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Rights Groups Leaders in Juba Call for U.S. Leadership in Response to Sudan Violence

July 9, 2011

Contact: Vanessa Parra,, +1-202-904-0319             Contact:  Ann Brown,, +1-301-633-4193   Contact: Jonathan Hutson,, +1-202-386-1618

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN— The official independence of the Republic of South Sudan marks an important milestone, but intensified U.S. leadership will be required in response to recent violence, say three leaders from Sudan Now, a group of anti-genocide and human rights organizations.

Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation which has been working for peace in Sudan since 2005 said:

“Today represents a renewed opportunity for the international community to work together with the people of both Sudans to create a lasting peace. The ongoing violence in South Kordofan, the unresolved conflict in Abyei, and the agreements still pending between Khartoum and Juba need urgent and significant attention. Now, more than ever, all of us—advocates, policymakers, philanthropies—must continue to work in partnership for peace in both Sudans.”

Tom Andrews, President of Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition said:

“The celebration of South Sudan’s independence is being marred by U.S. and UN inaction while Sudan’s brutal military attacks on civilians and the blockade of life-saving food, water, medicine and fuel in South Kordofan intensifies. The Obama administration must hold north Sudan’s President Bashir accountable for attacks against civilians in South Kordofan and Darfur and lead efforts to help both Sudans achieve peace and security.”

John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, an anti-genocide group, said:

“Everyone is for peace in and between Sudan and South Sudan. The elusive question continues to be how to improve the prospects for peace. It is clear that as long as the government of Sudan can without consequence militarily occupy Abyei, bomb the Nuba Mountains, continue military operations in Darfur, and support militias in South Sudan, then there will be no peace. The U.S. should work with allies to intensify peace efforts and give leverage to those peace efforts by creating significant costs for ongoing human rights abuses and broken agreements.”


Sudan Now is a campaign led by a group of anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations committed to bringing meaningful and lasting peace to Sudan and encouraging strong American leadership and action to achieve this goal. The campaign challenges President Obama, top U.S. administration officials, and the international community to live up to their promises to take strong and immediate action to help end the international crisis in Sudan and bring a lasting peace to Sudan’s people. Organizations participating in the campaign include Humanity United, the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition, Stop Genocide Now, Investors Against Genocide, and American Jewish World Service.  For more information, please visit