We cannot let Bashir get away with murder again.
United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews and George Clooney were arrested for speaking up on behalf of the Sudanese people.
Among others detained were journalist Nick Clooney, human rights leaders John Prendergast, Ben Jealous and Martin Luther King III and one of Congress’ strongest voices for Sudan, Representative Jim McGovern.
George Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), Jim Moran (D-VA) and John Olver (D-MA), Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, and other human rights and faith leaders were arrested today for civil disobedience outside of the Sudanese Embassy while protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people.
These leaders demanded that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir immediately end the blockade that is preventing food and humanitarian aid from reaching the people of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. Bashir’s forces created the dire food shortage in the region—predicted by USAID to reach near-famine levels this month—by bombing fields and preventing villagers from planting crops in July and August last year.
After speaking on the steps of the embassy to hundreds of activists, members of Congress and activist leaders were asked by police to leave the scene. When the protest continued, officers arrested those who would not comply. Additional participants arrested in the civil disobedience included Nick Clooney, Jewish Council for Public Affairs President Rabbi Steve Gutow, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism Director Rabbi David Saperstein, Jewish World Watch Executive Director Fred Kramer, and American Jewish World Service Associate Director of Policy Ian Schwab.
Since last June Sudanese civilians have been terrorized — men, women and children have been targeted by air strikes and ground troops, their homes and crops have been destroyed, and entire communities have been burned to the ground. And now, Bashir has cut off all humanitarian aid to the region, leaving the lives of half a million people at risk by the end of March.
Failure to act in Darfur resulted in the deaths of 300,000 people. We can’t let him get away with this again.
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) and other Members of Congress have just introduced bi-partisan legislation that demands strong U.S. action to address the urgent and growing humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people.
Join the movement and urge your congressperson to co-sponsor the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2012.
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