U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressional Representative to the United Nations, released the following statement regarding the violence, human rights abuses, and famine going on in the Sudan and South Sudan.
"Over the course of the last two decades, the Sudan has experienced ongoing brutal, warlike conditions. While there is reason to be pleased that the South Sudanese gained independence, the reality is that the violence and outrageous human rights abuses have continued. The Sudanese military under the Bashir regime has persisted in terrorizing South Sudan, targeting especially women.
"Beyond the ongoing horrors of violence and human rights abuses, the Sudan is also facing a severe famine, which has sadly been largely disregarded by the international community. This famine is not only deadly in itself, but it will potentially lead to increased violence and potentially full-blown war between Sudan and South Sudan."
Congresswoman Buerkle added, "I would also like to bring attention to the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012, recently introduced by my colleagues Rep. Frank Wolf and Rep. Jim McGovern, to help bring peace to the Sudan. I want to thank them for their efforts in pushing this important legislation."
Buerkle is a cosponsor of H. R. 4169, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012. The legislation is aimed at developing a comprehensive strategy to bring lasting peace to Sudan and end the decades-long cycle of violence and human rights abuses in the region. H.R. 4169 also creates a broad-reaching sanctions scheme that targets any government or person who is complicit in serious human rights violations in Sudan.