Fourteen major U.S. faith-based groups including the National Association of Evangelicals, Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries, and American Jewish World Service, have written a letter to Members of Congress in support of HR 1692: The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013.
The letter points out that the Act comes at a critical time, ten years since the start of genocide in Darfur and as attacks in Darfur and other parts of Sudan are increasing.
The groups write:
“As the overall situation in Sudan continues to deteriorate, it is imperative that the United States increase pressure on the government to end violence and allow unfettered access for humanitarian aid. The Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act is essential to creating a plan that addresses both the ongoing violence and root causes of conflict in Sudan.”
The Act, introduced by Representatives Jim McGovern, Frank Wolf, and Michael Capuano, would require the U.S. government to create a strategy focused on all of Sudan, demand free and unfettered access for international humanitarian aid to all parts of Sudan, support Sudanese aspirations for democratic reforms, expand sanctions to those who assist the Government of Sudan in committing serious human rights abuses, seek more efficient enforcement of existing sanctions, provide genuine accountability, and reinvigorate sustainable peace efforts that can end Sudan’s multiple crises.
The faith groups call upon Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2013. Add your voice to theirs and send a message to your Representative today.