Dear Members of Congress,
Many thanks to Chairman Risch for his leadership in supporting the people of Sudan. He writes, "the international community will not tolerate the senseless loss of life and brutal attacks on citizens witnessed this past week in Khartoum and other parts of the country, as well as the arrest of opposition leaders like Yasir Arman."
The African Union Peace and Security Council tweeted that it "has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of #Sudan in all #AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis." Communique attached.
The European Union issued a statement in support of the AU's decision and stating that "All individuals detained on political grounds, including Yasir Arman, must be released and those, including women, who are missing must be accounted for immediately."
Attached is a statement by the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region which condemns the violence and calls for an independent investigation and a "transfer of power to a civilian administration."
Baroness Caroline Cox issued the attached personal statement of concern about the situation in Sudan and urged those with influence to "stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan"; and Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government, "what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the arrest and detention of Yasir Arman; and what information they have about his (1) whereabouts, and (2) well-being."
Reuters reports that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will visit Khartoum on Friday to mediate between Sudan's military rulers and an opposition alliance."
Despite terrible tragedy and enormous risk, the Sudanese people continue to mobilize and they remain firmly committed to securing freedom, justice and genuine peace for Sudan.
Forces of Freedom and Change issued a statement saying they will not negotiate with the military council until there is accountability, a full transfer of power to a civilian government, and an end to the Janjaweed in Sudan!
Petition: So far, 4,864 have signed the White House petition to "Recognize the Rapid Support Forces led by General Hemedti (Janjaweed leader) in Sudan as Terrorist Organization."
DC March for Sudan: Saturday, June 8th at 11am from the Capitol to the White House to protest the Sudan Monday Massacre. A flyer is attached.
Please consider joining these efforts and thank you for your kind support of the people of Sudan.