Declaration of Famine in South Sudan

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 21, 2017

The United States is gravely concerned by the February 20 declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan and by the significant scale of humanitarian need throughout the country. This crisis is man-made, the direct consequence of a conflict prolonged by South Sudanese leaders who are unwilling to put aside political ambitions for the good of their people. We call on President Kiir to expeditiously make good on his promise that humanitarian and developmental organizations will have unimpeded access to populations in need across the country.
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On Progress in Sudan

Press Statement

 

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC

January 13, 2017

 

Six months ago, the United States began a comprehensive engagement plan with the Government of Sudan aimed at ending the government’s offensive military operations, improving humanitarian access, ending Sudan’s destabilizing role in South Sudan, countering terrorist groups, and ending the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Since then, Sudan has met our benchmarks and made significant progress toward these goals, as well as new commitments. As a result, the United States has decided to issue a General License lifting sanctions on U.S. trade and investment in Sudan. Continue reading

United States Lifting Select Sanctions on Sudan

Fact Sheet

 

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

January 13, 2017

 

 

Why is the United States lifting sanctions on Sudan now?  Today’s actions to lift sanctions on Sudan and were the culmination of months of intensive bilateral engagement with Sudan. The United States and Sudan committed to focus on achieving progress in five key areas: ceasing hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas, improving humanitarian access, ending negative interference in South Sudan, enhancing cooperation on counterterrorism, and addressing the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). This process began in June, 2016. Continue reading

Bipartisan Group of 120 Lawmakers Call on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority

Congressmen Jim McGovern

Congressmen Jim McGovern

May 4, 2016

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today a bipartisan group of 120 members of Congress is calling on President Obama to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office. The bipartisan letter is led by Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA), co-chairs of a bipartisan Congressional human rights commission, and the co-chairs of the bipartisan Sudan and South Sudan Issues Caucus: Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Barbara Lee (D-CA). In the letter, the lawmakers call for strong U.S. leadership and advocacy on the grave abuses and humanitarian crisis that persist and continue to worsen inside Sudan itself. Continue reading

Sudan: United States Calls for End of Violence in Jebel Marra, Darfur

Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
February 18, 2016

The United States is deeply concerned about the increased violence against civilians and the grave humanitarian situation in and around Jebel Marra, Darfur. Initial attacks by the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid opposition group on Sudanese armed forces prompted a response by Sudan’s military that included aerial bombardments despite the UN Security Council demand that Sudan cease offensive military flights over Darfur. These attacks have forced 73,000 people to flee their homes, and thousands more are trapped in the conflict zone of Jebel Marra without access to aid. Continue reading

Press Releases: Sudan Revolutionary Front’s Commitment to a Cessation of Hostilities

Press Statement

John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 29, 2015

The United States welcomes the Sudan Revolutionary Front’s statement on September 15, 2015, including its commitment to a six-month cessation of hostilities. This statement follows the Government of Sudan’s announcement in August of a unilateral two month cessation of hostilities. We urge both parties to commit to a six month cessation of hostilities and to begin working in earnest to turn these announcements into a sustainable end to Sudan’s conflicts. Continue reading

Travel of Sudanese President Bashir to South Africa

Press Statement

John Kirby

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

June 14, 2015

The United States is deeply concerned by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s travel to South Africa for the African Union summit.

 President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide, and warrants for his arrest remain outstanding. Continue reading

U.S. Condemns Violence in Sudan

Press Statement

Jeff Rathke

Acting Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 8, 2015

 The United States is gravely concerned about the continuing fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region and Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Actions by the Sudanese government and armed opposition groups, especially following the return of some elements of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), have displaced countless civilians this year and exacerbated an already serious humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2014

Notice – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan

NOTICE
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CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN
On November 3, 1997, by Executive Order (E.O.) 13067, the President declared a national emergency with respect to Sudan and, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), took related steps to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the actions and policies of the Government of Sudan.  On April 26, 2006, in E.O. 13400, the President determined that the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region posed an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, expanded the scope of the national emergency to deal with that threat, and ordered the blocking of property of certain persons connected to the conflict.  On October 13, 2006, the President issued E.O. 13412 to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency and to implement the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-344). Continue reading

Explanation of Position: Human Rights Situation in Sudan

Ambassador Harper speaks at HRC Session 27

Ambassador Harper speaks at HRC Session 27

Explanation of Position: Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan

 Statement of the Delegation of the United States of America

 As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper

U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

 UN Human Rights Council, 27th Session

Geneva

September 26, 2014

  Mr. President, it is unfortunate to affirm again this year that the people of Sudan continue to face enormous human rights challenges.

 This resolution will renew the mandate of the Independent Expert for Sudan, and we strongly urge the Government of Sudan to continue working closely with the IE to address its increasingly troubling human rights record. Continue reading

Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 18, 2014

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) welcome recent efforts to reinvigorate a process of genuine national dialogue in Sudan. As the country confronts a new and critical era in its history, we remain conscious of the continuing governance concerns expressed by the Sudanese people, the problems of center-periphery imbalance, and the articulation of political, economic, and social grievances, particularly in the country’s peripheries. Despite years of peacemaking attempts supported by regional and international actors, deadly conflicts persist. We recognize that the many such attempts to resolve conflict and rectify grievances at a regional level have failed to achieve a sustainable peace. We reiterate our support for a mediation architecture that facilitates both resolution of conflict and a comprehensive process of national dialogue, and thus welcome initial progress with Sudanese stakeholders to this end, under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel. Continue reading

BNP Paribas Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $8.9

United States Department of Justice

United States Department of Justice

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, June 30, 2014

BNP Paribas Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $8.9 Billion for Illegally Processing Financial Transactions for Countries Subject to U.S. Economic Sanctions

According to court documents submitted today, BNP Paribas S.A. (BNPP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, agreed to enter a guilty plea to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) by processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Sudanese, Iranian, and Cuban entities subject to U.S. economic sanctions. The agreement by the French bank to plead guilty is the first time a global bank has agreed to plead guilty to large-scale, systematic violations of U.S. economic sanctions. Continue reading

Statement on the Government of Sudan’s Targeted Attacks on Civilians

Samantha Power

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Washington, DC

June 12, 2014

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms attacks by the Government of Sudan and its Rapid Support Forces (RSF) against civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Since April, not only have ground attacks on, and the shelling of, civilian populations increased, but the Government of Sudan has intensified its air campaign, dropping hundreds of barrel bombs and other ordnance on Sudanese towns and villages, deliberately targeting hospitals and schools. We are also disturbed by recent reports of aerial bombings targeting civilian humanitarian assistance workers – which, if accurate, would be a serious violation of international law and would compound the impediments that the government has already placed on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.

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Press Statement on the Detention of Former Prime Minister Saddiq al-Mahdi

الحبيب الإمام الصادق المهدي رئيس حزب الأمة القومي وإمام الأنصار ورئيس المنتدى العالمي للوسطية والفائز بجائزة قوسي للسلام لعام 2013

May 22, 2014

 

The United States Embassy in Khartoum expresses its deep concern over the detention of former Prime Minister Saddiq al-Mahdi. We urge the Government of Sudan to respect the fundamental human right to freedom of expression of all Sudanese citizens as enshrined in Article 39 of Sudan’s 2005 Interim Constitution.

 

In his January 27 and April 6, 2014 calls for a National Dialogue, President Bashir publicly pledged to increase freedom of expression. We urge the Government of Sudan to honor its public pledges as the Government initiates an inclusive National Dialogue.