By Faith McDonnell
Through our affiliation with Act for Sudan, an alliance of advocacy organizations and individual activists of which IRD is a member, IRD is working to have Sudan become an issue in the remaining Presidential debates at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Both debates include foreign policy issues, and we believe that Sudan should be one of them.
As President Obama and Governor Romney prepare for these debates, Act for Sudan’s “What about Sudan?” campaign urges concerned citizens to send them emails asking how they would act to stop ongoing mass atrocities against civilians by the government of Sudan. We urge the next President of the United States to:
- Deliver humanitarian aid to the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan and Blue Nile State, with or without UN Security Council agreement, with multilateral partners or unilaterally, and with the urgency that is required to save starving people.
- Instruct the National Security Council to accelerate decisions and related actions to protect the Nuba, Blue Nile, and Darfuri populations from air attacks and to seriously consider destroying offensive aerial assets and/or imposing a no-fly zone.
- Support an end to the regime of indicted war criminal President Bashir, and support the movement within Sudan for democratic transformation. After 23 years of mass atrocities and genocide committed by President Bashir and his government, it is long past time for the United States and the international community to stand up to Bashir.
- Demonstrate strong leadership to end Sudan’s government-sponsored violence, protect civilians in Sudan and South Sudan, and bring the perpetrators of genocide and mass atrocities to justice.
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