On Friday, December 16, from 11am till 1pm (ET) Sudanese activists, Diaspora leaders, members of the Darfur Interfaith Network, Act for Sudan and United to End Genocide will come together at the Law office of Bart Fisher (700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005) to protest Mr. Bart S. Fisher’s lobbying efforts for indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir, and his genocidal regime in Sudan.
It is important to note that Mr. Fisher has willingly chosen to represent a dictator accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, rape, torture, extermination, and forceful transfer of civilian population), two counts of war crimes (for directing attacks against the civilian population and pillaging), and three counts of genocide. In Darfur, the United Nations reports that attacks have in fact increased over the past several years.
Fighting between the SPLM-N and Sudanese government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile started at the beginning of the planting season, and displaced over 348,000 civilians. The timing of the attacks have caused South Kordofan and Blue Nile to be on the verge of a food crisis, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are working to prevent.
Mr. Bart Fisher continues to urge the United States government to give Al-Bashir and the Sudanese government a package of incentives originally presented by the Obama Administration to encourage good behavior. These incentives include: i. Renewal of diplomatic relations, ii. Removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, iii. Lifting of economic sanctions, and iv. Support for debt relief. However, the Sudanese government has been regressive and steps toward sustainable peace have not been made. The people of Sudan have still not found justice.
In May 2011, UEG released a policy paper titled “No Rush to Reward Khartoum,” urging the U.S. to not prematurely award the Government of Sudan until concrete progress is made towards the resolution of the conflict in Darfur through the implementation of a peace agreement that addresses the fundamental grievances of the Darfuri people; an end to the ongoing violence against civilians; and a final resolve to the remaining post-referendum issues such as the status of Abyei, demarcation of the borders, as well as disagreements over citizenship, security, oil revenue, and currency.
US Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) has spoken out against Sudan hiring a Washington lobbyist stating that, “It is unconscionable that any government with blood on its hands be permitted the privilege of having a Washington lobbyist on retainer.” Read the contract between the Government of Sudan and Mr. Fisher’s lobbying firm here.
Join us at Bart S. Fisher’s Law office (700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005) on Friday, December 16, from 11am till 1pm to stand up for the voiceless in Sudan.