Posted by: APO | 22 May 2008

DARFURI DIASPORA LEADERS URGE DARFUR FOCUS DURING UPCOMING U.S. PRESIDENCY OF SECURITY COUNCIL

DARFURI DIASPORA LEADERS URGE DARFUR FOCUS DURING UPCOMING U.S. PRESIDENCY OF SECURITY COUNCIL

DLN: ‘We feel it is our responsibility to work diligently to expose the lies of the Khartoum regime as we are getting first hand information from our families and friends in Sudan.’

WASHINGTON – The Darfuri Leaders Network, a broad-based alliance representing Darfur diaspora organizations across the United States, today urged the U.N. Security Council to take immediate steps to prevent the Sudanese government from committing further genocide against Darfuri people.

In a letter delivered today to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and June Security Council President Zalmay Khalilzad, the DLN urged the Security Council to introduce a new resolution condemning the treatment of Darfuris in Khartoum following the May 10 attack on the capital by the Justice and Equality Movement. The letter also called on the council to demand full and unimpeded access to all those detained during the Sudanese government’s heavy-handed response to the attack. The letter was delivered during an Africa Action rally at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

“As Darfuri leaders, we feel it is our responsibility to work diligently to expose the lies of the Khartoum regime as we are getting first hand information from our families and friends in Sudan,” the letter states. “This is the right time to pressure the government to change its course of action and implement the already passed U.N. resolutions to accelerate the deployment of UNAMID. Any other gesture to this murderous regime is a wrong signal.”

“We are protesting the government of Sudan’s continued genocide against our people – which has now spread from Darfur to Khartoum – and ask that the international community take harsher actions against this government,” said Motasim Adam, Darfur People’s Association of New York president and DLN member. “We also demand that the U.S. and international community urge the protection of Darfuri people in Arab countries throughout the Middle East. We have heard disturbing reports from our relatives and friends that the Sudanese government is asking Arab countries to deport Darfurians back to Sudan, where they can be detained, tortured and worse.”

On Monday Save Darfur released a summary of accounts from Khartoum and Darfur of a systematic program of reprisals and retaliations conducted by the Sudanese government against Darfuris following the May 10 attack by JEM. The human rights violations detailed in the accounts include widespread detentions and disappearances, summary executions, crackdowns on Darfuri journalists and lawyers and the looting of Darfuri homes and businesses. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir virtually promised a new round of brutal attacks in Darfur when he declared on May 20 his intention to violate a Darfur ceasefire, leaving millions of civilians in the villages, cities and IDP camps in fear for their lives.


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