Sudan: Joint statement by non-governmental organizations calling on the United Nations to act in the event of a crisis
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Sudan: Joint statement by non-governmental organizations calling on the United Nations to act in the event of a crisis

We, the undersigned, leaders of more than 50 humanitarian and human rights organizations, together sound the alarm for Sudan, where disaster is unfolding before our eyes. Fighting continues across the country, accompanied by brutal sexual violence and deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians; journalists and human rights defenders are silenced. This country, which stood on the edge of the precipice, fell into the abyss of mass crimes.

Since April, when hostilities broke out in the capital Khartoum, more than five million people have been forced to flee their homes; hundreds of thousands of others may soon be forced to do the same. Many people now live in camps with limited access to humanitarian aid, few educational opportunities for their children and almost no psychosocial support to help them cope with their traumatic experiences.

In Sudan, more than 20 million people – or 42 percent of the population – now face acute food insecurity, with six million on the brink of starvation. At least 498 children have already died of starvation. Clinics and doctors were targeted in attacks across the country, destroying 80 percent of the country’s main hospitals.

Hate speech, especially that which encourages the targeting of communities based on the color of their skin, is always alarming in itself. But in Sudan, the social fabric is increasingly fractured, with fighters targeting civilians based on their ethnicity. Survivors of sexual violence in Darfur reported that their rapists told them: “ we hope you will carry our babies “. That’s why we fear the worst.

Twenty years after the horrors of Darfur shocked our conscience, the world is not acting in time.

So far, mediation efforts have not deterred the warring parties in Sudan from continuing to commit unprecedented abuses. We call for a more unified and representative approach to the voices and views of Sudanese civilians, including those of women, youth and representatives of the “periphery”, who are too often marginalized.

We are determined to work together to get more aid for Sudanese civilians, show more solidarity and pay more attention to their needs. The United Nations has appealed for contributions to boost humanitarian aid in Sudan, but funding remains woefully inadequate, reaching only 25% of the total needed. In addition, the various warring parties in Sudan continue to undermine efforts to safely deliver aid. Donors should increase funding for humanitarian aid, both for local organizations and international groups, which provide much-needed aid to Sudan and neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, the cost of inaction only grows.

The UN Security Council should move from words to action and start negotiations on the adoption of a new resolution on Sudan; This resolution should address the climate of impunity, reiterate that international law requires safe and unimpeded humanitarian access, and redirect international efforts to better protect the most vulnerable people in Sudan. The consequences of inaction are too serious to even imagine.

Signatory organizations

  1. Act for Sudan – Eric Cohen, Co-Founder
  2. Africans for the Horn of Africa – Stella Ndirangu, Coordinator
  3. Amnesty International – Agnès Callamar, Secretary General
  4. Association of Sudanese American Teachers in America (ASAPA) – Beckry Abdel-Magid, Secretary
  5. Atrocites Watch – Dismas Nkunda, President
  6. Carter Center – Paige Alexander, President
  7. African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) – Mossaad Mohamed Ali, Executive Director
  8. Center for Peacebuilding and Democracy in Liberia (CEPEBUD-Liberia) – Florence N. Flomo, Executive Director
  9. Center for Civilians in Conflict Situations (CIVIC) – Udo Jude Ilo, executive director
  10. International Rescue Committee (IRC), David Miliband, President
  11. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – Jodie Ginsberg, President
  12. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – Jan Egeland, Secretary General
  13. Consortium for Gender, Security and Human Rights – Carol Cohn, Director
  14. Darfur Diaspora Association Group in the United Kingdom – Abdallah Idriss, Director
  15. Darfur Women Action Group – Niemat Ahmadi, founding president
  16. DefendDefenders – Hassan Shire, CEO
  17. EG Justice – Tutu Alicante, Executive Director
  18. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – Eléonore Morel, Director General
  19. Freedom House – Michael J. Abramowitz, President
  20. Genocide Warning – Gregor Hoffman, President
  21. Global Center for Protection Responsibility – Savita Pawnday, Executive Director
  22. Global Survivors Fund – Dennis Mukwege, President
  23. GOAL – Siobhán Walsh, President
  24. HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) – Mark Hetfield, President
  25. HUDO Center (Organization for Human Rights and Development) – Bushra Gamar, Executive Director
  26. Human Rights Watch, Tirana Hassan, Executive Director
  27. iACT – Sara-Christine Dallain, Managing Director
  28. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) – Bahey El Din Hassan, Director
  29. George W. Bush Institute – David Kramer, Executive Director
  30. Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights – Felice Gaer, Director
  31. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University) – Kyle Matthews, Director General
  32. Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Crimes (Binghamton University) – Kerry Whigham, Co-Director
  33. InterAction, Anne Lynam Goddard, Interim President
  34. Legal Action Worldwide – Antonia Mulvey, Founder and CEO
  35. MADRE, Yifat Susskind – CEO
  36. Mercy Corps – Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, Executive Director
  37. World Federalist Movement (Canada) – Alexandre MacIsaac, Executive Director
  38. World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy (WFM/IGP) – Amy Oloo, Executive Director
  39. The Never Again Coalition – Lauren Fortgang, Director
  40. Nothing to do with genocide – Simon Billenness, director
  41. Nobel Women’s Initiative – Maria Butler, Executive Director
  42. Nonviolent Peacekeepers – Tiffany Easthom, Executive Director
  43. Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Mark Malloch-Brown, President
  44. OutRight International – Maria Sjödin, CEO
  45. Doctors for Human Rights – Saman Zia-Zarifi, Executive Director
  46. Plan International – Stephen Omollo, President
  47. Project Expedite Justice – Cynthia Tai, Executive Director
  48. Public International Law and Policy Group – Paul R. Williams, President
  49. Refugees International – Jeremy Konyndyk, President
  50. Regional Center for Training and Development of Civil Society (RCDCS) – Mutaal Girshab, Director General
  51. Society for vulnerable peoples – Roman Kühn, director
  52. Sudan Transparency and Policy Tracker – Suliman Baldo, Executive Director
  53. Sudan Unlimited – Esther Sprague, Founding Director
  54. Sudan American Public Relations Association – Fareed Zein, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  55. The Sentry – John Prendergast, Co-Founder
  56. Sudanese Educated in the USA Association (USESA) – Samah Salman, President
  57. Vital Voices – Alyse Nelson, President

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