Hearings & Briefings

The Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in South Kordofan and Continuing Human Rights Violations in Darfur

Hearing Thursday, September 22, 2011 10 AM Cannon HOB 334

This hearing will take place at 10 AM on 9/22/2011, in Cannon HOB 334.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
10 AM
Cannon HOB 334
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the current human rights situation in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Darfur regions.

On June 5, 2011, violence broke out in Sudan’s South Kordofan state between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. Reports have emerged from South Kordofan that serious violations of international law and human rights are taking place including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, and attacks against civilians. The SAF continues to indiscriminately bomb civilian and agricultural areas while the Sudan government’s ground forces have been accused of killing individuals based on their political and ethnic identities. As a result of the violence, an estimated 150,000 people have been displaced from South Kordofan where government restrictions have prevented aid groups from delivering food and other assistance.

This hearing will examine the numerous and grave human rights abuses occurring in South Kordofan. In addition, the Commission will focus on the serious refugee crisis, the continued violence in the Darfur region, and the role of the United States and international organizations in addressing these humanitarian concerns.
The following witnesses have been invited to testify:
• Jana Mason, Senior Advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
• The Honorable Tom Andrews, President, Genocide Intervention/Save Darfur Coalition; Former Member of Congress
• Jeheanne Henry, Senior Researcher on Sudan, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
• Omer Ismail, Senior Policy Advisor, Enough Project
• Dr. Luka Biong Deng, Executive Director Kush, Inc.; Former Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the National Government of Sudan

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Hofsommer (Rep. McGovern) or Wendy Sneff (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599, or send an email to tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC


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