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Sudan Day of Action Campaign

Join the Day of Action Campaign and tell your representative it’s the wrong time to accelerate U.S.-Sudan normalization

The United States is considering removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List as part of a path to a full normalization of relations with Sudan. However, moving at this time towards normalization ignores critical developments that affect core U.S. national security interests. This is the same regime that has conducted genocide against the people of Darfur, bombed and starved the populations in the Nuba Mountains, and denied millions of Sudanese citizens access to critical humanitarian aid. The regime has not fundamentally changed and continues to be led by the same leader President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Join the Day of Action Campaign now and tell your representative it’s the wrong time to accelerate U.S.-Sudan normalization:

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  1. Economic Crisis: Sudan has entered a new moment where a spiraling economic crisis – fueled by decades of grand corruption and gross economic mismanagement – has come to a head, sparking popular protests which have led to the deaths and imprisonment of protesters, journalists, and other independent voices. This is a moment of reckoning for the Khartoum regime.
  2. Support for Extremists: Even while sharing some intelligence with the CIA, the Sudan regime has maintained extensive ties with active extremist organizations and clerics within Sudan. Some call for jihad; others recruit or advocate for ISIS or al Qaeda. In some cases, the regime even financially supports some of these radical groups and clerics, against an historical backdrop that includes being implicated in the bombings of U.S. embassies and the USS Cole as well as hosting Osama bin-Laden for years.
  3. Religious Repression: The Sudan government continues to harshly repress Christians and some minority Muslim sects. Churches have burned, priests attacked, and congregations harassed. Just this month, government authorities in Khartoum sent a bulldozer accompanied by police to demolish a Christian church.
  4. Russia and Turkey: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir traveled to Russia to meet President Putin, during which time Bashir attacked the U.S. and offered Russia a military base on the Red Sea. Subsequently, an arms deal was concluded between the two governments. Bashir also offered a military base to Turkey at an unhelpful moment in the Gulf and as Sudan’s relations with Egypt and Eritrea are rapidly deteriorating, threatening regional stability.
  5. Genocidal Regime: This regime is responsible for the Darfur genocide and for bombing and starving residents of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Millions of Sudanese remain in displaced and refugee camps, terrified to return to their homes.
  6. Humanitarian Aid: Millions of Sudanese continue to be denied access to humanitarian aid. Aid deliveries have hardly expanded and malnutrition rates are on the rise.

Sudan Day of Action Campaign

On April 24th activists are coming together for a Day of Action to demand their Members of Congress take action and speak out against Sudan’s removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.


To join the campaign and contact your member of congress as part of this day of action on April 24th, please sign up here.

What is the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Sudan was added to the list in 1993 for supporting a wide range of terrorist entities, ranging from Al-Qaeda to the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria. Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors.

Why does the Sudanese government want to be removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

While on the SST list the United States cannot support debt relief, which is a top priority for Sudan. The designation also makes it less likely that private sector companies will do business in Sudan due to the risks associated with doing business in a country that is on the SST list. However, the main deterrent for flows of private investments and official development assistance to Sudan remain the regime’s massive corruption and absence of rule of law.

Read John Prendergast’s op-ed on why it’s the wrong time to accelerate U.S.-Sudan normalization here.

Read more about how President Omar al-Bashir and a small group of ruling elites has transformed Sudan into a violent kleptocracy here.