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As Voting in Sudan Ends, Advocacy Groups Discuss How Obama Administration and Congress Should Fix Faltering U.S. Policy

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As Voting in Sudan Ends, Advocacy Groups Discuss How Obama Administration and Congress Should Fix Faltering U.S. Policy

Posted by Jonathan Hutson on April 15, 2010

 

Contact:
Jonathan Hutson, the Enough Project, 202-386-1618, jhutson@enoughproject.org
Mame Annan-Brown, Genocide Intervention Network, 347-564-2936, annan-brown@genocideintervention.net
Andrea Clarke, Save Darfur Coalition, 202-460-6756, andrea@savedarfur.org
Julia Thornton, Humanity United, 650-587-2030, jthornton@humanityunited.org

 

ADVISORY: As Voting in Sudan Ends, Advocacy Groups Discuss How Obama Administration and Congress Should Fix Faltering U.S. Policy

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As polling concludes in Sudan, amid continued reports of electoral rigging and widespread political oppression, leading human rights organizations are conducting a series of press briefings hosted by Sudan Now, a campaign led by several of the participants.

Friday’s call will include speakers John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Project at Center for American Progress; Mark Lotwis, Acting President, Save Darfur Coalition; Omer Ismail, Enough Project Advisor; Mohamed Suleiman, President of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition; and moderator Eric Cohen, Chairperson of Investors Against Genocide.

Sudan Now’s press calls are being held each day this week at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The calls are largely devoted to questions from journalists after very brief opening statements from the guest speakers. According to the Sudan Now campaign, the current implementation of the U.S. policy on Sudan has not addressed a number of extremely concerning developments including clear indications that the national election is neither free nor fair, ongoing government attacks that have killed hundreds and displaced thousands in recent months, and ongoing obstruction by the Government of Sudan in access for aid workers and UN investigators to Darfur.

 

WHEN:
Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time

 

WHO:
John Norris, Executive Director, Enough Project
Omer Ismail, Advisor, Enough Project
Mohamed Suleiman, President, San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition
Eric Cohen, Chairperson, Investors Against Genocide
Mark Lotwis, Acting President, Save Darfur Coaliton

DIAL IN NUMBER:
US/Canada Dial-in #:
(877) 210-8943 – Conference ID # 68487901
Int'l/Local Dial-In #: (706) 902-0621 – Conference ID # 68487901

Please note: Link to audio tape of call will be available at approximately 1 PM ET. Photography and broadcast quality recent b-roll from IDP camps are now available for general use at http://bit.ly/bgjPYr. Photography of Monday’s student protest at the State Department is available at http://bit.ly/c4ueOb.

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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 and top U.S. administration officials 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, Stop Genocide Now, and Investors Against Genocide.