To this day, the Sudanese government continues its long-standing policy of attacking innocent civilians. In addition to the ongoing crisis in Darfur, forces under the command of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir have carried out attacks against civilians in the disputed Abyei territory, and South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.
Throughout its offensives, the Sudanese government continues to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against its own civilians. Well over a million civilians have been displaced or severely affected by violence throughout the last two years.
Indiscriminate aerial bombardments and ground attacks are preventing farmers from planting crops in the southern border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and denial of international humanitarian aid has set up a crisis that could near famine conditions.
With the international community focused on resolving the conflicts between the north and the south, a growing conflict in Darfur was virtually ignored. In 2003, the situation exploded as the government of Sudan responded to a rebellion in the Darfur region of Sudan, beginning a genocidal campaign against civilians that resulted in the deaths of over 300,000 and the displacement of over three million Darfuris.
In 2010, the Sudanese government and the Darfuri rebels signed a ceasefire agreement and began long-term peace talks known as the Doha peace forum. During these negotiations, steps were made to provide Darfur with increased regional autonomy under the Sudanese government rather than allow it a referendum to become an independent state like South Sudan. However, since 2011, there has been no additional progress on these agreements and violence in the region continues to escalate with over 300,000 newly displaced in the first half of 2013.
Abyei: According to the 2005 peace agreement, the disputed region of Abyei was to hold a referendum on whether it wanted to join an independent South Sudan or remain part of Sudan. However, in May 2011 Sudan invaded Abyei, displacing over 110,000 civilians and leading to the deployment of a UN Interim Security Force of 4,200 peacekeepers. The referendum still has not been held and 48,000 people remain displaced.
Blue Nile and South Kordofan: According to the North-South peace agreement, two Sudanese states bordering South Sudan were supposed to carry out popular consultations about how they would fit into a new Sudan, however fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and rebels broke out in June and September 2011. Since then, the government of Sudan has utilized its military forces to launch attacks in civilian areas including targeting churches and schools as well as fields essential to the livelihood of civilians blocked by the government from international aid.
The Sudanese government remains willing to use deadly force against the Sudanese people to further his own political goals. We call on the U.S. government to respond to the Sudanese government’s atrocities against civilians by:
Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, the same man responsible for genocide in Darfur has continued his attacks on Darfur and expanded his killing into the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile – slaughtering men, women and children and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
Throughout its offensives, the Sudanese government continues to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against its own civilians. The people of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile need you to take action. Now.
We can not stand by and watch as Bashir gets away with murder. Please tell Secretary of State John Kerry to stop looking the other way as Bashir coninues to wage war against the people of Sudan.
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