Target: President Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan
Goal: Urge the government of Sudan to end attacks on civilian villages
After a brief period of relative calm, the government of Sudan has resumed attacks on its own people. This includes violence against civilians and the detainment and killing of peaceful protesters. Urge Sudan’s president to stop the brutality immediately.
The advocacy group Human Rights Watch reports that villages in the Darfur region of Sudan have again begun to see attacks and raids on their homes both from forces in the air and on the ground. Earlier this month, students who were peacefully protesting in the city of Khartoum were rounded up and detained; one was even killed in the turbulence. President Omar al-Bashir has been warned time and again by the international community to cease attacks on peaceful civilians. He has is wanted by the International Criminal Court for atrocities carried out against the people of Darfur. Demand that President al-Bashir end the violence in his country and stop terrorizing his own people.
According to Human Rights Watch, “On March 11, Sudanese police and national security forces used excessive lethal force at Khartoum University to disperse Darfuri students protesting the recent attacks against civilians in Darfur. The security forces, joined by armed men in civilian clothes, fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition at the largely peaceful protesters, witnesses told Human Rights Watch. One student, Ali Abakr Musa Idris, died from a gunshot wound, and several others were injured from rubber bullets and beatings. Since the crackdown, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has detained Darfuri students, lawyers, and human rights defenders without charge.”
This kind of violence against peaceful young people does nothing to stop rebel forces within Sudan, likely emboldening rebels to commit further violence against what they see as an unjust regime. Human Rights watch also received testimonials of villagers in Darfur who claim that soldiers of the Sudanese government entered their village, ransacked their homes and farms and killed many who tried to flee. This kind of unprovoked violence serves as a kind of painful de ja vu for many observers. We must not let it escalate further. Call on president of Sudan Omar al-Bashir to end the violence today.
Dear President Omar al-Bashir,
The recent return of violence to peaceful villages in Sudan is unacceptable and a shame on your government. The rounding up and detainment of students, and the killing of peaceful protesters is deplorable. If Sudan is ever to become a stable democracy the slaughter of innocent civilians must end.
I am urging you to stop raids on civilian villages and violent disruption of peaceful protests, I am insisting that you respond to the demands of the International Criminal Court, and face the pain and suffering in Darfur caused by your administrations actions.
[Your Name Here]
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