Letter to UNSC for Sudan on 7th anniversary of ICC warrants

March 5, 2016

March 4, 2016


H.E. Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins
Permanent Representative, Mission of Republic of Angola to the UN
President, United Nations Security Council (March 2016)
820 2nd Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017


Your Excellency,


We, the undersigned 116 representatives of Sudanese and international humanitarian and human rights
organizations and advocates, write to you in your capacity as President of the UN Security Council
(UNSC) for March 2016 to request your assistance in bringing before the UNSC the outstanding arrest
warrants for President Bashir of Sudan, the first of which was issued 7 years ago today on March 4,
2009, for the purpose of encouraging cooperation by the members of the UNSC and all UN member
states to facilitate the immediate arrest of Bashir and all those indicted for crimes committed against
the people of Darfur in order, as the Rome Statute states, to “put an end to impunity...and to contribute
to the prevention of such crimes” in Sudan and throughout the world.


The failure of the UN member states to arrest Bashir has caused great suffering for the people of Sudan,
the region and the world:


 African Islamic University in Khartoum serves as a hub for training Islamists and extremists that
operate in Nigeria, Somalia and in other parts of Africa and the Middle East; the regime supports
the Muslim Brotherhood and Joseph Kony; and it provides arms to the Islamist rebels in Libya
while fueling conflict in South Sudan.


 According to UNHCR, the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sudan has climbed to
2,342,979 and those who have sought refuge in other countries from state sponsored violence
totals 640,919.


 Camps for IDPs and refugees from Darfur are being attacked and/or dismantled, leaving
residents defenseless and homeless.


 Massive attacks, including aerial bombardment, in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur have been
ongoing since January 15, 2016.


 Villages are being burned in El Geneina, the capital of Western Darfur State.


 Bombing and a massive government military campaign are underway in the Nuba Mountains
and Blue Nile state, where, along with other locations in Southern Kordofan, crimes against
humanity are rampant.


 Life-saving international humanitarian aid is denied by the government to its victims throughout
Sudan including Eastern Sudan.


 Dams are being built in Sudan in specific locations designed to eliminate Nubian cultural sites.


 Basic freedoms are denied throughout Sudan and those who question the regime face
detention, torture and death.

 

Today, while you meet with your colleagues inside the United Nations, we will be in front of the UN,
representing the victims of Bashir and calling for his immediate arrest. Today in Sudan, millions of
people are hungry, hurting and living in fear, and they are looking to you to stand on their behalf at a
time when they feel hopeless and forgotten. Please put intense pressure on the Sudan government to
stop aerial bombardment in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and in Blue Nile state and to end all attacks on
civilians, especially those in IDP camps. In addition, please require that the Sudan government allow
international humanitarian aid to reach Sudanese who are in such desperate need throughout the
country.


The future of Sudan can look much different than its past, but it will take the courage and resolve of
leaders like you to uphold international law and to send a message to criminals world-wide that crimes
against humanity, war crimes and genocide will not be tolerated. Instead, through your actions and by
arresting Bashir, the world will see that the United Nations is committed to maintaining international
peace and security, upholding justice, and protecting the fundamental dignity and human rights of all
people.


CC:
H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
Amb. Samantha Power, Permanent U.S. Representative to the UN
Amb. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN
Amb. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the UN
Amb. Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the UN
Amb. Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN
Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the UN
Amb. Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN
Amb. Dato’ Ramlan Ibrahim, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN
Amb. Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the UN
Amb. Fodé Seck, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to the UN
Amb. D. Román Oyarzun Marchesi, Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN
Amb. Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN
Amb. Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN
Amb. Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN

 

Signed by:


Act for Sudan, Martina Knee, Co-Founder, USA


Ahmed H. Adam, Visiting Fellow, Institute for African Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA


Motasim Adam, Human Rights Activist, Brooklyn, NY, USA


African Freedom Coalition, Al Sutton, President, New York, NY, USA


Alliance of Sudanese Opposition Forces, Adam Abu Altaiman,Canada

 

American African Foundation Against Torture, Inc, Zainelabdin E. Osman, President , Mohamed Y.
Khalifa, Secretary General, Schenectady, NY, USA


American Friends of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (AFRECS), Richard Parkins,
Executive Director, Alexandria, VA, USA


Association of the Sons of Darfur in the City of Tucson, Abuelgasim Salih, ChairmanTucson, AZ, USA


Beja Organization for Human Rights and Development, Ibrahim Ahmed, Herndon, VA, USA


Blue Nile Association For Peace and Development, Omer Abdelsawi Omer, Mulberry, FL, USA


Blue Nile Youth Associated Organization for Peace and Stability (BNOPS), Hashim Orta Adaw, Blue Nile,
Sudan


Brooklyn Coalition for Darfur & Marginalized Sudan, Laura Limuli, Coordinator, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Brooklyn For Peace, Charlotte Phillips, M.D., Chairperson, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Caceres-Neuffer Genocide Action Group, Prof. John H. Weiss, Founder/Director, Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY, USA


Carl Wilkens Fellowship, Beth Woskow McDaniel, Advisory Board, Redondo Beach, CA, USA


Dr. Frank Chalk, Professor of History and Director, The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human
Rights Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Christian Solidarity International-USA, Rev. Heidi McGinness, Director of Outreach, Denver, CO, USA


Church Alliance for a New Sudan, Faith J. H. McDonnell, Director, Washington, DC, USA


Collectif Urgence Darfour, Dr. Jacky Mamou, Chairman, Paris, France


The Baroness Cox, House of Lords and President of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, London, UK


DAAM-UK, Ali Abdelatif M. Hussein, London, UK


Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, Daowd Salih, Board President, Falls Church, VA, USA


Darfur Action Group of South Carolina, Dr. Richard Sribnick, Chairman, Columbia, SC, USA


Darfur Alert Coalition, Dr.Ali Dinar, President, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Darfur and Beyond, Cory Williams, Phoenix, AZ, USA


Darfur Association, Ismail Adam, Canada


Darfur Bar Association, Abdelrahman Gasim, External Relations Secretary, Sudan


Darfur Community Organization, Bakheit A. Shata, Founder and Executive Director, Omaha, NE, USA


Darfur Interfaith Network, Martha Boshnick, Co-Chair, Washington, DC, USA


Darfur People’s Association of New York, Mohamed Haroun Ebead, President, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Darfur Women Action Group, Niemat Ahmadi, Founder/President, Washington, DC, USA


Dear Sudan, Love Marin, Gerri Miller, Coordinator, Tiburon, CA, USA


Democratic Unionist Party, Abubakr Sidahmed, Canada


The Rt. Rev. Julian M. Dobbs, Missionary Bishop, Convocation of Anglicans in North America, McLean,
VA, USA

 

Doctors to the World, C. Louis Perrinjaquet, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Breckenridge, CO, USA


Aicha Elbasri, former Spokesperson for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur
Caroline Faria, Assistant Professor, UT Austin, Austin, TX, USA


Genocide No More–Save Darfur, Marv Steinberg, Coordinator, Redding, CA, USA


Genocide Watch, reg Stanton, President, Research Professor, School for Con ict Analysis and
Resolu on, eorge Mason University, Arlington, A, USA


Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide, Melanie Nelkin, Chair, Atlanta, GA, USA


Government Accountability Project, Beatrice Edwards, International Program Director, Washington, DC,
USA


Group Against Torture in Sudan-GATS, Mohamed Elgadi, Acting Secretary, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Harry Potter Alliance, Matt Maggiacomo, Executive Director, Cranston, RI, USA


Help Nuba, Rabbi David Kaufman,Co-Chair, Des Moines, IA, USA


Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND), Abdalmageed S. Haroun, President,
Brooklyn, NY, USA


Human Rights and Development Organization (HUDO), Bushra Gamar Hussein - CEO, Kampala, Uganda


Humanity Is Us, Kimberly Hollingsworth, Founder, New York, NY, USA


Institute for the Study of Genocide, Dr. Ernesto Verdeja, Executive Director, US


International Justice Project, Monica Feltz, Executive Director, Newark, NJ, USA


Investors Against Genocide, Eric Cohen, Chairperson, Boston, MA, USA


Institute on Religion and Democracy, Mark Tooley, President, Washington, DC USA


Italians for Darfur, Antonella Napoli, President, Rome, Italy


Jewish World Watch, Mike Brand, Director of Policy and Programs, Encino, CA, USA


Jews Against Genocide, Sharon Silber, Co-Director, New York, NY, USA


Joining Our Voices, Slater Armstrong, Founder/Director, Baton Rouge, LA, USA


Lehman Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Dr. Victoria Sanford, Director, Bronx, NY, USA


Long Island Darfur Action Group, Nancy Walsh, Coordinator, Farmingdale, NY, USA


Massachusetts Coalition for Darfur, William Rosenfeld, Director, Boston, MA, USA


Mukesh Kapila, former Head of the UN in Sudan (2003-2004), Geneva, Switzerland


Gill Lusk, Writer on the Sudans, London, UK


Martin Technical Services’ Access Coalition Project, Deborah Martin, Director, Nashville, TN, USA


National Religious Leaders of African Ancestry, Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Chairperson, Brooklyn, NY,
USA


Never Again Coalition, Lauren Fortgang, Co-Chair, Portland, OR, USA


New York Coalition for Sudan, Eileen Weiss, Co-Founder, New York, NY, USA

 

New York Darfur Vigil Group, Helga Moor, Coordinator, New York, NY, USA


Nuba Mountains Advocacy Group - USA, Gogadi Amoga, Chair, Amelia, OH, USA


Nuba Mountains International Association, Fadlallah Hassan, Canada


Nuba Mountains International Association USA, Komi Alaiaiser, President, Lorton, VA, USA


Nuba Mountains Peace Coalition, Tito Elgassai, Dallas, TX, USA


Nuba Now Campaign, Claire Vera, London, UK


Nubia Project, Nuraddin Abdulmannan, President, Washington, DC, USA


Operation Broken Silence, Mark C. Hackett, Executive Director, Memphis, TN, USA


Our Humanity in the Balance, Terry Nickelson, Executive Director, Deming, NM, USA


Pax Christi Metro New York, Rosemarie Pace, Director, New York, NY, USA


People4Sudan, Valerie Delacretaz, Global Coordinator, Geneva, Switzerland


Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, David Rosenberg, Coordinator, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), W. Mark Koenig, Director, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations,
Louisville, KY, USA


Martin Raffel, Human Rights Activist, former Senior Vice President of the Jewish Council for Public
Affairs, East Brunswick, NJ, USA


Eric Reeves, Sudan Researcher, Author of Compromising with Evil: An Archival History of Greater Sudan,
2007 – 2012 (eBook, 2012), Northampton, MA, USA


Republican Brotherhood, Buthaina Terwis, Calgary, Canada


Hawa Abdalla Salih, Human Rights and Women’s Rights Activist, Recipient, 2012 U.S. Secretary of
State’s International Women of Courage Award, Philadelphia, PA, USA


San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, Mohamed Suleiman, President, San Francisco, CA, USA


Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC, USA


Skills for Nuba Mountains(SNM), Lazim Suleiman El basha, Executive Director, Kauda, South Kordofan,
Sudan


Prof. Emer. Robert Skloot, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA


St. Clare's Episcopal Church, The Reverend Ronald D. Culmer, Rector, Pleasanton, CA, USA


Society for Threatened Peoples, Ulrich Delius, Africa Desk, Göttingen, Germany


Brian Steidle, Author of The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, USA


Stop Genocide Now, Katie-Jay Scott, Redondo Beach, CA, USA


Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, Dr. Eleanor Wright, Moderator, Birmingham, AL, USA


Sudan Democracy First Group, Monim Al Jak, Acting Executive Director, Kampala, Uganda


Sudan Sunrise, Thomas M. Prichard, Executive Director, Reston, VA, USA


Sudan Unlimited, Esther Sprague, Founder, San Francisco, CA, USA


Sudanese-Canadian Forum for Peace and Democracy, Elham Bakri, Toronto, Canada

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Sudanese Committee for Change, Magdi Abdulmoniem, Edmonton, Canada


Sudanese Community Church of Denver, Ayyoubawaga (Oja) B. Gafour, Episcopal Diocese of Colorado,
Denver, CO, USA

 

Sudanese Congress Party, Alharith Elhaj, Canada


Sudanese Engineers Trade Union, Hashim Mohammed Ahmed, President Elect of the Legitimate Union,
Oxford, UK


Sudanese Marginalized Forum-USA, Magid Kabashi, Chair, New York, NY, USA

 

Sudanese Women Association, Solaima Yousuf, Canada


The Elsa-Gopa Trust, Nell Okie, Director, Madison, CT, USA


The MagkaSama Project, Max Dana, Founder, Paris, France


Henry C. Theriault, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, USA
Rebecca Tinsley, Founder, Waging Peace, London, UK


Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, Author of An Oral and Documentary History
of the Darfur Genocide, Fayetteville, AR, USA


Unite for Darfur Organization, Bahar Arabie, CEO, Gaithersburg, MD, USA


United Sudanese And South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA), Dr. Henry Lejukole,
Chairman, Des Moines, IA, USA


United to End Genocide, Hon. Thomas H. Andrews, President and CEO, Washington, DC, USA


Use Your Voice to Stop Genocide RI, Sandra Hammel, Director, Portsmouth, RI, USA


Voices for Sudan, Jimmy Mulla, President and Co-Founder, Washington, DC, USA


Waging Peace, Olivia Warham MBE, Director, London, UK


Dr. James E. Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Keene State College, Keene, NH,
USA


Elhag Ali Warrag, Editor in Chief, Hurriyat Sudan, Egypt


World Peace and Reconciliation (WP&R), Tobi Indyke, Secretary, Morris Plains, NJ, USA


World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive
Director, St. Paul, MN, USA


Adeeb Yousif, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), George Mason University (GMU),
Arlington, VA, USA

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