In a message to Congress on October 28, 2015, President Barak Obama extended the national emergency with respect to Sudan for another year beginning on November 3.
“The actions and policies of the Government of Sudan continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Obama said.
The sanctions renewal was immediately condemned by the Sudanese government in a statement. The statement said the US decision comes at a time when Sudan is continuing its constructive efforts to achieve stability and maintain security in the region, pointing to its role in the fight against organized and cross-border crimes and human trafficking besides its cooperation in the counter-terrorism efforts. The Sudanese government failed to address it's ongoing severe human rights abuses and attacks on civilians in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states despite the recent declarations that attempts are being made to end Sudan's internal conflicts.
History of U.S. Sanctions Against Sudan
On November 3, 1997, by Executive Order 13067, the President declared a national emergency with respect to Sudan and, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), took related steps to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the actions and policies of the Government of Sudan. On April 26, 2006, in Executive Order 13400, the President determined that the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region posed an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, expanded the scope of the national emergency to deal with that threat, and ordered the blocking of property of certain persons connected to the conflict. On October 13, 2006, the President issued Executive Order 13412 to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency and to implement the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-344).