Dear Members of Congress,
Thank you very much for speaking out in support of the people of Sudan!
Senator Ted Cruz introduced Senate Resolution 188 - A resolution encouraging a swift transfer of power by the military to a civilian-led political authority in the Republic of the Sudan, and for other purposes. The resolution has 27 co-sponsors so far!
Representatives Jim McGovern, Ann Wagner, Karen Bass, Chris Smith and Senators Jeff Merkley and Todd Young organized a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin that was signed by 92 lawmakers and called for U.S. support for a civilian-led transitional government.
In addition, Rep. Jim McGovern was recently interviewed on NPR/BBC radio and reiterated that the United States stands with the people of Sudan.
Chairman Risch issued a "Statement on the Violent Eradication of Khartoum Protest Camp by Sudanese Security Forces" and tweeted "I condemn Sudanese security forces' violence against protestors in Khartoum. With these actions + their disregard for calls for a swift transition to civilian-led rule, the military council will continue to prevent changes to the U.S.-Sudan relationship."
Rep. Michael McCaul issued a "Statement on Attacks Against Protesters in Sudan" and tweeted “I strongly condemn yesterday’s massacre of peaceful protesters in #Sudan... The people of Sudan have been steadfast, peaceful & courageous in calling for civilian-led government & the US stands with them at this critical time."
Rep. Eliot Engel issued a "Statement on Violence Against Peaceful Protesters in Sudan" that includes a call for a Special Envoy to Sudan and targeted sanctions for those individuals complicit in human rights abuses.
The military council was never legitimate and the recent violence in Khartoum underscores the nature of its leadership -- leadership that is responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan. The U.S. must not engage with the military council other than to demand that it step down immediately. The U.S. must demand that its allies in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, exert the same pressure on the military council. The United States has important leverage that it must use at this critical time to end impunity and to prevent greater violence and instability in the region.
Thank you again for standing with the people of Sudan and for advancing the cause of freedom, justice and genuine peace.