November 11, 2012
Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council,
Thank you for your attention with regard to resolving the outstanding matters between Sudan and South Sudan related to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 and for your efforts to address the dangerous and ongoing crises in Sudan.
We write to you in reference to UNSC Resolution 2046 and your expressed intention to take appropriate measures under Article 41 of the UN Charter if any or all parties fail to comply with the Resolution.
We understand some progress has been made as outlined in the African Union Peace and Security Council Communique dated October 24, 2012. However, the immediate life threatening conditions faced by civilians in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile are ongoing and intensifying due to increased bombing by the Government of Sudan and its persistent refusal for over a year to allow access for critically needed humanitarian aid. In addition, violence by the government and its proxies against IDPs and residents of Darfur, who are also without adequate humanitarian aid, is escalating.
Urgent and decisive action by the UN Security Council is required to save lives.
We understand you will soon review and vote on the recommendations put forth in the above referenced AUPSC Communique. We do not believe the Communique is adequate in addressing the crises in the two states and, as expected, it does not include necessary recommendations for Darfur.
Therefore, we urge the UN Security Council to adopt the recommendations outlined in the Enough Project policy brief, “Not Just Mediation: The United Nations Security Council’s Role in Supporting Peace in the Two Sudans” dated November 7, 2012.
Specifically, we request the UN Security Council to immediately take the following steps:
- Define a strict timeline by which the government of Sudan must permit unfettered international humanitarian assistance into the two states.
- Define specific consequences, per UNSC Resolution 2046, if aid is not flowing into the two states per the timeline, including taking all required measures to deliver aid, with or without the government’s consent.
- Provide civilian protection and unfettered international humanitarian aid in Darfur and outline specific consequences for the government if it impedes these efforts.
Thank you for your consideration of these urgent matters and for your ongoing commitment to maintain international peace and security.
- Aegis Trust
- African Soul, American Heart
- Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan
- American Jewish World Service
- Arry Organization for Human Rights and Development
- Beja Organization for Human Rights and Development
- Bnai Darfur Organization in Israel
- Brooklyn Coalition for Darfur & Marginalized Sudan
- Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan
- Christian Solidarity International-USA
- ClarkU STAND
- Collectif Urgence Darfour
- Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action
- Combat Genocide Association (CGA)
- Comité Soudan
- Community Empowerment for Progress Organization – CEPO
- Community of South Sudanese and America Women/Men
- Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur
- Darfur Action Group of South Carolina
- Darfur and Beyond
- Darfur Friends Association Israel
- Darfur Human Rights Organization of the USA
- Darfur Interfaith Network
- Darfur Leaders Network (DLN), USA
- Darfur People’s Association of New York
- Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre
- Darfur Union, UK & Ireland
- Dear Sudan Love Marin
- Doctors to the World
- Enough Project
- Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
- Equatorian South Sudanese Association
- Eric Reeves, Smith College
- Genocide No More – Save Darfur
- Genocide Prevention Institute
- Genocide Watch
- Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide
- Help Nuba
- Hope With South Sudan
- Human Rights & Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND)
- Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
- Humanity Is Us
- Humanity United
- Idaho Darfur Coalition
- Jerusalem Center for Genocide Prevention (JC4GP)
- Joining Our Voices
- Justice and Peace Commission, Diocese of Wau, South Sudan
- Kentuckiana Taskforce Against Genocide
- Live Well South Sudan
- Living Ubuntu
- Lord Alton of Liverpool
- Mia Farrow, Actress and Humanitarian
- Moro Association of United States, Inc.
- My Sister’s Keeper
- Never Again Coalition
- New York Darfur Vigil Group
- Nuba Christian Family Mission, Inc.
- Nuba Mountain Peace Coalition
- Nuba Mountains International Assoc. USA
- Nuba Peace Initiative
- Nuba Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Organization
- Nuba Vision Coalition, Inc.
- Nubia Project
- Operation Broken Silence
- Panaruu Coalition for Humanitarian Aid Rehabilitation and Development Inc.
- Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition
- Rehab Nova International
- Shine A Ray of Hope
- South Sudan Community in Germany
- St. Clare’s Episcopal Church
- Stop Genocide Now
- Sudan Advocacy Action Forum
- Sudan Human Rights Network
- Sudan Rowan Inc.
- Sudan Unlimited
- Sudanese Ministry Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
- Sudanese Women Action Networks
- The Institute on Religion and Democracy
- THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy
- Triangles of Truth
- Ubuntu Women Institute USA Inc.
- United Sudanese and South Sudanese Community Association
- United to End Genocide
- Use Your Voice to Stop Genocide RI
- Waging Peace
- Women Rehabilitation Development International Foundation
- World Without Genocide