Human Rights and the Escalation of Violence in Sudan
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the human rights situation in Sudan.
The crisis in Darfur and the conflict in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile continue to intensify, while the Sudanese government and the international community fail to find a solution that will end the violence. The Darfur conflict, ongoing for more than a decade, has rapidly escalated since the beginning of 2014, with renewed government bombardments of civilians and attacks by government-backed militias; the government offensive in Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains has continued unabated since 2011. In Darfur alone, more than 320,000 people have been displaced since February of this year. The Sudanese government has continuously engaged in direct violence against civilians, violent crackdowns on student protests, and arbitrary arrests and detention of human rights activists in the capital city of Khartoum and other urban centers.
The panelists will address the escalating level of violence in Darfur, Blue Nile, and the Nuba Mountains, discuss the protests in Khartoum, and will offer suggestions for improvements in US policy and congressional action in relation to the ongoing crisis in Sudan.
Omer Ismail, Senior Enough Advisor, The Enough Project
Ryan Boyette, Founder, Nuba Reports
Ambassador Princeton Lyman, US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan (2011-2013), and Advisor to the President, United States Institute of Peace
Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service