in Darfur.

The Bashir regime's decades of crimes must end. While risk of a return to full-scale, national war grows and a referendum for southern Sudanese self-determination draws near, the Obama administration should put in action the consequences and pressures it promised for the lack of measurable progress and continued backsliding on key benchmarks by the Government of Sudan and other parties. The United States also needs to intensify its diplomatic efforts to find a path to peace in Sudan, with support from President Obama and other senior members of his foreign policy team.

“Accountability is a fundamental component of sustainable peace in Sudan,” says John Prendergast, Co-Founder of the Enough Project. “President Obama should make abundantly clear his unequivocal support for peace rooted in justice in Sudan by sending the message that consequences will result from any retaliation against Sudanese civilians as a result of this warrant, and by building stronger international support for this warrant.”

“The American people are expecting President Obama to fulfill his campaign promises and forcefully support the ICC and protect civilians in Sudan,” says Mark Hanis, President of the Genocide Intervention Network. “The United States government should reaffirm its support for the ICC’s pursuit of justice in Darfur and should work together with UN Security Council and ICC member states to ensure the swift enforcement of this and all ICC arrest warrants for those accused of atrocities in Darfur, including al-Bashir.”

“The United States and broader international community must vigilantly monitor for any threats or acts of violence or other repression against civilians, Sudanese human rights activists, aid workers or peacekeepers,” says Mark Lotwis, Acting President of the Save Darfur Coalition. “While pushing for al-Bashir’s apprehension, the Obama administration must lead efforts to prevent a repeat of the merciless and cruel retaliation by the Khartoum regime last year.”

“Today’s decision comes at a perilous time for the Sudanese people,” said American Jewish World Service (AJWS) president Ruth Messinger. “The Obama administration’s vigilance in implementing the accountability mechanisms central to its Sudan policy is critical to ensure this decision is not used as a pretext to punish civilians and interrupt life-saving aid.”

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Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough's strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a "3P" crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. Visit www.enoughproject.org

Genocide Intervention Network –Genocide Intervention Network is working to build the first permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to stop genocide when it occurs. Accessible online at www.GenocideIntervention.net, Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals with the tools to stop genocide.

The Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to promote peace throughout the Darfur region and all of Sudan. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Sudan. Please join the movement at www.SaveDarfur.org.

American Jewish World Service – American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community. Visit www.ajws.org.

Apple Ad Spoof Reveals Dirty Secret Shared by Mac and PC

Date: 
Jun 28, 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new video spoof of Apple’s classic “Get a Mac” ad campaign reveals that Mac and PC share a dirty secret.

Here’s what Apple’s classic “Get a Mac” ads don’t tell you: both Macs and PCs help fuel war in the Congo – the deadliest war in the world.

Actress/director Brooke Smith and cinematographer Steven Lubensky created a version of the ad for the Enough Project to show how both Macs and PCs help fuel war in the Congothe deadliest war in the world. They teamed up with actors Joshua Malina and John Lehr to create a version that wittily explains how.

The conflict in eastern Congo is fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals essential to our electronic products. More than five million people have died as a result, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade in what experts term “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. The armed groups perpetuating the violence earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year by trading in four main minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. These minerals are used in virtually every electronics product on the market today – from our cell phones and digital cameras to our laptops and fax machines – including Macs and PCs.

Because consumer demand to buy conflict-free products will help create a market for them, the Enough Project invites people to share the one-minute spoof video with friends, in hopes it will go viral. And it’s off to a roaring start.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof premiered the video in his op-ed column for the Sunday, June 27 edition of The New York Times. “Electronics manufacturers have tried to hush all this up. They want you to look at a gadget and think ‘sleek,’ not ‘blood,’” writes Kristof.

On Monday, The Huffington Post spotlighted the video on its homepage, with a link to an op-ed by Brooke Smith and Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast, “Hello, I’m a Mac, and Here’s How I Help Fuel the World’s Deadliest Conflict.”

High-tech tastemakers Gizmodo, ComputerWorld, GottaBeMobile, and Fast Company have featured the video, too. And in its daily Idea Feed for June 28, Big Think asks, “Are Phones the New Blood Diamonds?

To learn more and take action, visit: wwww.raisehopeforcongo.org.

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, and Somalia. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org

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