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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Sudan: The Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in South Kordofan and Continuing Human Rights Violations in Darfur

Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:00am
Location: 
Cannon HOB 334

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the current human rights situation in Sudan's South Kordofan and Darfur regions.

On June 5, 2011, violence broke out in Sudan's South Kordofan state between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North. Reports have emerged from South Kordofan that serious violations of international law and human rights are taking place including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, and attacks against civilians. The SAF continues to indiscriminately bomb civilian and agricultural areas while the Sudan government's ground forces have been accused of killing individuals based on their political and ethnic identities. As a result of the violence, an estimated 150,000 people have been displaced from South Kordofan where government restrictions have prevented aid groups from delivering food and other assistance.

This hearing will examine the numerous and grave human rights abuses occurring in South Kordofan. In addition, the Commission will focus on the serious refugee crisis, the continued violence in the Darfur region, and the role of the United States and international organizations in addressing these humanitarian concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Hofsommer (Rep. McGovern) or Wendy Sneff (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599, or send an email to tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

  • Jana Mason, Senior Advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • The Honorable Tom Andrews, President, Genocide Intervention/Save Darfur Coalition; Former Member of Congress
  • Jeheanne Henry, Senior Researcher on Sudan, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Omer Ismail, Senior Policy Advisor, Enough Project
  • Dr. Luka Biong Deng, Executive Director Kush, Inc.; Former Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the National Government of Sudan
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