Monthly Archives: February 2013

Screening of Across the Frontlines at Drake University Today

Join us as we screen the movie, Across the Frontlines, and have a panel discussion including members of the Sudanese community.

Today, February 16th 3 pm at Drake University, Cartwright Hall, room 213. http://www.drake.edu/visit/map/ Cartwright Hall is the Drake Law School, #10 on the map.

Thank you. The Help Nuba Coalition, Drake Law School International Law Society, Des Moines Chapter of the Iowa United Nations Association, and United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities. For additional information, contact helpnuba@gmail.com www.helpnuba.net

Sudan Emergency Action Summit

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Sudan Emergency Action Summit 2013

March 10 – 11, 2013

George Mason University, Washington D.C. (Arlington Campus)


Join Act for Sudan and 300 of the leading activists from around the country for an energizing and educational event.

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Download Summit Flyer (PDF)

Summit Highlights


Notable Speakers:

Prominent Sudanese Activists Leading Breakout Sessions:

  • Ibrahim T. Ahmed, Co-founder and Executive Director, Beja Organization for Human Rights and Development
  • Niemat Ahmadi, President, Darfur Women Action Group
  • Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, U.S. Department of State 2012 International Women of Courage Award Winner
  • Abdalmageed Haroun, Chairperson, Human Rights & Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND)
  • Jimmy Mulla, Founder and President, Voices for Sudan
  • Mohamed Suleiman, President, San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition
  • Bahar Arabie, CEO, Unite For Darfur
  • Gogadi Amoga, Chair, Sudanese Marginalized Forum-USA
  • Khalid Gerais, Human Rights Activist and Representative of Nubia Project
  • Daowd Salih, Board President, Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy

Plenary Speakers and Panels

  • Lessons from 10 years of Sudan policy
  • The Future for Sudan
  • Perspectives on Sudan Media Coverage
  • Policy and Action – Changing US Government Policy
  • Insights from International Leadership
  • Genocide Scholars: Intervention and Prevention

Workshop Topics

  • Lobbying 101
  • Leveraging Multi-Media Projects
  • Upholding Responsibility to Protect When States Fail
  • Arresting Bashir
  • Advocating for Human Rights in Sudan
  • Making bones for the One Million Bones event on the Mall in June

Monday Afternoon Group Activity

  • Lobby on Capitol Hill

Registration


Early Bird Registration Donation of $60 ends February 15, 2013!

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*You don’t have to be affiliated with Act for Sudan to attend!
*After February 15, registration will be $75
*Act for Sudan has arranged for special hotel pricing of $99/night. Once you have submitted your registration and payment you will receive information on booking the special hotel rate. Book soon to ensure you get the special rate.

Registration Donation Waiver

We understand that travel to DC can be cost prohibitive, and hope to reach as wide and as inclusive an audience with this conference as possible. To that end, we have a limited amount of fee waivers or other travel assistance available.

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An Update on Sudan

There have been a number of developments over the past couple of months that should be of concern and interest to those who care about events in Sudan.

First, the Sudan Revolutionary Forces, working with the National Consensus Forces, created the New Dawn Charter. The New Dawn Charter is a document that declares the intentions of the SRF and NCF to work together to build a western style government with freedoms and liberties, including separation of church and state,  in the aftermath of the fall of the Khartoum Regime.  While it would be reasonable to assume that every party involved does not necessarily support all of the details of the New Dawn Charter, some of the parties being Communist, Baathist, or religiously oriented, the crux of the document is that the parties involved will work together to create a stable and healthy Sudan should the regime fall. This is a hopeful occurrence. Gibriel Ibrahim Mohamed, the Chairperson of the Justice and Equality Movement, wrote a good editorial explaining the purpose of the Charter which may be found here.

Second, fighting along the Sudan – South Sudan border continues and the two nations do not appear to be able to move forward in settling their disputes. Every week, there are villages bombed and civilians killed by Sudan’s armed forces.

Third, the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile is deteriorating. What aid was able to be brought in prior to onset of the rainy season is rapidly diminishing. Food, clean water, and medicine are all in extremely short supply.

Fourth, there is a strengthening relationship between Sudan, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Hizballah and Hamas that is being developed by the Iranian government. Iran had already been manufacturing weapons in Khartoum for Hizballah and Hamas to use against Israel, but now seeks to use Sudan as a base of operations in the Red Sea as such. We may see a significantly increased Iranian military presence in Port Sudan in the coming months.

Fifth, there seems to be little or no political will to enforce sanctions against the government of Sudan. Germany recently held a conference promoting investment in Sudan. More importantly, the United States has been pressuring South Sudan to restart the flow of oil, which provide a significant income stream and undermine the affect of sanctions. This certainly is also aimed at helping the South Sudanese economy, but it will help Sudan as well.