One Million Bones is excited to offer an opportunity to Act Against Atrocities during an advocacy day with our partners at the Enough Project.
Join us on Monday, June 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Meet with Members of Congress and urge them to take action to address the atrocities unfolding in the world’s worst conflicts!
*Please join us at 7:30 am at 4th Street on the Mall before Advocacy Day Orientation and Training to "Take a Bone to Congress" and bring a memorable leave-behind to your meetings on the Hill!
*Pre-registered participants will meet at 8:00 am for Orientation and Training at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Remember to wear business casual attire for your meetings!
The Enough Project will schedule and coordinate all Congressional meetings and organize a group leader to accompany you or your group. Training(s) and materials will be provided for all participants. Please note that most meetings will conclude by 2:00 PM, but others may last until 4:00 PM.
Registration is now closed. Thanks so all who signed up!
More information on the Advocacy Day and FAQs can be found here.
To view a map including directions from the Washington Court Hotel to House and Senate Office Buildings, D.C. Metro stops and nearby food options, click here.
Specific talking points and policy asks include:
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Peace has a better chance to take root in eastern Congo now than at any time since the conflict began for three reasons: (1) donor governments are pressuring Rwanda to break ties with the M23, (2) a growing consumer movement for conflict-free products and U.S. congressional legislation have made it more difficult for armed groups to generate revenue; and (3) the International Monetary Fund has suspended work in Congo until the government enacts reforms. This pressure has helped reduce external support to M23 and is motivating Congo and Rwanda to participate more constructively in peace and reform processes.
In January 2013, the U.N. and regional government signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region. The U.S. government has an important role to play in ensuring that the Framework is operationalized through a legitimate peace process that revolves mainly around democratic transformation in Congo, regional negotiations over economic and security issues, and increased accountability for war criminals.
Congress must send a clear message to the Obama Administration that now is the time for the U.S. government to demonstrate its commitment to peace in eastern Congo.
Congress can play a constructive role in promoting peace in the region by:
Co-sponsoring H. Res 131 in the House or S. Res 144 in the Senate, which urge the U.S.
government to appoint a special envoy, call on relevant nations to cooperate to end the illicit conflict minerals trade, work with the Government of Congo to improve accountability for serious human rights abuses and, work with the U.N. special envoy to promote a transparent and inclusive process to implement commitments made under the Framework.
Combating the conflict minerals trade by asking President Obama to place sanctions on the key smugglers of conflict gold.
Sudan and South Sudan
This year, escalating violence plunged Sudan’s Darfur region into the worst humanitarian crisis in years. Over five times as many people having been displaced in the first few months of 2013 than in the entirety of 2012. The Sudanese military and government-backed militias are also perpetrating atrocities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, where rebel forces are engaged in an uprising against the government. Over one million people from these two states have been either internally displaced or forced to flee Sudan and seek refuge in neighboring countries. Those who remain are cut off from desperately needed food and medical care because of the Sudanese government’s refusal to permit international aid organizations access to conflict-affected areas. But people are working to find a solution. This past year saw unprecedented collaboration between armed groups, traditional political opposition parties, student groups, and civil society who have come together and agreed on a common platform for fundamental change in the way the country is governed.
Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan remain high. Sudan continues to hold oil being exported from South Sudan hostage to other political interests, destabilizing the two countries’ relationship. The human rights situation in South Sudan is also deteriorating in part due to the proliferation of small arms, support to militias by Khartoum, a lack of accountability, and limited economic opportunity.
The U.S. Congress can help promote peace in the two Sudans by taking two steps:
(1) Co-sponsoring H.R. 1692, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act. H.R. 1692, which requires the Administration to create a comprehensive U.S. strategy to support Sudanese aspiration for democratic reforms, end serious human rights abuses in Sudan, ensure accountability for persons who have committed or assisted in serious abuses, and reinvigorate genuinely comprehensive and sustainable peace efforts that can end Sudan’s multiple crises.
(2) Calling on President Obama to help shepherd democratic transformation in Sudan by providing more robust support and democracy and governance assistance to Sudanese opposition groups and civil society working for increased political space and democratic governance.