NAACP Urges Swift Passage Of Legislation To Address The Crucial And Continuing Humanitarian Crises

NAACP Urges Swift Passage Of Legislation To Address The Crucial And Continuing Humanitarian Crises In Sudan

APPROXIMATELY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE CURRENTLY FACE STARVATION AS A RESULT OF ACTIONS BY THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT

Recently, the Government of Sudan has shifted their tactics from direct attacks on Darfuri civilians to restricting aid from humanitarian organizations and peacekeepers. These restrictions prevent these organizations from effectively providing aid and security to Darfuri civilians who desperately rely upon it. Since July of 2011 the Government of Sudan has restricted access of the African Union / United Nation’s Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) at least 50 times. An estimated 4.7 million people are currently directly affected by the conflict in Darfur.

Although the number of deaths due to direct attacks have slowed in the Darfur region over the past couple of years over 300,000 people have been reported to be killed since 2003 and close to 1/3rd of Darfuri civilians, or 2.7 million men, women and children live in internally displaced person (IDP) camps.  Sadly, these camps often lack security and basic resources such as water, food, and medical supplies. In 2011 there were 752,000 newly displaced civilians and so far this year there have been 53,000 newly displaced. Approximately 2.8 million people have been displaced from their homes in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, and Abyei regions.

To address this crisis Congressman Jim McGovern (MA) has introduced the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4169), which is intended to create a comprehensive strategy towards ending atrocities and creating peace in Sudan. This legislation could not be more urgent:  roughly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan are at risk of starvation because of a blockade preventing food and humanitarian aid. In addition, the bombing attacks in that region which have been linked to the Sudanese government have prevented families from planting their crops. With no food and nothing to harvest, hundreds of thousands now face starvation.

The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act will address the current humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei, while continuing to assist in Darfur and other parts of Sudan. It will mandate  broad-reaching sanctions to target any government or person who supports or assists in the commission of serious human rights violations, including those who:

  • Provide any military equipment to the Government of Sudan.
  • Contribute $500,000 or more of goods or other support to the Government of Sudan or its proxies and which directly and significantly contribute to the commission of serious human rights violations;
  • Interfere with humanitarian aid;
  • Impede or threaten peace or stability in Sudan;
  • Fail to execute international arrest warrants against Government of Sudan officials.

The legislation also requires the Administration and all relevant agencies to work together and create a comprehensive strategic plan focused on all of Sudan.

THE NAACP STRONGLY SUPPORTS H.R. 4169, THE SUDAN PEACE, SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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