March 16, 2009
Why Activism (Still) Matters for Sudan… And What You Can Do
Given the recent International Criminal Court arrest warrant issued for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the reaction by Khartoum to expel sixteen local and international humanitarian aid organizations, robust and courageous action is needed now from the Obama administration and its allies. Enough’s latest strategy paper argues that this kind of action will not be forthcoming unless there is demonstrated a political demand for it from dedicated constituencies of activists.
“In the past, thoughtful and persistent antigenocide activism has made a clear difference in the actions taken by political leaders in the international community,” says Enough’s field director and report co-author John Bagwell. “From diplomatic negotiations to peacekeeping operations to economic pressures, extraordinary activist efforts have been shedding light on the conflict in Darfur for over 5 years now and saving lives as a result.”
“The activist movement for peace in Sudan is needed now more than ever,” argues the reports other co-author, Enough co-founder John Prendergast. “Now is the time to speak out: to save lives; to work toward a lasting peace; and to hold those who have conducted war crimes accountable. We must resist the temptation to jump at overly simplistic or ineffective solutions and proceed with appropriate humility, but continue to act with the knowledge that our efforts as activists are a crucial component to achieving peace in Sudan.”
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