Tell Congress: Stand Up for the People of Sudan
Tell your U.S. senators to support the people of Sudan.
On April 15, 2023, fighting broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) plunging the nation into a nearly unimaginable crisis. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum identified the country as sitting on the precipice of a full genocide. Since April, seven million people have been displaced, making this the planet's biggest displacement crisis. This includes about three million children.
Following Secretary of State Antony Blinken's determination that both sides are committing crimes against humanity, Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID) introduced S. Con. Res. 24.
- Calls for the appointment of a special envoy;
- Calls for sanctions against the combatants and anyone who supplies them with weapons;
- Facilitates investigations into atrocities committed; and
- Calls for the Biden Administration to work with allies to develop a diplomatic solution.
“Despite the global focus on crises in Europe and the Middle East, the dire situation in Sudan – characterized by extreme suffering, widespread destruction, and horrendous crimes – must not be overlooked. This bipartisan and bicameral resolution clearly states that the United States, alongside our allies and partners, must take strong action to end the conflict in Sudan. This includes helping the Sudanese people reclaim their country, delivering vital humanitarian aid, and preventing a full-scale genocide in Darfur,” said Senator James Risch.
“The world must act urgently to save lives and end the conflict in Sudan,” said Senator Ben Cardin. “It is imperative that the United States join with partners and allies to put in place a mechanism to protect civilians from further atrocities and press all sides to lay down their arms. The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) do not represent the people of Sudan. They have shown through their brutality and disregard for the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people that they cannot lead the country. Those who have committed crimes must be held to account. We must continue to work with the Sudanese people in support of their aspirations to establish a democratic government in Sudan.”
For More Information:
"Country Case Study: Sudan," U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
"The Dead Became Uncountable. Mass Atrocities in Sudan." U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 2024