U.S. Routine Punishment of the Sudanese People is Unjustified

Nov 02, 2011, 14:50 ET from Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The White House has once again renewed the completely inexcusable sanctions imposed against Sudan since 1993. The pretext given in the executive order is the baseless charge pertaining to support for international terrorism, and the irresolution of the crisis in Darfur. With regards to the first, it suffices to recall the praise consistently issued by the State Department in its "Country Reports on Terrorism" where it attests to Sudan's boundless support to the U.S. war on terrorism.

Concerning Darfur, Sudan has proposed and taken part in countless initiatives geared towards resolving the issue. The unreserved cooperation with international actors as once documented by the UN Secretary General, are a testament to it's yearn and ardent search for a resolution. The U.S. itself has taken part in some of these very efforts, the latest of which is the one hosted in Doha. Herein is the second contradiction. There is no question that sanctions are "leverage" the U.S. government intends to keep misusing for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile the innocent Sudanese continue to suffer under this policy that even the United Nations condemns as "legally and practically bankrupt"!

It is a program intended to devastate communities wholesale and create unrest in countries. There are a good number of examples where the U.S.-imposed "targeted" sanctions were directly responsible for the deaths of millions, half of whom are children. And in Sudan, U.S. sanctions only compound the suffering of a population that is already weary from the global financial meltdown. It is unfortunate, that this administration has failed to rectify this egregious mistake and has instead opted to retain the failed policy. The U.S. Law makers must at some point come to terms with the fact that Times and circumstances do change. Routines must also change, and it should begin by correcting this policy responsible for economic injustices against the innocent citizens of Sudan.

Embassy of Sudan Press and Information Office, phone: +1-202-338-8565, or fax: +1-202-667-2406

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