We'll #FreeClooney, now what about Sudan?
Earlier today, STAND joined human rights activists, faith leaders, and members of the Sudanese diaspora in pressing the U.S. government to redouble its advocacy on human rights and civilian protection in Sudan. A couple of hours later, the DC Metro police arrested George Clooney in front of Sudan’s Washington embassy. Activists took to Twitter, humorously calling on the DC police to “#FreeClooney.” Clooney will still make next year’s Oscars, but what about the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese targeted by Khartoum’s atrocities he witnessed during his recent trip to Sudan.
With the international community’s focus on Sudan, the voices of U.S. human rights activists will resound in support of decisive action. Sudan’s human rights crisis remains dire, and local communities throughout South Kordofan and Blue Nile continue to suffer the consequences of Khartoum’s aid restrictions. Last week, Rep. Jim McGovern released the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act; this week. This week, it’s our turn: let’s make this vital legislation a priority for Washington’s policy in Khartoum, by:
- Writing your Representative, to ask your Congressperson to co-sponsor H.R. 4169.
- Calling your Representative: 1-800-GENOCIDE (436-6243), to press for the passage of H.R. 4169.
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