Over the years, the Unitarian Universalist Association has passed several statements pertaining to genocide

In 2005, delegates at General Assembly passed an Action of Immediate Witness specifically addressing the genocide in Darfur, Sudan (excerpted below).

End Crimes Against Humanity in Darfur, Sudan

2005 Action of Immediate Witness (Read Full Text)

WHEREAS the government of Sudan, allied with Janjaweed militias, continues to

inflict systematic violence on innocent civilians in Darfur, Sudan, including

murder, rape, torture, and destruction of villages;

WHEREAS deaths from the conflict are estimated at 300,000 to 400,000 since

February 2003;

WHEREAS roughly two million Darfurians are currently displaced, many living

in refugee camps where hunger and disease are rampant;

WHEREAS, according to the World Food Programme, 3.6 million Darfurians, more

than half the region's population, will require aid to survive the "hunger

season" (August through October);

WHEREAS the United States Congress, former Secretary of State Colin Powell,

and President George W. Bush declared that genocide is occurring in Darfur;  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the 2005 General Assembly of the Unitarian

Universalist Association that Unitarian Universalists should advocate for

immediate action to end the crisis in Darfur.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, given that the civilian population is at risk

and aid workers and International Criminal Court investigators are intimidated

and prevented from acting effectively, the 2005 General Assembly endorses United

States government legislation that calls for:

  • Support to the African Union, at no charge, to immediately expand its

    peacekeeping mission in Darfur;

  • United Nations Security Council action to obtain international support for

    the African Union force;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

support United Nations Secretariat efforts to achieve the necessary Security

Council action and to keep Unitarian Universalists informed of current events at

the United Nations concerning Darfur; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges

similar action on the part of members of the International Council of Unitarian

Universalists in those countries that comprise the Security Council.