Category Archives: Sudan

SUDAN: Help promote new legislation on Sudan

by Joe Maddens, United to End Genocide

Last month, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act (H.R. 4169) was introduced to the House of Representatives. Please help us make sure this important legislation passes by asking your members and networks to urge their representatives to co-sponsor.

Last summer, the Government of Sudan attacked the Sudanese regions of Abyei, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, bombing schools and congregations and driving half a million civilians from their homes. Since then, the government has blocked relief organizations from reaching the displaced. Out of food, driven from their homes and unable to farm, these 500,000 civilians are now at serious risk of starvation.

The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act asks the U.S. government for a plan addressing all related regions of Sudan, increases U.S. engagement with other influential stakeholders, and establishes new, stronger sanctions on anyone in Sudan violating human rights or blocking humanitarian aid.

Please urge your members to contact their Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. We have several tools available to help you or others spread the word and rally support:

For more information on the legislation and related initiatives, please be in touch or visit our blog.

Thank you for supporting this important piece of legislation.

SUDAN: Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor

(On Tuesday, April 3), the President authorized the use of up to $26 million from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to respond to the unexpected and urgent needs resulting from the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan.  The emergency funds will be used to support the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide lifesaving protection and assistance to the over 140,000 refugees who have fled the two states.

The United States is gravely concerned by the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, especially as the violent clashes continue along the shared border with South Sudan.  We continue to call upon the Government of Sudan to allow full and unfettered access for international humanitarian agencies to South Kordofan and Blue Nile to provide emergency assistance to those in need.

The United States continues to call upon Sudan and South Sudan to exercise maximum restraint and to reach a negotiated settlement to the outstanding issues between them.  In particular, the United States urges Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit to proceed with plans to meet in a summit to sign agreements on nationality and border issues, and to reach an agreement on oil.