A Benchmarks Report Card for Sudan
May 6, 2010
An independent review by six leading human rights and Sudan advocacy groups reveals that the Sudanese peace processes for Darfur and Southern Sudan show no significant progress. They are at best stagnating and at worst backsliding toward complete failure and a return to full-scale, national war.
The report released today, “A Benchmark Report Card for Sudan,” analyzes 28 leading indicators of progress, concluding that 17 indicators show significant worsening of the situation on the ground, while the remaining 11 indicators show a stalemate.
John Norris, the Enough Project’s Executive Director, commented, “The report card for Sudan reveals an absence of progress. This clear-eyed, transparent, and independent analysis makes painfully clear how much work remains to be done and how dire the situation remains on the ground. The administration indicated it would apply pressures if the parties failed to make progress. Well, the parties have slowed to a halt and are sliding backward in critical areas.”
One of the key indicators – the recent elections in Sudan – was reportedly marred by fraud, censorship, and voter intimidation. Now the regime in Khartoum is certifying as winners candidates such as Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal – who should have never been allowed to run for office in the first place.
The Report Card demonstrates that, despite the initially encouraging signs that the administration was committed to seeing verifiable change in Sudan, there has been a lack of change since the administration’s policy was put into place. President Obama should empower Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice to personally step up and make sure that the regime in Khartoum is held accountable for a lack of progress and for backsliding away from peace.