Attacks against civilians, human rights abuses on the rise in Darfur

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Washington, D.C. – More than nine thousand Americans petitioned Secretary of State Hilary Clinton this week and thousands more are calling her today, asking her to appoint a high-level diplomat dedicated to urgently addressing the escalating crisis in Darfur. The national call-in day coincides with Secretary Clinton’s speech this morning at a UN Security Council meeting on Sudan.

“Secretary Clinton’s remarks today reinforced the importance of continued U.S. leadership to ensure civilian protection in Darfur, even as the international community focuses increasingly on North-South issues in advance of the January referenda for South Sudan and Abyei,” said Sam Bell, Executive Director of Save Darfur Coalition / GI-NET.  “A diplomat dedicated to Darfur could place much-needed focus on achieving a Darfur peace agreement, unimpeded access for humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers, and investigations of violence against civilians.”

The newly merged Save Darfur Coalition / Genocide Intervention Network (SDC/GI-NET) is mobilizing activists nationwide to call Secretary Clinton using a 1-800-GENOCIDE hotline in response to the alarming humanitarian situation in Darfur.  In recent weeks, credible witnesses have reported the arrest and detainment of at least thirteen human rights activists and bombing of villages in the mountainous Jebel Marra region of Darfur.

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The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network merged on November 1, 2010 to create a more powerful voice dedicated to preventing and stopping large-scale, deliberate atrocities against civilians. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities such as Congo and Burma.  The merger creates the world’s largest anti-genocide organization, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists globally, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors with over $700 billion in assets under management.

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