Sudanese activists descend on the US capitol to protest recent crackdown on pro-reform rally

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(Washington, DC NSV)– Scores of Sudanese activists aligned with the Sudan People Liberation Movement and Sudanese opposition parties and civil society groups descended on the front entrance of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington yesterday to protest the recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations inside the country.

The protestors chanted slogans demanding the full implementation of the landmark Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the protracted civil war in the country, and exhorted the international community to help bring the perpetrators of genocide in Darfur to the International Criminal Court and compel the ruling party in Sudan to negotiate an end to the brewing conflict in that western region of Sudan.

Speakers from the SPLM, Umma, DUP, The Sudanese Congress Party, The Democratic Alliance and other organizations urged the gathered masses to continue to stand in solidarity with their fellow compatriots facing the brutal suppression of the security forces in Sudan, and appealed for greater international vigilance to prevent the National Congress Party (NCP) from recklessly dragging the country back to war through its intransigence.

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Before the demonstration, a delegation representing fifteen political and civil society organizations in the United States held a meeting with Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and delivered a strongly worded petition condemning the ruling party in Sudan, and asking for a more robust and engaged American policy on Sudan. The petition reaffirmed the absolute necessity of implementing the CPA fully, the legitimacy of the cause of the people of Darfur in their struggle against the central government, and the important role of the international community in protecting the innocent and supporting the efforts for democratic transformation in Sudan.

Attendees at the meeting reported that the Senator stressed his untiring commitment to holding the government of Sudan accountable to its obligation under the CPA, and to exerting all the pressures that can be mustered to compel it to end the conflict in Darfur. He also reportedly reiterated that the US Congress will continue to monitor the recently released Obama Administration policy on Sudan and ensure that it lives up to its objectives to apply appropriate pressure on the ruling party to honor its obligations.

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