The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is having a hearing at 1:30pm (ET) Wednesday, February 29, to discuss Foreign Policy priorities for the FY 2013 budget. Please click http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings_question.asp to submit a question to Sec. Clinton on the lack of engagement and pressure from the US on crimes against humanity being committed by the Governments of Sudan, Syria and Burma.
Please click http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings_question.asp to submit a question online and see sample questions below:
* Despite the fact the Sudanese government continues to commit atrocities in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur, the President’s FY 2013 budget includes $2.4 billion in debt relief for Sudan with the condition that they first fulfill the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and make progress in Darfur. Given the ongoing crimes against civilians taking place in Sudan, why was debt relief included in the budget and why aren’t humanitarian access and a cessation of aerial bombardment of civilians included in those preconditions?
* As you know, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is a wanted war criminal who continues to perpetrate atrocities against civilians in places like Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Recently, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice expressed concern about a possible famine in Sudan’s border areas affected by violence because Bashir has denied the international community access. What are you doing to protect civilians from Bashir’s ongoing violence & avert an escalating humanitarian disaster?
* Secretary Clinton, the death toll in Syria is on the rise as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to attack his own people. At the end of 2011, the United Nations said that at least 5,000 people had been killed, including a significant number of children. The Arab League has tried to respond to end the violence, but their action has been ineffective. What is the United States doing to address the crimes against humanity underway in Syria?
* Despite some progress related to democracy in Burma, ethnic minorities continue to be targeted by the Burmese military. What are you doing to address these ongoing atrocities? How will continued violence against civilians be factored into U.S. policies toward Burma?