Act for Sudan, in coordination with the American Jewish World Service, The EnoughProject, Humanity United, and United to End Genocide, has released two statements on Sudan and South Sudan regarding the release of the State Department’s annual country reports on Human Rights practices in 2012.
While we commend the State Department for their ongoing efforts to document human rights abuses, we want to specifically address the ongoing atrocities in Sudan. The people of Sudan have consistently faced a failure of governance, repeated and continuing severe humanitarian crises, and indiscriminate attacks against civilians that have resulted in the displacement of millions, uncounted deaths from violence, and emergency levels of food insecurity.
The Republic of South Sudan is the world’s newest nation and this year’s report included a review of an entire year. According to the report, elements of the Government of South Sudan have engaged in human rights violations and failed to bring perpetrators to justice. This report offers an opportunity for South Sudan to address abuses, adhere to previously signed agreements, and move forward with the planned national reconciliation process.