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Do More for Darfur Petition! March 03, 2005 4:56 AM

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/405762514  [ send green star]
 
 March 04, 2005 7:43 AM

I signed! Thank you so much for posting this petition.

I just did some poking around on Amnesty International's site. Here's the latest news of interest to those of us in the US (and really, to everyone):
http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/sudan/document.do?id=99CF9F8BC18899C280256FA90069230A

The International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, which was established by the UN Security Council, has recommended that the situation in Darfur be referred to the International Criminal Court. But it seems that the US is opposing this recommendation.

I just called the White House comment line: 202-456-1111 and left a recorded comment urging the President to put aside his political agenda concerning the ICC and to support the Commission of Inquiry's recommendation that the situation in Darfur be referred to the ICC. I couldn't get through to an operator, and it was a few minutes before I was given the option of leaving a message (and the message has to be short - they don't give you much time!).

Here's all of the contact info for the White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
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Thank you, March 04, 2005 8:08 AM

for the link and phone number.  I signed this petition.  Signed one sometime ago.  My family has also contributed to Doctors without Borders; however, it isn't enough....I'm at a loss and not afraid to say I will never understand the inhumanity of man.

The Darfur Accountability Act was introduced Mar 2, 2005 (S. 495) it can be found at:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c109:1:./temp/~c109WpMpL2::

 There is some news that the movie "Hotel Rwanda" has spurred some to take action.  Also, Paul Rusesabagina has issued a plea; and you can read that in the Boston Globe at

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/03/03/rwanda_hotel_manager_issues_a_plea/

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 March 04, 2005 2:06 PM

Thank you both so much for expanding our information base! The more light we can shine on the subject, the harder it will be for the world to stay in darkness.  [ send green star]
 
Thanks, Rev..I signed early this morning March 04, 2005 4:43 PM

Here's some more..... The World is Failing Darfur The American Witness By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: March 2, 2005 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/02/opinion/02kristof.html American soldiers are trained to shoot at the enemy. They're prepared to be shot at. But what young men like Brian Steidle are not equipped for is witnessing a genocide but being unable to protect the civilians pleading for help. If President Bush wants to figure out whether the U.S. should stand more firmly against the genocide in Darfur, I suggest that he invite Mr. Steidle to the White House to give a briefing. Mr. Steidle, a 28-year-old former Marine captain, was one of just three American military advisers for the African Union monitoring team in Darfur - and he is bursting with frustration. "Every single day you go out to see another burned village, and more dead bodies," he said. "And the children - you see 6-month-old babies that have been shot, and 3-year-old kids with their faces smashed in with rifle butts. And you just have to stand there and write your reports." While journalists and aid workers are sharply limited in their movements in Darfur, Mr. Steidle and the monitors traveled around by truck and helicopter to investigate massacres by the Sudanese government and the janjaweed militia it sponsors. They have sometimes been shot at, and once his group was held hostage, but they have persisted and become witnesses to systematic crimes against humanity. So is it really genocide? "I have no doubt about that," Mr. Steidle said. "It's a systematic cleansing of peoples by the Arab chiefs there. And when you talk to them, that's what they tell you. They're very blunt about it. One day we met a janjaweed leader and he said, 'Unless you get back four camels that were stolen in 2003, then we're going to go to these four villages and burn the villages, rape the women, kill everyone.' And they did." The African Union doesn't have the troops, firepower or mandate to actually stop the slaughter, just to monitor it. Mr. Steidle said his single most frustrating moment came in December when the Sudanese government and the janjaweed attacked the village of Labado, which had 25,000 inhabitants. Mr. Steidle and his unit flew to the area in helicopters, but a Sudanese general refused to let them enter the village - and also refused to stop the attack. "It was extremely frustrating - seeing the village burn, hearing gunshots, not being able to do anything," Mr. Steidle said. "The entire village is now gone. It's a big black spot on the earth." When Sudan's government is preparing to send bombers or helicopter gunships to attack an African village, it shuts down the cellphone system so no one can send out warnings. Thus the international monitors know when a massacre is about to unfold. But there's usually nothing they can do. The West, led by the Bush administration, is providing food and medical care that is keeping hundreds of thousands of people alive. But we're managing the genocide, not halting it. "The world is failing Darfur," said Jan Egeland, the U.N. under secretary general for humanitarian affairs. "We're only playing the humanitarian card, and we're just witnessing the massacres." President Bush is pushing for sanctions, but European countries like France are disgracefully cool to the idea - and China is downright hostile, playing the same supportive role for the Darfur genocide that it did for the Khmer Rouge genocide. Mr. Steidle has just quit his job with the African Union, but he plans to continue working in Darfur to do his part to stand up to the killers. Most of us don't have to go to that extreme of risking our lives in Darfur - we just need to get off the fence and push our government off, too. At one level, I blame President Bush - and, even more, the leaders of European, Arab and African nations - for their passivity. But if our leaders are acquiescing in genocide, that's because we citizens are passive, too. If American voters cared about Darfur's genocide as much as about, say, the Michael Jackson trial, then our political system would respond. One useful step would be the passage of the Darfur Accountability Act, to be introduced today by Senators Jon Corzine and Sam Brownback. The legislation calls for such desperately needed actions as expanding the African Union force and establishing a military no-fly zone to stop Sudan from bombing civilians. As Martin Luther King Jr. put it: "Man's inhumanity to man is not only perpetrated by the vitriolic actions of those who are bad. It is also perpetrated by the vitiating inaction of those who are good." ---------------------- To write your senators urging them to cosponsor of the "Darfur Accountability Act of 2005" (S 495) http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=7140051&type=CO also see: http://www.fcnl.org/issues/issue.php?issue_id=104  [ send green star]
 
 March 05, 2005 11:52 AM

Terri...Thank you so much for you post!

On the Petition Site, this time we are listed among the newest petitions! For whatever reason they did not do this the last time.

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frustration July 31, 2005 5:20 PM

There is so little we can do. The United States has in fact, taken the lead and denounced what is happening in Darfur as genocide, while the EU and most other countries have not. A big problem is that the credibility of the United States is as about as low as it has ever been.

Hopefully, the extra money provided by the G8 will make a difference, but I don't have much hope it will. The African Union is still underfunded.

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signed... December 12, 2005 6:02 PM

i signed the petition in 25.of nov and i sent a personal protest note to the sudan embassy in germany some times ago.may peace prevail on earth.LOVE and PEACE from germany

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 February 20, 2006 8:26 PM

On Friday, President Bush told reporters that he is committed to taking the actions necessary to end the genocide in Darfur. The President's words are a welcome acknowledgement that the U.S. government has heard the call from Americans to protect those who can't protect themselves in Darfur.

This is a extremely important step, one which all Darfur advocates have been urging for nearly two years.

The President said that up until now his Administration's plan had been "to encourage African Union troops to try to bring some sense of security to these poor people that are being herded out of their villages and just terribly mistreated." While "the [African Union's] effort was noble," he continued, "it didn't achieve the objective. We need more troops." The African Union (AU) ceasefire monitoring force is currently the only line of defense, yet it is insufficient to protect millions of Darfuri men, women, and children. The AU forces' lack of the necessary resources and capacity to for this mission is acknowledged in the Administration's acceptance of the need for a stronger international peacekeeping force to protect civilians.

Real peace and security in Darfur is going to require both an UN peacekeeping force in the long term, and increased NATO aid (a "bridging force") to support the African Union in the near term. With preliminary planning now underway at the UN, and a Security Council resolution authorizing a peacekeeping force with a strong mandate expected soon, there is reason to hope that a robust force could be protecting civilians by fall.
Because international support will be necessary for approval of both the UN mandate and NATO assistance, the Darfur advocacy community will be required to continue its work.

The President took another important step last week by submitting to Congress an emergency supplemental funding request of $514 million for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid programs in Sudan. Also last week, Senators Biden and Brownback introduced a resolution calling for NATO help for the AU mission and for implementation of a no-fly zone in Darfur.

These combined actions represent a major shift in momentum toward providing the people of Darfur with the security and protection they so desperately need. It is imperative to remember, however, that beyond these important steps on the path, many more will be required before security is achieved for innocent Darfurians.

The crucial progress represented by last week's actions was made possible by the indefatigable efforts of tens of thousands of caring and devoted Americans who told our leaders what was required by our shared principles. We are proud to have walked alongside you in getting this far on our journey.

While there is still much more to do, please know that you have our gratitude and admiration, and also that we will continue to call on you to take further actions as events unfold.

Sincerely,

David Rubenstein
Coordinator, Save Darfur Coalition

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 February 24, 2006 6:28 PM

60 Seconds of Action: For the second straight week, we have reason to thank our elected officials. Senators Sam Brownback (R-K and Joe Biden (D-DE) have introduced Senate Resolution 383, a bill calling for significant NATO assistance to the AU peacekeeping force in Darfur, including a no-fly zone, and for a quick transition to a capable UN peacekeeping force with a Chapter 7 mandate to protect civilians. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN), Barack Obama (D-IL), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) have already signed on as cosponsors. If you live in any of those states, please take a moment to make a phone call or send an email thanking them for their efforts for the people of Darfur. Contact information is available here.

60 Minutes of Action: The Save Darfur Coalition yesterday launched a 21,000 mile, 22-city, 11-state photo exhibit and speaking “Tour for Darfur: Eyewitness to Genocide” to raise public pressure on the Bush administration to end the genocide and build a lasting peace in the Darfur, and on Congress to provide the resources necessary to do so. The list of cities the tour will be visiting is available here. If you live in within an easy drive of one of the cities, please consider attending. More detailed information on the events will be available on the website soon.

This week in Sudan:

The past week saw a number of positive steps taken towards providing meaningful security for the people of Darfur. Following up on his $389 million dollar supplemental funding request for Darfur peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, the President on Friday called for additional NATO involvement, saying that protecting innocent civilians is “going to require NATO stewardship, planning, facilitating, organizing, probably double the number of peacekeepers that are there now, in order to start bringing some sense of security.” His comments were echoed by Senators Sam Brownback and Joe Biden, who that same day introduced Senate Resolution 383, a bill which calls for immediate NATO support of the African Union peacekeepers and a quick transition to the expected UN peacekeeping force. In addition, a group of 10 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives visited Darfur this week, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

While it remains unclear whether other NATO member nations will agree to send addition military aid to the African Union peacekeepers in Darfur,  [ send green star]

 
 June 27, 2006 12:59 PM

The conflict in Darfur has led to some of the worst human rights abuses imaginable, including abductions, rape and forced displacement. But your efforts over the next 100 days can make a difference in the lives of the people of Darfur.

We are going to depart from our usual format in the Africa Human Rights Action Network over the next 100 days so we can bring you updates on how you can join Amnesty International activists worldwide in taking action, organizing events and calling on world leaders to ensure the people of Darfur are safe.

As a first step, we ask that you help us stop the flow of arms that wreak havoc on innocent civilians in Darfur. Ruthless arms brokers have been at the center of many weapons transfers to abusive armed groups in Sudan and countries under U.N. arms embargoes. Urge your Member of Congress to press the Bush Administration to support a strong global agreement on arms brokering, and to better enforce U.S. law to halt this global threat to human rights.

Thanks for your help. By working together over the next 100 days, we can make a positive difference.

Mona Cadena, Field Organizer, AIUSA Refugee Program Steering CommitteeSincerely,

Mona Cadena
Field Organizer
Amnesty International USA

P.S. – Don’t forget to join our call to stop the killings in Darfur. Your voice is a crucial part of this effort. Once you’ve joined, please encourage your network of friends and colleagues to get involved.

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. August 03, 2006 7:38 AM

Big thanks. Signed  [ send green star]
 
 August 10, 2007 2:17 PM

Dear friends

I live in Israel and during the last months lots of refugees came to Israel through the egyptian border after escaping the egyptian police's bullets.  Many people including medical doctors from Hadassa Hospital of Jerusalem are spending their time to cure and heal the tropical illnesses they came with . I tried to the a little thing by collecting used clothing from my neighbours and sent to them, the poor guys. They are still coming unles the border police of egypt is not succeeding killing them. May god mercy on them the poor un lucky people of Dalfur.

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 September 30, 2007 4:25 AM

Looks like this is pretty much a dead group but the fight for Darfur goes on.

Here are some more recent petitions:

                        Save Darfur
            Save Darfur
            Save Darfur
            Save Darfur

Keep the pressure on them!

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Two Actions For Darfur October 16, 2007 8:47 PM

Take Action On This Issue

Please send an email to the UN Security Council Presidents , urging them to send authorized peacekeepers quickly and with the resources they need to succeed in their mission.

And remember that on October 24th, United Nations Day, we'll deliver our Global Petition for Darfur and your signatures   to the White House.

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Darfur Conflict November 27, 2007 4:35 AM

Dear all

I am Aseel Mohammed El Tahir From Sudan, I working with National NGOs in South Darfur State as Child Protection and Development Officers'

Regarding to Darfur Confilict, I have all the Informational I can Share With All

]Yours Friends

Aseel Mohammed El Tahir

Email: aseelgfo@gmail.com

Mobile: 00249 121 571 709  



This post was modified from its original form on 27 Nov, 4:37  [ send green star]
 
 March 06, 2011 9:07 PM

THANK YOU!!

I signed but would like to do more...if possible.

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