calling for smarter U.S. policies toward Sudan and mass atrocity crimes
We run grassroots campaigns in our home state of Tennessee around federal legislation concerning Sudan and U.S. policy concerning genocide and mass atrocity crimes. We also add our expertise and organizational support to public, collaborative letters requesting U.S. government officials to reexamine and change U.S. policy on these issues.
While we recognize that it is ultimately the people of Sudan who are responsible for moving their country forwards, we know that the United States government can play an important role in helping the people of Sudan achieve a free, just, and peaceful society in our lifetime.
Here are some of the recent Grassroots Advocacy campaigns led by our movement in Tennessee:
H.Res 432 Concerning Sudan
This simple, non-binding resolution strongly condemns the violence and human rights abuses against the Sudanese people. It supports the development of a civilian-led, democratic government. H.Res 432 also calls for allowing humanitarian aid to be allowed into the country and urges the U.S. government to support the international community in its fight for democracy and peace in Sudan. It emphasizes that meaningful political reform, transparency, and accountability in the Sudanese government are essential for the establishment of peace, security, economic stability, and democracy in the country. H.Res 432 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 15. Our movement members secured two cosponsors from Tennessee and ensured that all nine of our Representatives voted in favor for the resolution.
S.Res 188 Concerning Sudan
Senate Resolution 188 calls on a swift transfer of power by the military regime to a transitional civilian-led government. More immediately, it demands the allowance of humanitarian aid into regions that critically require food and medical supplies, a move that would save lives and prevent more deaths. The resolution calls for the officials and authorities who planned and carried out the atrocities of ethnic cleansing and other human rights abuses to be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity. S.Res 188 passed the U.S. Senate on July 9. Our movement members communicated with both of our state's Senators and their offices across Tennessee about the resolution.
Letter: U.S. Policy Towards Sudan Must Pivot To Advance Freedom, Justice, and Democracy
Since 2016, the United States government has been on a poorly structured engagement plan with Sudan's genocidal dictatorship. In December 2018, mass protests against the Bashir regime erupted across Sudan. The dictatorship's response has been brutal: dozens of protesters have been killed, hundreds wounded, and possibly thousands arrested and tortured. On January 17, 2019, we joined 92 other organizations and experts in calling on the U.S. government to support the Sudanese people and halt the normalization of bilateral relations with the Bashir regime.
S.1158: The Elie Wiesel Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act
This new federal legislation ensures that the U.S. government has the tools, training, and funding needed to save lives and promote peace when it becomes apparent that mass atrocity situations are becoming a threat on foreign soil. The Elie Wiesel Act Affirms that atrocity prevention is in the U.S. national interest, calls on the government to pursue a government-wide strategy to prevent atrocities abroad, requires specialized training for Foreign Service Officers who will be deployed to a country experiencing or at risk of mass atrocities, mandates annual reporting to Congress of the Executive Branch's efforts to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, and more. This critical legislation passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was chaired by now retired Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, on June 26, 2018 and the U.S. Senate on December 12, 2018. It was then passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives in a landslide, bipartisan vote on December 21, 2018, with seven out of nine House Congressional officials from Tennessee voting in favor of the bill. On January 14, 2019, the President of the United States signed the bill into federal law. More than 600 of our Tennessee movement members mobilized in advocacy of this bill.
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About Operation Broken Silence
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 and movement-building, education and emergency relief, and grassroots advocacy programs. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.