U.S. Special Envoy, Sudanese Opposition Leader
To Testify on Capitol Hill
First Public Hearing Since American Policy Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Major General Scott Gration will testify before the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on Thursday, December 3, 2009, about the Administration’s current progress to meet key benchmarks that will ensure lasting peace in Sudan. A representative from the principal southern Sudan party, the SPLM, is also scheduled to testify.
The hearing will be webcast by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Here’s the link to the webcast: http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/index.asp
Civil society representatives testifying will include Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United, and John Prendergast, Co-founder of Enough, the anti-genocide project at the Center for American Progress.
The coming year represents a critical time for the people of Sudan, with countrywide elections scheduled for April 2010, and a referendum on the secession of southern Sudan in January 2011. The hearing is expected to cover the situation on the ground relating to human rights and the progress of the voter registration process for the spring elections, specifically in Darfur; the development of the needed multilateral coalition that was outlined in the U.S. Sudan policy review; U.S. benchmarks to encourage Khartoum to fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and other topics.
Available for live comment immediately following hearing:
Jerry Fowler, President of the Save Darfur Coalition
Sam Bell, Executive Director, Genocide Intervention Network
WHAT: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa:
Sudan: A Review of the Administration’s New Policy and A Situation Update
WHO: U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Major General Scott Gration
Political party representative from SPLM
Randy Newcomb, Humanity United
John Prendergast, Enough, the anti-genocide project at the Center for American Progress.
WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 10:00 am EST
WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org/.
Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Currently focused on conflicts in Sudan, Burma and Democratic Republic of Congo, among other areas of concern, Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities. The organization is building a permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to prevent and stop genocide. For more information, please visit www.genocideintervention.net.
Humanity United is an independent philanthropic organization committed to building a world where mass atrocities and modern-day slavery are no longer possible. By helping to build permanent constituencies to end atrocities and slavery, supporting efforts that empower affected communities, and addressing the root causes of conflict and injustice, Humanity United seeks to help restore human dignity in places where it has been lost and to help create a lasting global peace. To learn more, visit HumanityUnited.org.