I think this hearing could be more accurately titled ‘lack of’ Human Rights in Sudan (most notably the Nuba Mountains.) My good friend Ken Isaacs of Samaritan’s Purse will be one of the witnesses (see below / blue ink highlighted) at his important hearing. He has seen what has been going on with his own eyes multiple times.
You may be able to watch the hearing on C-span, and if you can, it will be worth watching. I know GretaWire bloggers know more about what is going on in Sudan and South Sudan than most (all?) Americans and hence this hearing will of great interest to GretaWire bloggers.
I have posted some pics below that I took in the Sudan and South Sudan and have included the hearing announcement.
Pic below is from our trip to Sudan and South Sudan with Reverend Franklin Graham. The refugees are showing Rev Graham the best they can do for food – bugs and leaves. President Bashir of Sudan has burned their farms and fields….and bombed them. The refugees in this pic have fled Sudan for the refugee camps in South Sudan in 105 heat without food (except bugs and leaves) and water.
Below is the hearing announcement:
Hearing: Human Rights in Sudan – June 19 @ 10 AM – 2200 Rayburn HOB
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing
Human Rights in Sudan
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2200 Rayburn HOB
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) for a hearing on human rights in Sudan and the humanitarian crises arising from the Government of Sudan’s longstanding human rights abuses.
Ten years since the beginning of state-sponsored crimes against civilians in Darfur, which the U.S. government found to constitute genocide, the human rights and humanitarian situation in the region remains dire. Civilians continue to face violent attacks by government forces, pro-government militias, and armed opposition groups, while humanitarian aid is severely limited for an estimated 2.3 million internally displaced persons. Some 130,000 Darfuris have been newly displaced in the first months of 2013 alone.
The state-sponsored violence and human rights abuses have spread to other areas of Sudan, resulting in vast humanitarian crises. The Government of Sudan’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states and its continued blocking of humanitarian relief have created a crisis that is nearing famine conditions. Over 900,000 Sudanese are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. The United Nations and independent monitors have documented abuses by the Government of Sudan and armed groups it supports that “may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Nearly 200,000 Sudanese have fled to South Sudan, a young country that is poor, has virtually no infrastructure, and faces its own challenges of state-building while resolving inter-communal and ethnic armed violence.
This hearing will address the humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan, the human rights violations underlying the crises, and U.S. policy in the region.
The following witnesses will testify:
· Larry Andre, Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
· Nancy E. Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
· John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough Project, and Co-Founder, Satellite Sentinel Project
· Ken Isaacs, Vice President, Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan’s Purse *WITNESS ADDED*
· E.J. Hogendoorn, Deputy Director, Africa, International Crisis Group
· Jehanne Henry, Senior Researcher on Sudan, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James P. McGovern Frank R. Wolf
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC