Despite the secession of South Sudan from the north, President Omar al-Bashir continues to terrorize the Sudanese people, bombing villages and blockading humanitarian aid from entering targeted areas. The military attacks have displaced civilians, preventing crop production and placing 500,000 people at the risk of starvation.
The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4169) seeks to end Bashir’s campaign of violence and help the Sudanese people. The law would increase engagement with other stakeholders with influence in Sudan; provide assistance to afflicted areas in the country; create tough sanctions to target any person or entity that assists in any way with the exercise of serious human rights violations, including interfering with humanitarian aid, permitting impunity, or providing money, goods or military equipment to the government of Sudan; and would create benchmarks for ending sanctions should the Sudanese government choose to end the violence against its own people and seek peace.
In 2003, the international community let Bashir get away with killing 300,000 Darfuris based on ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and disputes over land. We must learn from history and stop Bashir before the current conflict escalates even further.
Leviticus (19:16) implores us not to stand idly by the blood of our neighbor. Whether our neighbor is next door or half-way around the world, our moral obligation to assist those in need is clear.
Urge your Representative to support the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4169). The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202-224-3121, or you can send an e-mail by entering your zip code below.
For more information about Sudan, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Deborah Goldberg at 202-387-2800.
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