What is the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THINKING???!!! SUDAN’s PRESIDENT IS A THUG, A MASS KILLER — why would we invite these officials to the USA? ..

Sudan

Have we lost our mind?  Allowing these thugs on our soil — worse, inviting them?

I have to post the email (below in black text) that I received.  You all know what I think/ know about President Bashir of Sudan.  I know you think/know the same.  He is a killer.  He is mean.  He is nothing but a worthless thug.

Recently his silly little lying controlled newspaper penned an op/ed stating that I am a liar when I point out what he has been doing and is doing, but you have seen it with your own eyes in the many pictures I have posted here on GretaWire.  The pictures posted on GretaWire the last 13 months prove what kind of man Bashir is….evil.

Please help — email the State Department and the White House.  Tell them we won’t coddle international killers.  If the White House thinks a dialogue with this awful man is important — meet some place else and not giving him the honor of his delegation coming to our soil.  The usual place for a meeting with someone like Bashir or his henchmen would be Geneva, Switzerland but I suggest meeting Pres Bashir halfway — in the Hague so that the ICC can arrest him and make him face that genocide indictment.

Greta – I’m hoping you will consider writing a column on this disturbing development in U.S. Sudan policy. As the press release below details, we (an alliance of 74 American and Sudanese rights groups) have sent a public letter to Secretary Kerry in which ask him to rescind the controversial invitation to Nafie Ali Nafie for high-level talks with the USG.

The letter cites a 2011 proclamation by President Obama which states that the United States will not allow entry to any alien who had “planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights, or who attempted or conspired to do so.” The proclamation further declares that, “The Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee, in his or her sole discretion, shall identify persons covered by … this proclamation.”

I hope to hear your thoughts.

Best regards,

Susan Morgan
Communications Advisor
Act for Sudan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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ACT FOR SUDAN ASKS KERRY TO RESCIND INVITATION TO NOTORIOUS SUDAN OFFICIAL

Group cites Nafie’s role in torture and genocide, collects statements from torture victims

WASHINGTON, DC – May 2, 2013 – As the Obama administration readies the proverbial red carpet for a delegation led by Nafie Ali Nafie, one of the leading architects and implementers of torture and genocide in Sudan, a leading alliance of human rights groups has sent a public letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to rescind the Administration’s invitation.

“The Administration’s invitation for high-level talks undermines established U. S. policy and violates President Obama’s promise to bar perpetrators of serious human rights violations from entry into the country,” states the letter, citing a 2011 proclamation by President Obama. “Act for Sudan, a bipartisan, interfaith alliance of 74 American and Sudanese grassroots advocacy groups, requests that you rescind the invitation immediately.” Act for Sudan is collecting statements from Nafie’s victims. (Full text of letter to Kerry and victims’ statements below.)

As a senior advisor to Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s president for whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Nafie headed the feared National Intelligence and Security Service. He also helped establish the regime’s strategy to eliminate or expel indigenous African people by bombing, attacking, raping and starving innocent civilians. The ICC named Nafie as among the key senior officials who were complicit in Bashir’s crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In August 2011, President Obama promised in an official proclamation that the United States would not allow entry to any alien who had “planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights, or who attempted or conspired to do so.” The proclamation further declared that, “The Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee, in his or her sole discretion, shall identify persons covered by … this proclamation.”

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Act for Sudan is an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. Act for Sudan is dedicated to advocacy that is directly informed by the situation on the ground and by Sudanese people who urgently seek protection, justice, and peace. For more information please visit www.actforsudan.org.

Statements from Nafie’s Victims:

My name is Abdalmageed Salih Abker Haroun and I am a victim of torture by Nafie Ali Nafie from 2009 to 2010. I was arrested in Khartoum and taken to the National Intelligence and Security Service building where I was tortured. I asked why I was being tortured, and security agents told me that my file was sent to Nafie and he would decide if I would be detained or released. There was an international campaign launched for my release, which included a letter from the late Congressman Donald Payne. Nafie said he did not care what the international community said. He said there was no evidence against me, but he felt like I was suspicious and so he ordered me to stay for more than four and half months. I was tortured every day. I do not welcome Nafie to the United States and the U.S. should not do any deals with the Sudan government except to increase sanctions and pressure until the government is removed. (April 30, 2013)

My name is Hawa Salih and I am one survivor of the Darfur genocide. My village was destroyed completely, and one hundred family members were killed systemically, ethnically as Fur tribe people. 50 ladies were raped as a weapon of war from my village; ten of them were ladies from my family. For nine years I was forced to live in a refugee camp. I was arrested three times, kidnapped twice, tortured with electric shock, treated without dignity in detention, and sentenced to death. I was forced to flee Sudan because of my activism as a human rights activist in rejecting the serious crimes that were happening to my people. I was the voice of the women and youth in the IDP camps and universities as well as among students and activists. This was carried out since 2003 until May 2011 by the NCP, Nafie as one of them, and the Janjaweed militia. In addition, Nafie led the very high level of torture, which was witnessed by millions of Sudanese and Southern Sudanese, and it is still ongoing. The United States should not deal with the Sudan government until it immediately allows humanitarian aid into war affected areas; stops bombing Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile; allows the UN and the US to protect civilians and to investigate human rights crimes; and sends criminals to the ICC. (April 30, 2013)

FULL TEXT OF LETTER

May 2, 2013

Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

The recent invitation to a senior delegation of the National Congress Party (NCP), headed by Nafie Ali Nafie, principal advisor to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, undermines established U. S. policy and violates President Obama’s promise to bar perpetrators of serious human rights violations from entry to this country.

Act for Sudan, a bipartisan, interfaith alliance of 74 American and Sudanese grassroots advocacy groups, requests that you rescind the invitation immediately.

As a senior advisor to Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s president for whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Nafie headed the feared National Intelligence and Security Service. He also helped establish the regime’s strategy to eliminate or expel indigenous African people by bombing, attacking, raping and starving innocent civilians. The ICC named Nafie as among the key senior officials who were complicit in Bashir’s crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Victims of Nafie, who are now outside of Sudan and who were imprisoned and horribly tortured in “ghost houses” he established, speak of Nafie being present during their torture. Others note, “His hands are bloody with crimes committed during the ethnic cleansing of Darfur, South Sudan and South Kordofan.”

In August 2011, President Obama promised in an official proclamation that the United States would not allow entry to any alien who had “planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights, or who attempted or conspired to do so.” The proclamation further declared that, “The Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee, in his or her sole discretion, shall identify persons covered by … this proclamation.”

The invitation extended by the Obama Administration is a clear violation of the President’s promise and an affront to the victims and vulnerable people in Sudan.

Sincerely,

Eric Cohen

Co-Founder, Act for Sudan

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