Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Amnesty International Welcomes Appointment of U.S. Envoy for Darfur as Human Rights Violations and Violence Escalates

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 2:46 AM
Washington :  Amnesty International USA issued the following comments today from International Advocacy Director Dr. Scott Edwards, in response to the appointment of Ambassador Dane Smith as the senior U.S. diplomat for Darfur: 

“Amnesty International USA welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Smith, which comes as the human rights situation is deteriorating throughout Sudan and violence is escalating in Darfur. While the world looks ahead to the referendum in January on Southern Sudan’s independence–and hopes for a process that is free and fair and not marred by violence--the situation in Darfur is rapidly deteriorating.  According to Amnesty International’s most recent investigation, human rights defenders and journalists in Darfur face arbitrary arrest, harassment, and even torture at the hands of Sudan’s National Security Service.  In addition, the security situation overall is worsening for the people of Darfur, who have suffered for so many years.  It is our hope that the United States government and Ambassador Smith will make it a priority to address the worsening security situation and human rights violations in Darfur and to secure justice for the Sudanese people so that they can live in dignity and without fear.” (Released on Monday, December 13, 2010) 

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