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From: Isaac Rowlett, STAND Advocacy Coordinator, New York University ’09
Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a unanimous resolution calling on China to “act consistently with the Olympic standard of preserving human dignity in Darfur, Sudan and around the world.”
This important resolution highlights China’s continued economic and political support for the genocidal Sudanese regime. Academics have demonstrated that China has continually allowed the genocide in Darfur to occur because of its strong economic interests in the region. But, as activists, we need to do more, so that China really feels the heat and takes steps to end the genocide in Darfur!
The Senate is currently considering a similar piece of legislation, Senate Resolution 203, that must be passed unanimously and quickly in order to further pressure the Chinese government to stop aiding and abetting the genocide in Darfur.
We have been successful over the last few weeks in forcing China to appoint a special envoy for Darfur as a result of our grassroots efforts. China is even sending over its own engineers to help with the peacekeeping force. But this is not enough. The people of Darfur still do not have the protection they need. We must keep China in the spotlight as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing approach us!
Call your senator TODAY and urge him or her to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 203 calling on China to stop selling arms to Sudan as long as they carry out attacks on civilians and obstruct peace-building efforts. Let’s ensure that China fulfills its Olympic slogan of “One World, One Dream”, by bringing peace to the people of Darfur.