COMMENTARY: Don’t Cut International Humanitarian Assistance

Genocide expert Daniel Goldhagen has shown that genocide — which includes deliberate famine and other silent killing campaigns — has occurred more than 70 times since 1900 with a death toll of at least 127 million, outnumbering the casualties of all of mankind’s 20th century wars. It is no wonder that Goldhagen calls genocide an “urgent first order global problem.” » Read more

GI-NET/SDC: SUDAN’S PRESIDENT BASHIR EXPANDS VIOLENCE TO BLUE NILE WHILE U.S. STANDS SILENT

(Washington, DC) – Tom Andrews, President of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition issued this statement today following reports of attacks by Sudan government forces in Blue Nile, Sudan:

“The United States and international community’s inaction is allowing Sudan’s president and wanted war criminal Omar al-Bashir to spread his campaign of violence from Darfur to Abyei, South Kordofan and now into Blue Nile. Despite reports of ethnic targeting, indiscriminate bombing that is maiming and killing civilians, and massive displacement leaving hundreds of thousands in critical need of humanitarian aid, our government remains largely on the sidelines. It is past time for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to demonstrate moral leadership and act swiftly to stop Bashir’s assaults and ensure lifesaving humanitarian aid for the many women, men and children who desperately need it.” » Read more

GI-NET/SDC: UNITED STATES MUST USE EVERY INFLUENCE TO ENSURE CIVILIAN PROTECTION IN LIBYA

(Washington, DC) – Tom Andrews, President of Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition issued the following statement today:

“Libya has entered a critical and volatile juncture that includes many dangers for the civilian population. The United States and NATO action to stop Qaddafi’s offensive attacks prevented mass civilian slaughter and saved countless lives in Benghazi and other parts of Libya. The international community lived up to its responsibility to protect, but the mission to protect civilians is not complete. It is now incumbent on the United States and its international partners to help ensure that civilians are protected from violence and human rights abuses during this extremely volatile period.” » Read more

UNITED STATES MUST LEAD INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO STOP SYRIA’S BRUTAL ASSAULTS ON CIVILIANS

(Washington, DC) – The Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition today called on the United States to redouble its efforts to increase pressure on the Syrian regime through its allies and through leadership in the UN Security Council. According to human rights activists at least 2,000 Syrians have been killed in the crackdown and more than 3,000 have been ‘disappeared.’ Another 12,000 people remain in regime custody and subject to widespread torture. » Read more

Concern of conflict in Sudan touches Queens

As South Sudan was on the verge of being granted nationhood, separating itself from greater Sudan, the ripple of concerns about the conflict waging in disputed oil-rich stretches of the country were seen and felt in Queens and Brooklyn, and all over the New York City area. » Read more