Appalling U.S. Silence on Bashir China Visit

Notes the Irony that Sudanese President, Wanted for Genocide, Visits China, While U.S. Envoy in Sudan Unable to Visit Darfur

Washington – United to End Genocide, a U.S. based human rights advocacy group, denounced the failure of the United States to address Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s visit to China even as the U.S. Special Envoy, visited Sudan this past weekend. Despite being wanted on charges of genocide, Bashir has been welcomed by China to attend a commemoration of the end of World War II.

Former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide, stated:

“It is simply appalling that Bashir, the man responsible for the genocide in Darfur, is being welcomed in China for a commemoration of the end of World War II, the very conflict that gave rise to the creation of the crime called genocide.

To add insult to injury, Bashir took off just days after a visit to Sudan by the U.S. Special Envoy who said he was unable to visit Darfur as planned. Yet, the United States has remained silent on the China visit and the damage it does toward furthering what the UN describes as ‘endemic impunity’ in Darfur.

Such silence not only contradicts President Obama’s stated commitment to the prevention of genocide, but is a slap in the face to the millions of people who continue to suffer from Bashir’s abuses in Darfur.”

Background: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, left on a four day visit to China on August 31st. The U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth just completed his first visit to Sudan in nearly two years to discuss bilateral issues.

According to the United Nations, some 300,000 people have been killed and three million displaced since fighting began in Darfur in 2003. Up to 210,000 have been newly displaced by violence in Darfur in 2015. Despite pending arrest warrants, Bashir has traveled to several countries including Egypt, Mauritania, and South Africa in 2015. For more on Bashir’s charges and travels go to: www.bashirwatch.org.

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