For Immediate Release
December 7, 2009
Eileen White Read, 202.741.6376
STATEMENT: The Enough Project Deplores Sudan's Arrest of Opposition Party Members
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress today released the following statement in reaction to news that the government of Sudan had arrested several members of the opposition political party, the SPLM:
"It was fanciful of the United States and other donor nations to think that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which has ruled Sudan with an iron fist and tolerated no peaceful dissent, would suddenly loosen its grip and allow peaceful elections and their necessary precursor: peaceful freedom of assembly," said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast.
"Today's reaction by the NCP-controlled security services demonstrates further that the U.S. should not be financing this electoral charade unless the laws are amended to allow the basics of a credible election," Prendergast continued. "President Obama should recognize that any benchmarks-based policy of incentives and pressures will have no credibility unless consequences are imposed immediately when such an obvious benchmark like today's denial of a basic element of the existing North-South peace deal — freedom of assembly for the elections — has been violated."
As Prendergast testified last week before the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: "Until the parties agree to conditions that will allow a credible election, the United States and broader international community should suspend all electoral assistance. Non-credible elections should not be financed and legitimized by American taxpayers. The parties should agree to delay the election until these CPA-mandated conditions exist, because the U.S. and international community should not recognize any election that does not meet basic standards."