Jan 25th, 2010
Sudan 365: update
In early January, 38 Degrees members joined in with ‘Speak up for Sudan’ to tell the Government to protect civilians in Sudan.
With only one year left until a referendum that will shape the future of Africa’s largest country there is a real opportunity to help the people of Sudan build a peaceful and more prosperous future, in which basic human rights are guaranteed. But without adequate preparation, the upcoming national elections and referendum could re-ignite conflict between the north and the south of the country. To the west of the country, the humanitarian situation in Darfur remains bad.
By the end of last week, hundreds of people had sent letters and e-mails to their MPs. The Beat for Peace video has been watched over 100,000 times and several campaigners have uploaded their own responses. Drumming protesters also gathered outside Downing Street to send a message to the Prime Minister about Sudan.
The government have responded to building pressure on Sudan, announcing £54 million aid package for Sudan on 6th January. Gordon Brown also issued a statement urging everyone in Sudan to increase their efforts to secure a peaceful future. He said that the international community would support Sudan’s leaders to ensure that peace and not conflict would be Sudan’s future.
We’re planning to keep up the pressure for the UK government to play its part in protecting human rights and promoting peace in Sudan and around the world.