AFT Resolution

END THE VIOLENCE IN DARFUR

Whereas,tens of thousands of civilians have been murdered; and

Whereas, thousands of women have been raped in Sudan’s western region of Darfur by Sudanese government soldiers and members of the government-supported militia (Janjaweed); and
 
WHEREAS, two million civilians have been driven from their homes, their villages torched and their property stolen by Sudanese military and Janjaweed; and
 
WHEREAS, the ethnic and perceived racial basis of the violence has been documented by the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, independent human rights organizations and international journalists; and
 
WHEREAS, the Sudanese Khartoum-based government has inflamed ethnic conflict, impeded international humanitarian access, bombed civilians from aircraft, as well as murdered and raped civilians:
resolved, that the American Federation of Teachers show its support for U.N. intervention by implementing the actions suggested by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience:
  • keep informed;
  • contact the media;
  • communicate with the government;
  • support relief efforts;
  • inform other members of the community about the atrocities of the Sudanese government; and
  • support the ongoing efforts of the museum to draw attention to what is happening in Darfur; and
RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers support other efforts to stop the violence in Darfur.
(2009)

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