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TO EXPRESS THE STRONG BELIEF OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT THE GENOCIDE IN DARFUR, SUDAN, SHOULD BE ENDED, AND TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR SPECIFIC STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PURPOSE.
Whereas, the United States government has named the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, a genocide; and
Whereas, more than three hundred thousand Darfurians have died and nearly two million have been displaced in this crime against humanity; and
Whereas, more are dying each day; and
Whereas, in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, the world has pledged to "Never Forget"; and
Whereas, we are one human family; and
Whereas, South Carolinians desire protection for the lives of our brothers and sisters abroad. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution call for an end to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Be it further resolved that the South Carolina General Assembly, in order to end the genocide:
(1) supports the current United Nations Security Council working resolution proposing asset freezes, travel bans, and an arms embargo on targeted officials of the Sudanese government;
(2) advocates for United States approval of, or abstention from, a vote in the Security Council to refer cases involving crimes against humanity in Sudan to the International Criminal Court;
(3) endorses a mandate for African Union troops in Darfur;
(4) calls on the Security Council to send United Nations peacekeeping troops into all of Sudan to enforce the recent peace agreement as well as to work alongside African Union troops already in Darfur; and
(5) supports the initiatives of citizens across the country writing their elected officials on behalf of those suffering in Sudan.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the United Nations Security Council.
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