Today, 120 members of Congress called on President Obama to make Sudan a foreign policy priority, hold Sudanese leaders accountable, and protect civilians from ongoing violence. Among other recommendations, the bipartisan letter included a request to enhance the current sanctions regime to target high-level officials in Sudan, and to counter gold as a major source of funding for the Sudanese government.
We want to thank Congressmen Jim McGovern and Joseph Pitts, co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, for their leadership on this letter. We also want to thank the co-chairs of the bipartisan Sudan and South Sudan Caucus, Representatives: Michael McCaul, Mike Capuano, Barbara Lee, and Jeff Fortenberry, for their leadership on Sudan issues.
Congressman McGovern said, “With today’s letter, our bipartisan coalition is calling on President Obama to make Sudan a top priority by taking new steps to protect the Sudanese people and put an end to this violent conflict.”
Thanks to all the JWW activists who took the time to encourage their Representatives to sign the letter. Your voice was heard. Several of the Representatives in our surrounding districts joined their colleagues to bring attention to the crisis in Sudan: Karen Bass, Julia Brownley, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Brad Sherman, and Maxine Waters.
We hope that this demonstration of support for the people of Sudan will highlight the continued violent oppression by the Sudanese government, and push President Obama to take stronger action to end Khartoum’s reign of terror.
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