The Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan

The Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan The Caucus on Sudan & South Sudan is a bipartisan Congressional Member Organization providing information on developments on Sudan and South Sudan.

Founded in 2005 by Reps. Michael E. Capuano (MA), Donald M. Payne (NJ), Tom Tancredo (CO), and Frank Wolf (VA), the Sudan and South Sudan Caucus gives the people of Sudan and South Sudan a voice in Congress dedicated to their fair treatment and the protection of their rights. This bipartisan Congressional Member Organization remains committed to the people of Sudan and South Sudan, and continues to work in support of comprehensive peace in Sudan and a peaceful and economically viable South Sudan. The Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan is currently co-chaired by Reps. Capuano, Michael McCaul (TX), and Barbara Lee (CA).

See below to read a statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Peace Agreement in South Sudan.
08/19/2015
Statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Peace Agreement in South Sudan

See below to read a statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Peace Agreement in South Sudan.

The United States welcomes the signing yesterday by the opposition and other stakeholders of the South Sudan peace agreement. However, we are deeply disappointed that the Government of South Sudan under President Kiir yet again squandered the opportunity to bring peace to their people by refusing to…

President Obama met with regional leaders in Ethiopia Monday to discuss the conflict in South Sudan and how the regional...
07/27/2015
Obama, in Ethiopia, Addresses South Sudan Conflict

President Obama met with regional leaders in Ethiopia Monday to discuss the conflict in South Sudan and how the regional parties can implement a unified, aggressive approach to bring peace to the people of South Sudan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/world/africa/obama-ethiopia-south-sudan.html?ref=world

He convened a meeting to try to forge peace in the new country, the birth of which four years ago was the capstone of his Africa policy.

Human Rights Watch released a report today that details intentional attacks on innocent civilians by the South Sudanese ...
07/22/2015
South Sudan Army Accused of War Crimes

Human Rights Watch released a report today that details intentional attacks on innocent civilians by the South Sudanese Army. The report, titled “They Burned it All”, documents multiple attacks in at least two dozen towns in Unity State that have resulted in the deaths of at least 60 civilians.

To read more about this report, visit:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/south-sudan-army-accused-of-war-crimes-1437582621

The south Sudanese army carried out deliberate attacks against civilians during a recent offensive to recapture oil-rich regions that may amount to war crimes, a rights group said.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated calls for peace in South Sudan on Monday and expressed his suppo...
07/14/2015
UN News - Ban urges South Sudan leaders to ‘give up war’ and forge a political agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated calls for peace in South Sudan on Monday and expressed his support for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to reach a peaceful agreement between the warring parties. The Secretary-General also reminded the warring parties that those responsible for the atrocities committed during this conflict, which has left close to 4.6 million without access to humanitarian aid, will be held accountable for their crimes.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51405#.VaVCGvlVikq

Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the leaders of the country to end hostilities and to move beyond their “partial interests” and show courage and leadership.

07/09/2015

Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Bill to Promote Peace, Stability in South Sudan

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Tom Rooney (R-FL), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today introduced bipartisan legislation to promote a negotiated settlement for lasting peace and stability in South Sudan.

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians have been killed and an estimated two million have fled their homes since fighting broke out in December 2013. The “South Sudan Peace Promotion and Accountability Act,” H.R. 2989, directs the President to submit to Congress a strategy to support the U.N. peacekeeping mission, advance reconciliation, investigate human rights abuses, and ease the refugee crisis. It codifies into U.S. law sanctions against individuals who have undermined the peace process, and includes a statement of Congress urging all parties involved in the conflict to immediately cease all violence and work toward a negotiated, transparent settlement.

Rep. Rooney said: “As South Sudan marks the four-year anniversary of its independence, the nation remains mired in violence and instability. Thousands have died, millions have fled their homes, and millions more face hunger and disease. Yet, as my cousin Rooney Mara learned in her trips to South Sudan that inspired me to work on this bill, the South Sudanese people remain resilient and hopeful. This bill will help fulfill those hopes by promoting a path forward for peace, stability and prosperity and South Sudan.”

Rep. Capuano said: “Millions of South Sudanese citizens continue suffering at the hands of this horrific conflict, bringing the region closer to a humanitarian disaster. While the United States is the world’s leading humanitarian donor to South Sudan, it is clear more must be done to pressure warring parties to establish a transitional government and bring peace to their people. July 9th marks the four year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, and on this anniversary the United States must renew its commitment to helping South Sudan become a country of peace and prosperity. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the House to introduce this legislation reaffirming the U.S.’s commitment to the people of South Sudan as well as our support of the United Nations Security Council’s efforts to seek accountability among the warring parties.”

Rep. McCaul said: “On July 9, 2011, the American people celebrated with South Sudan as it declared its independence from a genocidal dictator and state sponsor of terrorism. Sadly, four years after that hopeful moment, South Sudan today is engaged in a senseless and brutal civil war which has devastated millions of innocent lives. Immediate attention to the dire humanitarian situation is needed from the international community. The South Sudan Peace Promotion and Accountability Act will elevate U.S. leadership in South Sudan and encourage the warring parties to solve this conflict peacefully.”

Rep. Lee said: “The United States will not sit idly by as violence and human rights abuses continue in South Sudan. The recent upsurge in fighting is extremely troubling, especially with reports that armed groups are targeting children,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). “All parties and the international community must renew its commitment to bringing an end to this brutal conflict and ensuring peace and stability for the people of South Sudan. The South Sudan Peace Promotion and Accountability Act of 2015 is an important step in that direction.”

Rep. Fortenberry said: “July 9 marks the celebration of South Sudan’s Independence. In 2011, the United States looked upon a new country, hoping it could emerge from years of oppression to chart a course for peace and prosperity. Sadly, South Sudan is mired in a violent struggle for power, and the innocent are once again suffering the consequences. This important legislation will hopefully help end much brutal and senseless violence—and advance a bright future for the people of South Sudan.”

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As South Sudan prepares to commemorate its fourth anniversary of independence, people are finding little reason to celeb...
07/08/2015
South Sudan’s Fourth Anniversary Offers Little to Celebrate

As South Sudan prepares to commemorate its fourth anniversary of independence, people are finding little reason to celebrate. With a failing economy, the absence of infrastructure, and an ongoing conflict that has impacted almost half of the population, the joy that accompanied the young nation’s secession four years ago has given way to instability and despair.

Read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/world/africa/south-sudans-fourth-anniversary-offers-little-to-celebrate.html?smid=tw-nytimes

Independence was greeted with great hope in 2011 but now rings hollow for many as their country descends further into division and misery.

Despite objections from the Sudanese government, the United Nations has unanimously agreed to extend its peacekeeping ef...
07/01/2015
U.N. Council Extends Troops’ Presence in Darfur

Despite objections from the Sudanese government, the United Nations has unanimously agreed to extend its peacekeeping efforts in the Darfur region for at least another year to continue assisting the almost five million people affected by the conflict since its start in 2004.

Read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/world/africa/un-council-extends-troops-presence-in-darfur.html?ref=world

The council agreed unanimously to keep peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region for at least another year, but did not reach a consensus on how to help gain custody of Sudan’s president.

George Clooney addressed the ongoing violence in South Sudan in an op-ed published by CNN today. In his op-ed, Clooney c...
06/25/2015
George Clooney: Sanctions not enough in South Sudan - CNN.com

George Clooney addressed the ongoing violence in South Sudan in an op-ed published by CNN today. In his op-ed, Clooney calls on the President to urge South Sudan’s neighbors to seek a new approach for peace in the war torn nation. Read Clooney’s Op-Ed here:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/24/opinions/clooney-kumar-sudan-action/index.html

To stop the death spiral in South Sudan, the U.S. must fashion a new approach to peacemaking with biting consequences for those who fan the flames of war.

06/22/2015
Not the time to pull peacekeepers from Darfur: U.S. envoy

Between 200,000-300,000 people have died in Darfur since the conflict erupted in 2004, according to the U.N. With reports indicating that violence in the region is intensifying, the U.S. Envoy to the U.N. is urging council members not to withdraw U.N. peacekeepers from Sudan’s Darfur region.

Read more here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/us-sudan-darfur-un-usa-idUSKBN0OZ2JM20150619?feedType=RSS&feedName=everything&virtualBrandChannel=11563

Now is not the time to withdraw international peacekeepers from Sudan's Darfur region, where violence is increasing and tens of thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes, the U.S.

Sixty million people have been forced to leave their homes due to war and persecution, according to a report released by...
06/18/2015
60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says

Sixty million people have been forced to leave their homes due to war and persecution, according to a report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today. The top five refugee source countries include Sudan and South Sudan. To read more about the report, visit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/world/60-million-people-fleeing-chaotic-lands-un-says.html?src=xps

The United Nations refugee agency finds that war and persecution have displaced a record number of people.

USAID has announced progress along the Sudan-South Sudan border. Cross-border trade between the two nations have grown s...
06/17/2015
Reducing Tensions on the Sudan-South Sudan Border | U.S. Agency for International Development

USAID has announced progress along the Sudan-South Sudan border. Cross-border trade between the two nations have grown steadily, allowing USAID to expand various programs, such as their cattle vaccination and pharmaceutical programs, which help support vital aspects of the local economies on both sides. To read more, see here:

http://www.usaid.gov/results-data/success-stories/reducing-tensions-south-sudan-sudan-border

Over the past six years, USAID has contributed to the development of a “soft border” between the two areas, enabling Sudanese nomadic tribes to access traditional grazing lands in South Sudan each year. Sudanese traders are also able to travel into South Sudan, expanding access to goods.

The United States denounces the Government of South Sudan’s decision to remove United Nations Deputy Special Representat...
06/03/2015
Condemning Expulsion From South Sudan of UN Deputy Special Representative

The United States denounces the Government of South Sudan’s decision to remove United Nations Deputy Special Representative in South Sudan and Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN Mission in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer. Mr. Lanzer has been the centerpiece of the UN’s mission to restore peace in the region and has played a pivotal role in helping the international community meet the needs of the more than four million South Sudanese citizens suffering in the ongoing conflict.

To read the full press statement, click here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/06/243112.htm

Condemning Expulsion From South Sudan of UN Deputy Special Representative

Five senior officials from the United Nations have reiterated calls for peace as violence continues to escalate across t...
06/01/2015
UN News - South Sudan: UN officials call for international engagement to de-escalate country’s...

Five senior officials from the United Nations have reiterated calls for peace as violence continues to escalate across the war torn nation. UN representatives have also urged for the cessation of violence against civilians, specifically against women and children.

To read the entire story:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51000#.VWyjk8_BzGc

As South Sudan’s civil conflict continues to escalate, three senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation.ed on accountability…

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens have been forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalates in the ...
05/26/2015
South Sudan Faces Severe Food Shortage, Says U.N. Agency

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens have been forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalates in the Unity and Upper Nile states. This could prove disastrous as just under half of the country’s population relies on these areas for farming and medical supplies.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/south-sudan-faces-severe-food-shortage-says-u-n-agency-1432636187

At least 40% of South Sudan’s population will face severe food shortage over the next couple of months, a top aid official said.

South Sudanese citizens face daily challenges to their safety and well-being everyday due to the ongoing civil war. Task...
05/13/2015
South Sudan: how conflict shapes life in local communities – in pictures

South Sudanese citizens face daily challenges to their safety and well-being everyday due to the ongoing civil war. Tasks such as raising cattle or collecting water are extremely dangerous as they greatly increase the chances of confrontation. Communities First, a London photo exhibition, highlights these and multiple other hardships the people of South Sudan face. To view the photos visit:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2015/may/11/south-sudan-conflict-communities-exhibition-saferworld

In South Sudan, communities face many challenges to their safety and security, from land disputes and scarcity of resources to political violence. Communities First, a London exhibition organised by Saferworld, highlights the issues they face

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that he plans to provide South Sudan with $5 million to help “promote ...
05/12/2015
South Sudan: United States Provides Support for Justice and Accountability

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that he plans to provide South Sudan with $5 million to help “promote justice and accountability” throughout the nation. Pending congressional approval, the funding will also help improve South Sudanese civil society’s capabilities in recording human rights violations.

For the full statement from the U.S. Department of State, follow this link: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/05/241927.htm

South Sudan: United States Provides Support for Justice and Accountability

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (TX-10), House Fo...
04/22/2015
Members Send Bipartisan Letter to Secretary Kerry Calling for Further U.S. Engagement to End the...

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (TX-10), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-18), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan, Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Mike Capuano (MA-7), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), and other Members sent a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry calling for further engagement by the United States to end the civil violence plaguing South Sudan. The letter urges the Administration to increase pressure on both sides to resolve their differences through a peaceful, negotiated settlement and notes that continued violence has led to hardship and violence affecting millions of innocent South Sudanese.

To see the full press release, and to read the full letter, visit:

http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/members-send-bipartisan-letter-secretary-kerry-calling-further-us-engagement-end-violence-so

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (TX-10), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-18), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan, Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Mike Capu…

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The Caucus was founded in 2005 by Reps. Michael E. Capuano (MA), Donald M. Payne (NJ), Tom Tancredo (CO), and Frank Wolf (VA). Members of Congress believed the people of Sudan and South Sudan deserved a voice in Congress dedicated to their fair treatment and the protection of their rights.

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