Please Stand with Victims of Genocide and Religious Persecution

March 8, 2018

Dear Leaders of Congress,

 

We, the undersigned 83 human rights organizations, scholars and leading activists, write to urge you to sign the attached bipartisan MOC letter to Secretary Tillerson regarding U.S. policy on Sudan.

 

Since Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, staged a coup in 1989, over 3 million people have lost their lives due to state sponsored violence, including genocide, and over 6 million have been forcibly displaced from their homes.  The radical Islamic ideology guiding the Bashir regime and its allies in terrorist networks worldwide is the greatest threat to international peace and security. 

 

The Sudan regime has not changed.  While it remains focused on changing the demographics of Sudan and stealing the resources of the country, we urge Congress and the U.S. Administration to remain just as focused on supporting the people of Sudan and their right to freedom, justice and equality.

Please consider signing the attached letter.  We understand the deadline has changed to Friday, March 9th.

 

Sincerely,

 

Act for Sudan, Eric Cohen, Co-Founder, Boston, MA

Adil Taha, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Independent Movement Organization, Fairfax, VA

African Freedom Coalition, Al Sutton M.D., President, New York, NY

American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans (AFRECS), Richard Parkins, Executive Director

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

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

Cody U. Watson, Jr., Associate Director, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, Birmingham, AL

Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action, Roz Duman, Executive Director, and Linda Farb, Vice-Chair of Board, Denver, CO

Concerned Citizens for Change, Gene Binder, Member Steering Committee, Bronx, NY

Darfur and Beyond, Cory Williams, Co-Founder, Phoenix, AZ

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

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, Founding Chairman, Genocide Watch, McLean, VA

Dr. Paul Slovic, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dr. Robert K. Hitchcock, Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Author of Genocide by Attrition: Nuba Mountains, Sudan, Editor of Sudan's Nuba Mountains, People Under Siege: Humanitarian Accounts from the Battle Zones, Fayetteville, AK

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

Empower One, Mike Congrove, Executive Director, Dallas, TX

Eric Reeves, Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Northampton, MA

Ernesto Verdeja, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Genocide, New York, NY

Help Nuba, Rabbi David Kaufman, Des Moines, IL

Henry C. Theriault, Ph.D., President, International Association of Genocide Scholars, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Henry Y. Lejukole, PhD, Chairman, United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA), Coordinator, US South Sudanese Academics and Professionals (USSSAP), Des Moines, IA,

Idaho Darfur Coalition, Marilyn Griep, Co-Founder, Boise, ID

Institute on Religion and Democracy, Faith McDonnell, Director, Church Alliance for a New Sudan, Washington, DC

International Justice Project, Monica Feltz, Esq., Executive Director, Newark, NJ

Investors Against Genocide, Susan Morgan, Co-Founder, San Francisco, CA

Ipswich Community Action, Lakshmi Linda Sirois, Co-Founder and Co-Administrator, Ipswich, MA

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

John H. Weiss, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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

Kentuckiana Taskforce Against Genocide, Phil L. Nippert, Co-Chair, and Robert Brousseau, Co-Founder, Louisville, KY

Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, William Rosenfeld, Director, Boston, MA

Mustafa Sharif, PhD., College Station, TX

Nehemiah Initiative, Gavin Gramstad, Executive Director, Washington, DC

Never Again Coalition, Lauren Fortgang, Co-Founder, Portland, OR

New York City Genocide Prevention Coalition, Staci M. Alziebler-Perkins, Convener, New York, NY

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

Nuba Christian Family Mission, James Spencer Flournoy, Director, Englewood, CO

Nubia Project, Nuraddin Abdulmannan, President, Washington, DC

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

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

Philip Tutu, Human Rights Activist, Kansas City, MO

Rev. Dr. J. Austin Watson, United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, NC

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rights for Peace Foundation, Osman Naway, Director, Kansas City, MO

Salva Ken, Scholar, University of Rochester, New York, NY

San Diego Lost Boys of Sudan, Karen Richards, President, San Diego, CA

Shine A Ray of Hope, Carmen Paolercio, Founder, New Rochelle, NY

STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, Savannah Wooten, Student Director, USA

Sudan National Forum in California

Sudan Unlimited, Esther Sprague, Founder and Director, San Francisco, CA

Sudanese Community Church, Episcopal Diocese in Colorado, The Rev. Ayyoubawaga (Oja) B. Gafour, PhD., Vicar, Denver, CO

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

The Rev. Timothy Oslovich, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Vernon, CT

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

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

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

Victoria Sanford, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Professor & Chair, Department of Anthropology, Lehman College, Director, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Doctoral Faculty, The, City University of New York, New York, NY

ACROSS, Elisama W. Daniel, Executive Director, Juba, South Sudan

Akulia Foundation, Lita Muki, Chairperson, Juba, South Sudan

Albaqir al-Affif Mukhtar (PhD), Kampala, Uganda

Al Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightment & Human Development (KACE), Albaqir al-Affif Mukhtar (PhD), Director, Uganda

BOFRAST, Martha Michael, Executive Director, Bentiu, Unity, South Sudan

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

Darfur Community Association, Mohammed Esmail, Chairperson, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

David Alton, Professor the Lord Alton, Independent Crossbench Peer, London, UK

Dialogue on South Sudan/Sudan Forum, David Mabior Atem Kuir, Chair, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. A. M. Girshab, Human Rights Consultant, ME NA Region, Khartoum, Sudan

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

Face Past for Future Foundation (FP4F), Abdelrahman Gasim, Chairperson, Kampala, Uganda

Gill Lusk, Writer on the Sudans, London, UK

Hamid E. Ali, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, The American University in Cairo, New Cairo, Egypt

Magdi Elgzouli, Human Rights Activist, Malmoe, Skane, Sweden

Majid Maali, Human Rights Lawyer, Human Rights Defenders Project, Kampala, Uganda

Mohaned Elnour, Human Rights Lawyer and Director, Justice Centre for Advocacy and Legal Consultations

Nuba Now, Claire Vera, UK

Seed for Democracy for South Sudan, Hustin Laku, Sr., Ottawa, ON, Canada

Skills for Nuba Mountains, Lazim Suleiman Elbasha, Director, Kauda, South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains, Sudan

Society for Threatened Peoples - Germany, Ulrich Delius, Director, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), Anwar Elhaj, Executive Director, Kampala, Uganda

The Baroness (Caroline) Cox, House of Lords, UK Parliament, CEO, HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust), London, UK

The Council of Dams Affected Communities, Ali Askouri, Chairman, London, UK

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

 

 

 

 

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