Genocide Prevention Day: Remember the Victims, Protect The Living and Pursue Justice

Darfur Women Action Group is pleased to mark United Nations’ “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime”. However, we would like to take this opportunity to call on the United Nations and member states to match their words with actions, and pursue accountability for the heinous crimes committed in Darfur.

We want to remind you that as we speak, violence, rape, arbitrary arrests and torture are devastating the lives of innocent civilians in Darfur. Countless men, women and children lose their lives every day, while the living endure unimaginable suffering and have nowhere to turn. In spite of the alarming rate at which the violence continues, world leaders continue to face the situation in Darfur with silence.Those who have spoken up have not moved beyond words of condemnation.

On this occasion, we would like to add our voice to the United Nations and other international bodies in remembering the past, but also urge world leaders that it is imperative to protect those who are STILL under threat of being killed, raped and dehumanized by genocide.

We urge you to use your voice to remind the United Nations and member states that president al-Bashir of Sudan is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the world’s worst crimes- genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, perpetrated against the people of Darfur. In spite of an arrest warrant issued by the ICC, the mastermind of the genocide in Darfur remains a fugitive, and continues to defy justice.

Please join us in marking this day by taking action. Share our #16Days Survivor Stories with 5-10 people in your network and urge them to demand justice. Also, please donate to our organization to enable us to continue to empower victims to speak for themselves, and to hold the international community accountable for the ongoing genocide in Darfur.

Support DWAG to fight for justice and to speak up for the forgotten people of Darfur. With a collective effort, we can make a difference and permanently end genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.

Thank you,

DWAG team