The United States has enforced sanctions against Sudan through Executive Orders and congressionally-imposed legal restrictions since 1997. On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed Executive Order 13761, in effect lifting the trade embargo and unblocking frozen assets. This easing of sanctions allows for a six-month trial period so the U.S. can determine whether the lifting of sanctions should become permanent. In the interim, a General License provides temporary relief from the trade embargo.
Sanctions against Sudan were justified on the basis of the Sudanese government’s support for international terrorism and its egregious human rights violations, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, especially in Darfur, but also in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The Obama Administration’s decision to ease sanctions came about after determining Sudan had made progress over a six-month period in several areas, including cooperation with counterterrorism efforts, halting its interference in South Sudan, ceasing hostilities in conflict zones, and improving humanitarian access.
A key question remains – what is the measure of Sudan’s progress towards improvements on its human rights record since the easing of sanctions? Witnesses will present testimony informed by their human rights work in Sudan, and will discuss actions Sudan must take in order to justify the permanent lifting of sanctions.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs. Here are a few different ways you can join us:
1. Tune Into The Commission Hearing's Livestream. This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the public, and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed on April 4 at 1:30PM ET. You can tune in above.
2. Join The Heart of Nuba Campaign. There is one hospital in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan led by a single American doctor and a small local support staff. You can help the team at Mother of Mercy Hospital continue saving lives in the months ahead by joining the Heart of Nuba Campaign. LEARN MORE»
3. Give To Emergency Relief Efforts. Since 2012, Operation Broken Silence has been funding emergency relief missions into isolated corners of the Nuba Mountains that are off the beaten path of what few emergency relief efforts exist. You can support these efforts by making a one-time donation. GIVE HERE »