Press Release - Joint Statement on Bashirs 2nd Arrest Warrant 07-12-2010

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7/12/10 RIGHTS GROUPS RESPOND TO NEW “GENOCIDE” ARREST WARRANT FOR PRESIDENT BASHIR International community must bring Bashir and other indictees to justice and prevent violent retaliation by Bashir regime
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2010 CONTACTS: Jenn Sturm,    jsturm@enoughproject.org,202.351.1892Janessa Goldbeck,goldbeck@genocideintervention.net, 202.559.7405 Neelam Mohammed, nmohammed@savedarfur.org, 202.556.2114 Joshua Berkman,  jberkman@ajws.org, 212.792.2893 RIGHTS GROUPS RESPOND TO NEW “GENOCIDE”ARREST WARRANT FOR PRESIDENT BASHIR International community must bring Bashir and other indictees to justice and prevent violent retaliation by Bashir regime WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four human rights advocacy organizations - theEnough Project at the Center for  American Progress,Genocide Intervention Network, theSave Darfur Coalition, and the American Jewish World Service - jointly issued the following statement in response.The issuance of a second arrest warrant for President Al-Bashir for three counts of genocide requires theinternational community to fully support the ICC and renew its efforts to apprehend him and all otherswanted by the ICC for crimes committed in Darfur. The Government of Sudan should immediately turnover President al-Bashir to face trial in The Hague. Barring this unlikely cooperation, the United Statesand the international community should work together to ensure Bashir’s swift arrest.After the ICC issued the first warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest in March 2009, President Bashir evicted morethan a dozen international aid groups from Sudan, putting thousands of lives at risk. The internationalcommunity did little to challenge this retaliation, and critically needed services, including aid for survivorsof sexual violence, were lost and never replaced in Darfur. President Obama, the UN SecurityCouncil, and other world leaders must make it clear to President Bashir that any new retaliation againsthumanitarian efforts will be met with clear consequences. Sudanese civilians should not be targeted as justice is pursued for those who have died and suffered in Darfur.The Bashir regime's decades of crimes must end. While risk of a return to full-scale, national war growsand a referendum for southern Sudanese self-determination draws near, the Obama administrationshould put in action the consequences and pressures it promised for the lack of measurable progress andcontinued backsliding on key benchmarks by the Government of Sudan and other parties. The UnitedStates also needs to intensify its diplomatic efforts to find a path to peace in Sudan, with support fromPresident Obama and other senior members of his foreign policy team.  “Accountability is a fundamental component of sustainable peace in Sudan,” says John Prendergast, Co-Founder of the Enough Project. “President Obama should make abundantly clear his unequivocal supportfor peace rooted in justice in Sudan by sending the message that consequences will result from anyretaliation against Sudanese civilians as a result of this warrant, and by building stronger internationalsupport for this warrant.”“The American people are expecting President Obama to fulfill his campaign promises and forcefullysupport the ICC and protect civilians in Sudan,” says Mark Hanis, President of the Genocide InterventionNetwork. “The United States government should reaffirm its support for the ICC’s pursuit of justice inDarfur and should work together with UN Security Council and ICC member states to ensure the swiftenforcement of this and all ICC arrest warrants for those accused of atrocities in Darfur, including al-Bashir.”“The United States and broader international community must vigilantly monitor for any threats or acts of violence or other repression against civilians, Sudanese human rights activists, aid workers or peacekeepers,” says Mark Lotwis, Acting President of the Save Darfur Coalition. “While pushing for al-Bashir’s apprehension, the Obama administration must lead efforts to prevent a repeat of the mercilessand cruel retaliation by the Khartoum regime last year.”“Today’s decision comes at a perilous time for the Sudanese people,” said American Jewish WorldService (AJWS) president Ruth Messinger. “The Obama administration’s vigilance in implementing theaccountability mechanisms central to its Sudan policy is critical to ensure this decision is not used as apretext to punish civilians and interrupt life-saving aid.”### Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimesagainst humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northernUganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough's strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysisand targeted policy recommendations based on a 3P crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace,providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concernedcitizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. Visitwww.enoughproject.org. Genocide Intervention Network –   Genocide Intervention Network is working to build the first permanentanti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to stop genocide when it occurs. Accessible onlineatwww.GenocideIntervention.net,Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals with the tools to stop genocide. The Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rightsorganizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and mobilizes a unifiedresponse to promote peace throughout the Darfur region and all of Sudan. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations unitedtogether to help the people of Sudan. Please join the movement atwww.SaveDarfur.org. American Jewish World Service  – American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an internationaldevelopment organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated toalleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race,religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy andeducation, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, whilepromoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community. Visitwww.ajws.org.
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