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WHEREAS these forces systematically rape the women of Darfur, and those who
survive are forced to bear the children of their oppressors, and are thus
obliged to cooperate in their own ethnic extinction;
WHEREAS deaths from the conflict are estimated at 300,000 to 400,000 since
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;
WHEREAS the United Nations Security Council has referred the conflict to the
International Criminal Court;
WHEREAS the Reverend William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian
Universalist Association, was arrested on August 26, 2004, in protest at the
Embassy of Sudan over genocide in Darfur;
WHEREAS in March 2005, over 400 Unitarian Universalists, in a joint action of
the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service
Committee, and Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, faxed letters to
President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging action
to end the atrocities in Darfur;
WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association co-sponsored the Save Darfur
Rally in Central Park in New York City, at which the Reverend Charles Blustein
Ortman of the Unitarian Church of Montclair, New Jersey, and member of the
Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees delivered a keynote
WHEREAS pressure from the international community has yet to end the
atrocities in Darfur;
WHEREAS the African Union Mission in Sudan, currently the only peacekeeping
force in Darfur, lacks the size, resources, and mandate to protect the region's
WHEREAS humanitarian workers in the region continue to be harassed by rebel
and government forces;
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:
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.
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