Thursday, August 17, 2006

John Kerry Applauded for His Fight to End Genocide in Darfur

Today, the Genocide Intervention Network awarded Senator John Kerry an A+ -- a perfect score for his strong support of aggressive U.S. action to end the genocide in Darfur. The Genocide Intervention Network is a non-profit organization working to stop genocide around the globe.

“The genocide in Darfur is inexcusable. It is a tragedy that shocks the conscience of everyone who cares about human rights and basic human dignity,” John Kerry said. “The United States has a moral obligation to do everything we can to protect the people of Darfur from the widespread killings, enslavement and ethnic cleansing, and I’m going to keep pushing Washington to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk and take action to permanently end these atrocities.”

The Genocide Intervention Network scorecards measure the votes of every member of Congress on significant legislation concerning the crisis in Darfur during the current legislative session.

“They’re an important reminder that there will be accountability for every single member of Congress when it comes to ending the horrific genocide in Darfur,” Kerry continued.

Since the beginning of the conflict, nearly 400,000 Darfurians have been killed, almost 2.5 million have been displaced, and over 200,000 have been forced into exile.

“If stopping the genocide in Darfur becomes a top priority for the United States, the atrocities can be stopped,” said Mark Hanis, Executive Director of the Network. “The efforts of champions in Congress bring our great country closer to that commitment.”

To view the Genocide Intervention Network’s report, click here.


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