On April 17, 2015, IJP proudly joined United to End Genocide (UEG), the Darfur People’s Association of New York (DPANY), and other supporters and friends in the “Protect People from Darfur” march on Friday, April 17, 2015 in New York City. The march coincided with Amnesty International’s 20th annual “Get on the Bus for Human Rights” day. Together, we took to peaceful action against the Sudanese government’s increased bombing and armed violence in Darfur, and advocated for continued peacekeeping efforts in the region.
UEG President, Tom Andrews, and Motasim of DPANY opened the protest with calls-to-action in front of the Sudan Mission to the United Nations, and together we marched to the U.S. Mission, chanting “Al-Bashir to the ICC”. There, IJP Executive Director, Monica Feltz, delivered a speech (find speech here) on the importance of strengthening and renewing the mandate of the African Union/United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to protect civilians in Darfur, and promoted action on this 10th anniversary year of UN Resolution 1593, referring Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The day concluded with a successful meeting with US Ambassador David Pressman to discuss and deliver over 15,000 signed UEG petitions urging the UN Security Council to strengthen and renew UNAMID and “fully support the ICC’s warrant for President Bashir by coordinating with member states to arrest him”.
It’s not too late, show your support and sign the petition here: Tell the Security Council: Protect the People of Darfur