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This op-ed was originally published in The New York Times, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
In the early 2000s, a brutal conflict in western Sudan between the government and rebels led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Darfuris, with millions displaced as refugees. In 2004, the United States declared Sudan’s actions a genocide.
After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely forgotten about Darfur. Unfortunately, the government of Sudan has not.
This op-ed was originally published on VICE, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government’s direct role in creating the crisis.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, NOOW partner the Enough Project held a panel discussion in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill focused on Sudan and the sanctions debate surrounding that country’s ruling regime. The event, “A New Approach to Sudan,” featured a number of speakers from various backgrounds in both the government and non-government sectors.
Follow the link for an overview and video of the event.
This Thursday, May 12, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will host an international anti-corruption summit in London. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the summit, which will bring together high-level government representatives, business leaders and civil society to step up international efforts to address corruption. Last week the White House announced several steps the U.S. will take to strengthen financial transparency, and combat corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.
A link to further information follows after the jump.
Board member George Clooney presented the inaugural 2016 Aurora Prize in Armenia last month.
Click to read board member John Prendergast's profiles of the four 2016 finalists for the humanitarian award.
On Wednesday, May 4, 120 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to keep Sudan a priority in the final months of his Administration.
Click through for a link to the full letter.
On Wednesday April 27, board member John Prendergast testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as part of a hearing entitled “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”
Follow the link for a summary and video of the hearing.