Advocacy Group Calls New Legislation to Pressure Sudan Matter of Life and Death

DEMAND FOR STRONGER U.S. RESPONSE TO SUDAN CRISIS SPURS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION (Washington, D.C.) – United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews released the following statement welcoming the introduction of the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act in the House of Representatives: “We welcome the introduction of strong bipartisan legislation to address the blockade of food and humanitarian aid and the ongoing bombing of civilians that has put the lives of 500,000 people at risk in Sudan. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, an at-large international criminal wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity, must be stopped before it is too late. “We cannot allow Washington’s attention deficit disorder to ignore the unfolding crisis that demands strong and immediate action. People are about to die in large numbers because Bashir is being allowed to use food as a weapon against innocent people. “We call on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to cast their vote for this legislation by implementing it immediately. This includes holding Bashir and his forces fully accountable with strengthened and increased sanctions, and immediately working to ensure the delivery of food to prevent mass starvation. Every hour counts. “We remember the tragedy of Darfur where hundreds of thousands of people died before the United States took action. Right now history is repeating itself. Bashir is using the same murderous tactics to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and once again the response of the U.S. government is wholly inadequate. We cannot let hundreds of thousands of men, women and children die in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile just like they did in Darfur. The President should act now to implement the provision of the bill. “We thank Congressmen Jim McGovern, Frank Wolf and Michael Capuano for their leadership on this increasingly desperate situation. We call on the Obama administration to follow in kind.”

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