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Support H.R. 1692, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013

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Support H.R. 1692, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013


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It has now been nearly two years since Sudan's government launched it's latest campaign of mass atrocity crimes in the country's Nuba Mountains. Continued aerial bombardment and humanitarian blockade of civilian areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states by the Government of Sudan has led to more than 900,000 Sudanese in dire need of humanitarian support. 2013 also marks the ten year anniversary since the beginning of crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan, crimes that the U.S. government found to constitute genocide and continue to this day. Over 130,000 people have fled their homes in the last few months alone, and violence continues to spread throughout Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan.

Overt the last decade, Sudan has risen through the ranks of U.S. foreign policy issues as human rights organizations, faith-based groups, and even U.S. Congressmen visited the region to learn about and highlight the crimes being committed by the Sudanese government against innocent people. In 2012 we ourselves slipped into Sudan's Nuba Mountains to shine a light on the crimes being committed there. There is no end in sight to the government-orchestrated violence in the Nuba Mountains, Darfur, or Blue Nile. The Sudanese government continues refusing to backdown despite international condemnation and concern. It is for this very reason that it is time for the U.S. government to once again take the reigns of international peace and relief efforts in Sudan.

On April 24, 2013, Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), and 22 other co-sponsors introduced H.R. 1692 – the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2013. If passed, this bill would support protection of civilians, emergency aid, and punishment for perpetrators of mass violence. This is a strong piece of legislation that needs your support to get passed.

Posted April 30, 2013
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