With the referendum on southern independence only a few weeks away, time is running out to prevent a return to large-scale violence in Sudan and improve the deteriorating situation in Darfur.
Thankfully, the United States holds the Presidency of the U.N. Security Council during December. This is a critical opportunity for President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice to rally world leaders to prevent violence in Sudan, but there is a big problem:
China helped finance the genocide in Darfur through its oil purchases and supplied the genocidaires with weapons. Beijing has repeatedly used its influence to shield members of the regime in Khartoum from international pressure. Just last month China tried to bury a U.N. Report that says Chinese bullets were used in Darfur.
Tell Ambassador Rice to hold China accountable and demand that it join international efforts to promote peace in Sudan.
The U.N. Security Council was established to “ensure global peace and stability,” but China has not used its seat to help bring peace to Sudan. When given a choice to protect the leaders of the Sudanese regime or the people of Darfur, the Chinese have consistently sided with their business partners in Khartoum.
Ask Ambassador Rice to hold China accountable for its role in Darfur.
President Obama and Ambassador Rice have taken important and direct steps to prioritize Sudan on the global stage. But getting things done at the U.N. without China’s cooperation is nearly impossible. However, China does respond to pressure. China allowed the crisis in Darfur to be referred to the International Criminal Court, leading to arrest warrants for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and others. And China recently abstained on the reauthorization of the Darfur arms embargo. It’s not easy, but our activism can make a difference.
Send your message to Ambassador Rice: The U.S. must demand that China use its seat on the Security Council to promote peace in Sudan.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here is the latest from the Save Darfur Coalition: