G-8 Petition, New Release From Humans Rights First
In two weeks, world leaders from G8 countries — U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Russia — meet for their annual Summit in Japan to debate action on issues of global concern.
If the violence in Darfur—that has left more than 300,000 people dead and caused more than 2 million to flee their homes—is not a matter of global concern, then what is?
The G8 Summit comes at a perilous time for both Darfur and the whole of Sudan. Intensified violence in Darfur has resulted in more death and displacement, and recent fighting in the Abyei region of Sudan suggests the unraveling of the fragile North/South peace agreement.
The government of Sudan and the world will be watching the G-8 Summit closely. Last week, over 40 non-governmental organizations, representing all G8 states and Sudan, sent an Open Letter to all G8 Leaders and Foreign Ministers, calling on them to demand:
* An immediate stop to violence in Darfur
* A halt to arms transfers, directly or indirectly, to Darfur in violation of the U.N. arms embargo
* Rapid deployment of the peacekeeping force in Darfur, UNAMID
* A reinvigorated peace process
* Justice and accountability for atrocities committed
Click here to join activists around the world in pressuring G-8 leaders to take a strong stand—include a promise to act—against violence in Darfur and Sudan.