FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jonathan Hutson, the Enough Project, 202-386-1618, [email protected]
Mame Annan-Brown, Genocide Intervention Network, 347-564-2936, [email protected]
Andrea Clarke, Save Darfur Coalition, 202-460-6756,[email protected]
Julia Thornton, Humanity United, 650-587-2030, [email protected]
Sam Bell, Executive Director, Genocide Intervention Network: "The national elections are a wasted opportunity. Closing its eyes to widespread irregularities in the run up to the elections, the international community will encourage future manipulation of democratic process and violation of international agreements by Sudan's ruling party."
John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project at Center for American Progress: "As bad as the elections are, the elections are a real diversion from the issues that are going to determine whether Sudan goes back to full-scale, national war or not. By not responding robustly to the multiple violations of the electoral process, the U.S. sends a signal that emboldens the ruling National Congress Party and demoralizes the Sudanese people. We're not responding to the resurrection of the Lord's Resistance Army. We're not responding to the major offensive in Darfur, in Jebel Marra over the last couple of months that led to so many people being killed and displaced. We're not responding to the non-implementation of key provisions of the CPA, the north/south peace agreement, like border demarcation. The Obama administration rolled out the president's policy in October 2009, promising benchmarks, deputy reviews and consequences. Half a year later, we've got no sign of benchmarks. We have had one, inconclusive deputies' meeting and no consequences for all these violations.”