WASHINGTON, D.C. – One month from a scheduled January 9 referendum in Sudan on whether the South will become independent and form a new country, a group of leading anti-genocide and human rights organizations will hold a telebriefing to provide journalists with a current update on the situation.
Briefing participants will discuss the status of preparations for the referendum including rumors of potential delays to the vote as well as an update on high-level negotiations between north and south Sudan on key flashpoint issues, including wealth sharing, border demarcation, and the status of contested areas. In addition, experts will speak to reports of increased violence against civilians, blocked humanitarian assistance and ongoing human rights abuses in Darfur.
This call is part of the Week of Action for Sudan, which includes 56 events being held by activists across the U.S. and ads targeting President Obama and world leaders in The New York Times, Politico and other prominent publications. For more information on the campaign, please visit: www.sudanactionnow.org
Thursday, December 9, 2010 – 10AM ET
John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough
Mark Hanis, President, Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition
Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
Moderated by: Sam Bell, Executive Director, Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition
Contact Cosabeth Bullock (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-478-6128) for call-in information.
Please note: Link to audio tape of call will be available at approximately 1 PM ET.
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.