This year marks the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Darfur. With the abuses spreading to other parts of Sudan, we must take action and end this horrific violence.
Today, the “Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act” was re-introduced to Congress by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). Last year, the bill received 100 co-sponsors and we aim to get all of those previous sponsors back on board, as well as work tirelessly to gain at least 50 more. To do this, we need to your help to spread the word.
The legislation will not only promote peace throughout all of Sudan, but will also allow humanitarian aid into the regions that desperately need it. It would also sanction those countries who provide military equipment to the government of Sudan, those who threaten peace or stability in the region, or those who refuse to comply with international arrest warrants against Sudanese officials, including President Omar al-Bashir.
Highlights of the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013:
Purpose: The “Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2013” would create a truly comprehensive strategy to end serious human rights violations in Sudan, promote democratic reforms, create incentives for governments and persons to end support of and assistance to the government of Sudan, and to reinvigorate genuinely comprehensive peace efforts in Sudan.
Background: 2013 marks ten years from the start of crimes in Darfur that the U.S. government found to constitute genocide. Previous legislation was passed to address the genocide in Darfur, but abuses have continued and expanded to other areas of Sudan. In February 2013, the United Nations documented that over 1.5 million people have been displaced or severely affected as a result of violence in Darfur, Abyei, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile provinces, including some 90,000 – 100,000 Darfuris newly displaced in 2012. Reports by the UN and independent monitors have documented ongoing abuses by the Government of Sudan and those it supports that “may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity”.
- Requires the Administration and all relevant agencies to work together and create a comprehensive strategic plan to end serious human rights violations, promote democratic transformation, and create peace throughout all of Sudan;
- Demands free and unfettered access for international humanitarian aid and, absent such agreement, requires the Administration to seek other mechanisms to mitigate the effects of lack of such humanitarian aid;
- Promotes free and transparent democratic reform in Sudan, including exploring methods through which the United States can provide technical support and funding for civil society and others seeking peaceful democratic change;
- Increases engagement with other stakeholders with influence in Sudan;
- Creates a broad-reaching sanctions regime to target any government or person who support or assist in the commission of serious human rights violations, including those who provide any military equipment to the Government of Sudan, impede or threaten peace or stability in Sudan or fail to execute international arrest warrants against Sudanese officials;
- Seeks more effective enforcement of existing sanctions including adequate resources and personnel and increased intelligence collection on Sudanese targets of sanctions;
- Extends to all of Sudan existing sanctions regimes included in prior enacted legislation that were specific only for “Darfur”;
- Creates tough but fair benchmarks for ending sanctions if the Government of Sudan halts the violence against its own people and works for genuine peace and democracy.