Institute on Religion & Democracy Media Advisory
June 16, 2016
Contact: Jeff Walton Office: 202-682-4131, Cell: 202-413-5639, E-mail: jwalton@TheIRD.org
“Squire Patton Boggs should drop the government of Sudan as a client and the United States should maintain terrorism sanctions on Sudan. The Khartoum government is complicit in global jihad.”
– IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith J.H. McDonnell
Who: Institute on Religion & Democracy
What: Protest and Release of Documents
When: Monday, June 19, 2 p.m.
Where: 2550 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 – Squire Patton Boggs
Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) will join Sudanese activists in denouncing the Sudanese Government and urging the Trump Administration to re-impose sanctions lifted January 13 by the Obama Administration. IRD is condemning efforts by international law firm Squire Patton Boggs to help the Khartoum regime escape sanctions without addressing the ongoing targeting of civilians in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile State, and Darfur, or its persecution of minority Christians.
Sudan President Omar al Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, while his government wages war against the people of the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile State, and Darfur. Before these conflicts, the Khartoum government prosecuted wars against southern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. Amnesty International, Sudanese marginalized people groups, and others have documented human rights violations in Nubia and eastern Sudan’s Beja land, as well as support for rebel militias in South Sudan.
But IRD has evidence of another reason why Squire Patton Boggs should not take on Sudan as a client and why the United States should maintain terrorism sanctions on the Government of Sudan: leaked documents from Sudan linking the regime to ISIS.
IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:
“This is an evil government that has been responsible for the death of millions of its own citizens. It is shameful for Squire Patton Boggs to represent them.
“Our Sudanese friends, victims of this regime, have told us for years that Bashir’s government is complicit in terrorism. Now we have evidence. Squire Patton Boggs should drop the government of Sudan as a client and the United States should maintain terrorism sanctions on Sudan.
“Leaked correspondence to the leaders of al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS), and Hamas from Islamists in Sudan – including Sudan government officials – reveal support offered by the Khartoum regime to terrorist organizations. These letters, from sources that must be protected, have been provided to senior officials and agencies of the U.S. government who have deemed them authentic. Copies of these documents and translations are available upon request.
“The U.S. government understands the significance of these letters. I hope that Squire Patton Boggs does too, and understands the kind of regime that they are representing.”