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What You Can Do About Darfur (Human Rights Watch, 19-7-2004)

Sunday, July 25, 2004
What You Can Do About Darfur (Human Rights Watch, 19-7-2004)
Inform Yourself About Darfur: Read Human Rights Watch’s publications on Darfur at http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/darfur/index.htm. Besides HRW’s reports on abuses in Darfur, you can see our photo galleries from the region, watch video and listen to radio segments on the crisis in Western Sudan.

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Write to Your Local Newspaper: Or contact your local radio and TV stations, and ask them for more news on Darfur! IRIN, Integrated Regional Information Networks, has a CD-Rom available about Darfur: Peace under Fire: Sudan’s Darfur Crisis. This is for use in advocacy and has links and reports and articles. Contact irin@ocha.unon.org for a copy.

Write to the Members of the U.N. Security Council: Urge them to take action on Darfur to reverse ethnic cleansing and to open the region to humanitarian access. Ask the Security Council to do the following:
Condemn gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity by the Sudanese government and its militias (Janjaweed) in Darfur;

Mandate the Secretary-General to establish an international human rights monitoring mission to be based in as many locations in Darfur as necessary, in Khartoum, and in Chad;

Request the Secretary-General to do everything possible to assure that adequate food and non-food items reach the needy as soon as possible. The Secretary-General must also monitor closely the Sudanese government’s compliance with its promises of full humanitarian access;

Establish an international peacekeeping mission for Darfur with the goal of insuring that the Janjaweed withdraw from the region immediately.
The current members of the Security Council are:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.

Contact information for the U.N. Mission of these countries is available at: http://www.un.org/Overview/missions.htm.

Write to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan: Ask him to take the lead on advocacy for Darfur in the international forum, and to seek a broad international coalition of countries concerned about these massive human rights abuses and imminent famine. Ask him to visit Darfur and speak out regularly on the need to take international action to prevent a tragedy in Darfur. You may contact him at: inquiries@un.org

Write to the Sudanese Government: Ask the Sudanese government to do the following:
Disarm and disband the government-sponsored and -supplied militia forces/janjaweed active in Darfur;

Withdraw those militia forces/janjaweed from the parts of Darfur they have occupied as a military force from 2003 to the present;

Investigate and prosecute those government forces and allied militias and government officials responsible for the Darfur campaign (2003-present);

Provide full and expedited humanitarian access to the internally displaced (in displaced areas and on return to their home areas), and to those returning from Chad;

Provide full and expedited access for the international human rights monitoring mission; and

Comply immediately with all the terms of the ceasefire agreement of April 8, 2004.
Letters to the Sudanese government should be addressed to the following individuals:

President Omar El Bashir
Mr Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, First Vice-President
People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: 00-249-11-771025
[Salutation: Your Excellency]

Mr Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: 00-249-11-770883
[Salutation: Dear Minister]

Mr Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: 00-249-11-779383
[Salutation: Dear Minister]

Mr Alzawahi Ibrahim Malik
Minister of Information
Ministry of Information and Communications
PO Box 291
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: 00-249-11-780146
[Salutation: Dear Minister]

Please send copies of your letters to:

His Excellency Khadir H. Ahmed
Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan
2210 Mass Ave N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008
Fax: 202-667-2406


His Excellency Dr. Hassan Abdin
The Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan
3 Cleveland Row, St James's, London SW1A 1DD
Tel: (020) 7839 8080
Fax: (020) 7839 7560
Email: zb24@pipex.com

For the United States:

Contact Your Elected Representatives: Write and call your representatives in Congress and the State Department, asking them to support U.S. and international efforts to reverse ethnic cleansing and prevent famine in Darfur. Ask President Bush, Congress, and the State Department to do the following:
Ask President Bush to speak out on Darfur; when he denounced the abuses on April 7, the government quickly entered into a ceasefire agreement.

Support a Chapter VII resolution in the U.N. Security Council that will reverse ethnic cleansing, protect civilians, permit the voluntary return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes in safety and dignity, and insure full humanitarian access;

Support the deployment of U.N. human rights monitoring team to Sudan;

Demand accountability for human rights abuses and crimes against humanity in Sudan: ask the U.S. to collect evidence for future trials against individuals implicated in war crimes and human rights abuses.
You may find the contact information for your Representative or Senator at: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/.

You may also contact the State Department by writing to the acting head of African affairs at the State Department, Charles Snyder, at afpastaff@state.gov, or the U.S. mission to the United Nations at usa@un.int.

You may write to President George W. Bush at the White House, Washington, D.C. or email: president@whitehouse.gov

Donate to Humanitarian Agencies: A number of nongovernmental humanitarian agencies are providing help to Sudanese refugees in Chad and to Darfurians inside Sudan. Contact the following agencies for more information on their work in Chad and Darfur:

151 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-2440
United States
Phone: 1-800-521-CARE ext. 999
Online at: http://www.careusa.org

Doctors Without Borders-Holland (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF-H)
Doctors Without Borders-France (MSF-F):
Please contact MSF’s New York office at 1-888-392-0392 or online at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

International Committee of the Red Cross
19 avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Online at: http://www.icrc.org

International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
United States
Phone: 212-551-3000
Online at: http://www.theirc.org

Save the Children-US
Attn: Donor Services
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 1-800-728-3843
Online at: http://www.savethechildren.org

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
c/o USA for UNHCR
1775 K Street, NW Suite 290
Washington, DC 20006
United States
Phone: 1-800-770-1100
Online at: http://www.usaforunhcr.org

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
c/o U.S. Fund for UNICEF
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
United States
Online at: http://www.unicefusa.org
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