We are very concerned about the ongoing conflict in Southern Kordofan that began on 5 June, and the devastating impact it is having on civilians. Without immediate intervention by the UN Security Council to ensure
“eyes and ears” on the ground in Southern Kordofan, the grave risks to
international peace and security presented by the ongoing crisis will
remain unchecked, and the Security Council’s ability to protect
civilians from further abuses will be substantially undermined.
We respectfully ask you to call on Democrats and Republicans in the 112th Congress to work together to strengthen America’s global standing by continuing critical humanitarian engagement and investments. This would embrace America’s values of generosity and compassion by honoring the U.S. commitment to assist and protect the world’s most vulnerable people.
Among the long list of issues that the two parties must resolve prior
to the January 2011 referendum on southern indenpendence, citizenship
and the protection of minority communities on either side of the border
have the most potential to develop into serious humanitarian crises.
We applaud your leadership and commitment to addressing sexual violence
in armed conflict. As you continue to monitor the situation in Sudan
and work to facilitate effective humanitarian operations for Darfuris
displaced in Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic, we the
undersigned organizations urge you to ensure that programming for
survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGV) is recognized as
essential and incorporated into the basic needs objectives for
humanitarian operations in the region.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
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