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February 1, 2005 – The Cambodian Genocide Group is calling on the Canadian Government to support the financing of the international criminal tribunal currently being established to prosecute the perpetrators of the Cambodian Genocide. With only $2 million (pledged by the Australian government) and $21.7 million (pledged by the Government of Japan) of the necessary $57 million start-up funds, the fiscal situation of an institution that would bring justice to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century is in a state of emergency. The Group is asking for a minimum pledge of $5 million. Please fill out, print and mail the sample letter to your Member of Parliament. Help bring justice to the victims of the Cambodian Genocide.

CGG Letter Writing Campaign To Stop The Genocide In Sudan

Background Of The Genocide In Sudan

Imagine that we could rerun the events that occurred in Rwanda 10 years ago. With the certain knowledge of horrific events to come, would the world’s great nations again stand idle as 800,000 human beings faced slaughter? If the recent expressions of grief and regret from world leaders are any indication, the answer is no — this time things would be very different.

Yet, in 2004, just as in 1994, the international community is on the verge of making a tragic mistake. Mass human destruction is unfolding today in Sudan, with the potential to bring a death toll even higher than that in Rwanda.

Darfur, a Texas-size region in western Sudan, is the site of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Since December the largely Arab Sudanese government has teamed with the Janjaweed, a group of allied Arab militias, to crush an insurgency in Darfur. The methods that the government and the Janjaweed have employed are nothing short of horrific. They are slaughtering civilians in a systematic scorched-earth campaign designed to “ethnically cleanse” the entire region of black Africans. By bombing villages, engaging in widespread rape, looting civilian property, and deliberately destroying homes and water sources, the government and the Janjaweed are succeeding.

The numbers are appalling. Some 1.1 million people have been driven from their homes, and as many as 30,000 are already dead. The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that, even under “optimal conditions,” 320,000 may die by the end of this year, and a death toll far higher is easily within reach. In the face of this catastrophe, every person must act.

– Senator John McCain

Letter Writing Campian Details

The Cambodian Genocide Group has begun a letter writing campaign to Members of Parliaments, UN Officials and U.S Senators to stop genocide from occuring in Sudan. Please write a letter to your elected official. Follow the sample letter below for guidance. Human lives can be saved!

 

The genocide in Darfur, Sudan has claimed 380,000 lives and displaced over two million people. Government-sponsored militias continue to raze villages, systematically rape women and girls, abduct children and destroy food and water supplies. The UN warns that “there is no other place in the world where so many lives are at stake.”

A small peacekeeping mission has managed to create pockets of security and protect humanitarian aid convoys, but it continues to suffer from massive equipment and logistical shortages. In November, aid agencies were literally “passing around the hat” to purchase boots for the peacekeepers.

The Genocide Intervention Fund (GIF) will support these peacekeepers. Citizens contributing to peacekeeping is unprecedented. However, given the critical importance this mission and the failure of governments to adequate support it, citizens can and must act.

On April 6, 2005, the GIF will launch its 100 Days of Action Campaign, which will span the same 100 days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The goals are to raise $1,000,000 for the GIF and produce 100,000 letters to elected officials, urging them to take action to help end the genocide in Darfur. We will remember Rwanda by taking action in Darfur.

Whether you have five seconds, five minutes, or five days – we’ve got something for you to do.