Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, was arrested this morning at the Sudan Embassy during a protest against Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to half a million people.
Joining Moran at the protest were actor George Clooney and his father Nick Clooney, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Olver (D-MA) and Al Green (D-TX), Martin Luther King III, NAACP’s Ben Jealous, actor Dick Gregory, and John Prendergast co-founder of the Enough Project.
“There is a moral imperative for those of us who, but for the luck of birth, benefit every day from peace and prosperity to speak out for those who face the atrocities of starvation and oppression,” said Moran at the protest. “Today, we walk up to the doorway of Omar al-Bashir’s Embassy, and say loud and clear: Enough.”
Since June 2011, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has blocked humanitarian and food aid to the South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei regions along the border of South Sudan. Today’s protest drew attention to the aerial attacks by Sudanese forces against civilians displaced by the conflict, as well as the continued refusal of the Bashir government to allow humanitarian access to aid groups. Military action in the region has prevented the Sudanese people from growing and planting food, threatening starvation.
Rep. Moran is a cosponsor of the “Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012,” H.R. 4169, which would create a comprehensive strategy for ending serious human rights violations, promoting democratic reform, and establishing lasting peace in Sudan.
Moran is a longtime advocate for peace and stability in Sudan. In 2006, Moran was arrested at the Sudan Embassy during a protest against the genocide in Darfur.
To read more on the “Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012,” please visit: http://mcgovern.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=15§iontree=168,15&itemid=621