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Congressional Hearing Today On Administration’s Sudan Policy

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Congressional Hearing Today On Administration’s Sudan Policy

Posted by Meghna Raj on December 2, 2009

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health will hold a hearing tomorrow morning on the administration’s new Sudan policy, as well as the situation on the ground. U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration, Enough Co-Founder John Prendergast, Humanity United President, Randy Newcomb and several other witnesses are scheduled to testify before the subcommittee.  Now, more than ever, is the time to increase pressure on Gration and the Obama administration. The promises President Obama made during his campaign held much promise, but his presidency has so far suffered from inaction and complacency in Sudan. If you have a Representative on the subcommittee, call them and encourage them to ask Gration the following questions:

  • When and how will the United States follow through on its promise to pressure the National Congress Party into implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, especially with regards to passing the referendum law?
  • What is General Gration’s plan to work with the United Nations and Africa Union Mediator to convene inclusive peace talks between the Sudanese government, rebel groups, and key civil society actors in Darfur?
  • Is an agreement on Darfur before the elections realistic and if not, do you think free and fair elections in Darfur are possible?
  • How will General Gration work with the U.S. delegation to the United Nations and our embassies around the world to forge the multilateral consensus needed to revitalize CPA implementation? 

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative. Tell him or her to keep up the pressure on General Gration and President Obama.

You can watch a webcast of tomorrow’s hearing here, or follow me (meghna4Enough) on Twitter starting 10 a.m. tomorrow for the latest updates.


Alec Miran contributed to this post.