U.S. economic sanctions increase pressure to stop genocide in Darfur

More international pressure needed

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Pope asks for a solution in Darfur

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2007- President George Bush has announced that new economic sanctions will be introduced to put pressure on the government in Khartoum in an effort to stop the genocide in Darfur (see "Sudan - Cauldron of Tragedy"). The sanctions target 31 Sudanese companies and 3 individuals complicit in the violence. "The United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world," said the President. ''For too long the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder and rape of innocent civilians.''

In addition to economic sanctions, president Bush has asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to draft a resolution that will be presented to the UN Security Council. The US government wants the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to stop supporting the militia, allow the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces and create conditions for humanitarian organizations to work (see Darfur Aid Workers Inhibited by Militias). These are the primary goals advocated by Catholics for the Common Good.

"All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God."

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1878


1. Please call or write to the White House to thank President Bush for his action and ask him to continue his efforts to increase international pressure on the government in Khartoum (202-456-1111 or comments@whitehouse.gov)

A Sudanese woman and her child in an IDP camp. Photo by Ruth Messinger/American Jewish World Service

A Sudanese woman and her child in an IDP camp. Photo by: Ruth Messinger/American Jewish World Service

2. Continue to remind your member of congress of the urgency to stop the genocide in Darfur. Find the name and contact information for your U.S. Senators or House Member


To provide relief and security for the people of Darfur, the following must be achieved:

  • The understaffed and overwhelmed African Union peackeeping force already in Darfur must be strengthened;
  • A strong UN peacekeeping force must be deployed;
  • The Sudanese government must permit increased humanitarian aid and ensure access for its delivery;
  • A no-fly zone over the region must be established to assure the security of the population and aid workers on the ground.

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