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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Sudan

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:00am
2200 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) for a hearing on human rights in Sudan and the humanitarian crises arising from the Government of Sudan’s longstanding human rights abuses.

Ten years since the beginning of state-sponsored crimes against civilians in Darfur, which the U.S. government found to constitute genocide, the human rights and humanitarian situation in the region remains dire. Civilians continue to face violent attacks by government forces, pro-government militias, and armed opposition groups, while humanitarian aid is severely limited for an estimated 2.3 million internally displaced persons. Some 130,000 Darfuris have been newly displaced in the first months of 2013 alone.

The state-sponsored violence and human rights abuses have spread to other areas of Sudan, resulting in a vast humanitarian crisis. The Government of Sudan’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states and its continued blocking of humanitarian relief have created a crisis that is nearing famine conditions. Over 900,000 Sudanese are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. The United Nations and independent monitors have documented abuses by the Government of Sudan and armed groups it supports that “may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Nearly 200,000 Sudanese have fled to South Sudan, a young country that is poor, has virtually no infrastructure, and faces its own challenges of state-building while resolving inter-communal and ethnic armed violence.

This hearing will address the humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan, the human rights violations underlying the crises, and U.S. policy in the region.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Panel I

  • Larry André, Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Nancy E. Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Written testimony

Panel II

  • John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough Project, and Co-Founder, Satellite Sentinel Project
    Written testimony
  • Ken Isaacs, Vice President, Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan's Purse
    Written testimony
  • E.J. Hogendoorn, Deputy Director, Africa, International Crisis Group
    Written testimony
  • Jehanne Henry, Senior Researcher on Sudan, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
    Written testimony



113th Congress