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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Darfur Accountability Act

Dear President Bush,

I am writing to request your strong support of the Darfur Accountability Act (S.495, H.R.1424). The actions mandated by this bill will stabilize the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan and in neighboring areas by reducing the number of deaths. It is critical that the United States act now, directly, and in support of the African Union, to stop the genocide.  Over 400,000 people have already lost their lives in this senseless tragedy. Millions of others have been displaced.

Georgia is home to many Sudanese refugees, commonly called "Lost Boys of Sudan." I have had several opportunities to talk with these men and women and those conversations have deepened my concern about the conflict in Sudan. Such instability is detrimental not only to the people of Sudan but to the world at large. As citizens of the world, we owe it to ourselves, and the people of Sudan, to stop this genocide.
 
Please support the Darfur Accountability Act and help make this possible.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Karama C. Neal

4 Comments:

Blogger Karama said...

You can write President Bush at president@whitehouse.gov. I sent similar letters to my Representative, Cynthia McKinney, and to Senators Chambliss and Isakson.

More more info, visit the following sites:

* NJ Senator Cozine introduced this legislation in March. "Specifically, the bill seeks: a new UN Security Council resolution with sanctions; concerted U.S. diplomacy to achieve an effective UN Security Council resolution; an extension of the current arms embargo to cover the Government of Sudan; the freezing of assets and denial of visas to those responsible for genocide, crimes and humanity, and war crimes; accelerated assistance to the African Union mission; a Presidential Envoy for Sudan; and a military non-fly zone in Darfur."

* Information on refugees and displaced Sudanese people in Sudan and elsewhere: http://allafrica.com/stories/200504220199.html

* Statistics on the crisis in Sudan.

* Full text of the Darfur Accountability Act.

* More info on the "Lost Boys of Sudan", many of whom live in Dekalb County, GA.

May 04, 2005  
Blogger Karama said...

This from Saxby Chambliss:

May 5, 2005

Dear Dr. Neal:

     Thank you for contacting me to share your concern for the situation in Sudan.  As you know, this is an important international issue and I appreciate hearing your thoughts.

     The ongoing crisis in the Darfur Province in western Sudan continues to raise serious concerns.  The United Nations estimates more than 200,000 have been killed, and 10,000 are dying each month.  It is estimated that 1.8 million have been internally displaced inside Sudan and 200,000 have fled to neighboring Chad.

     In early April 2004, the Government of Sudan and the rebel groups- the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) - agreed to a ceasefire and political dialogue to peacefully resolve the conflict.  The Government of
Sudan agreed to negotiate with the rebels after considerable international pressure.  The United States, along, with many other international participants, played an important role in facilitating the negotiations.  The parties observed a 45 days ceasefire, and in late May 2004, renewed the ceasefire agreement.  Unfortunately, even with a ceasefire in place, observers indicate the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.  Then, on January 9, 2005, the Sudan's People Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed an agreement to end the two-decade civil war between North and South Sudan; however, the signing of the peace accord has done nothing to alleviate the atrocities in Darfur committed by the Janjaweed militia.  Be assured that as a United States Senator I am closely following the terrible atrocities occurring in Sudan.

     On November 20, 2004, Congress passed, with my support, H.R. 4818, the "Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2005", which provided $311 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan, adding to the $95 million emergency Sudan funding approved by Congress in the fiscal year 2005 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. President Bush signed H.R. 4818 into law on December 8, 2004.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.  If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov.   Please do not hesitate to be in touch if I may ever be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Saxby Chambliss
United States Senate

May 06, 2005  
Blogger Karama said...

And this from Johnny Isakson:

"Dear Dr. Neal :

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the treatment of civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan . I appreciate your thoughts on this issue, and I am glad I have the opportunity to respond.

Over the past two years, the dire circumstances facing many civilians in Darfur have come to the attention of the global community. With this awareness, the U.S. has taken congressional action to call attention to this appalling situation and denounce the treatment of those suffering in Darfur by passing several resolutions condemning the human rights violations occurring daily in Darfur.

I am encouraged to see Congress address this disconcerting state of affairs and allocate funding with the hope of alleviating the distress of those being persecuted in Darfur. Recently, the Senate passed an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005 that will impose sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Darfur. The U.S. will continue to work with other nations to bring to an end this deplorable human rights violation and promote peace in this region, and I will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Thank you again for contacting me, and I hope you will not hesitate to call on me in the future if I can be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Senator Johnny Isakson
United States Senate

May 09, 2005  
Blogger Karama said...

Here's another Sudan-focused open letter to President Bush from Africa Action.

May 25, 2005  

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