Executive Council Resolution concerning the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan

June 18, 2004


The following is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Executive Council at its meeting on June 10-14, 2004 in Burlington, Vermont, at which a quorum was present and voting.


Resolved that the Executive Council, meeting in Burlington, VT, June 11-14, 2004, calls upon the United States government to exercise international leadership in addressing the profound humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan.


Resolved that the Council shares the deep concern of international-relief groups, religious leaders, and the United States Congress over the Sudanese government’s systematic support of militias that have carried out massive killings, rape, burning of villages, and inhuman acts of horror against the civilians of Darfur, both before and after the ceasefire agreement of April 8, 2004.


Resolved that the Council expresses grave sorrow at the Government of Sudan’s use of starvation as a method of ethnic cleansing, and in particular, its destruction of food and water sources and its deliberate and systematic blocking of humanitarian assistance and international aid to the people of Darfur.


Resolved that the Council calls for right-of-return for the more than one million refugees who have been displaced from Darfur, as well as the two million others displaced as a result of 20 years of civil conflict in the Sudan.


Resolved that the Council calls upon the President of the United States to heed the Congress’ call to: (1) Direct the US representative to the United Nations to seek an official investigation by the UN to determine if crimes against humanity have been committed by the Government of Sudan in the Darfur region; and (2) Pressure the Government of Sudan to provide unimpeded humanitarian assistance to the people of Darfur.


Resolved that the Council further calls upon the United States to seek passage of a resolution by the UN Security Council that: (1) Condemns the Government of Sudan for its violation of human rights in Darfur; (2) Demands that the Sudanese government immediately cease its involvement in the atrocities; (3) Calls upon all sides to respect the ceasefire agreement of April 8; (4) Insists that the Government of Sudan allow the safe return of displaced persons to their places of origin and the provision of unimpeded humanitarian assistance to the people of Darfur; and (5) Underscores that the mandate to the Government of Sudan is unambiguous and unconditional, and that the international community is prepared to take swift and immediate action to enforce it.


Resolved that the Council expresses sorrow that the atrocities in Darfur have come at a time when many were hopeful that peace was becoming a possibility after 20 years of civil conflict in the Sudan, and calls upon all parties to rededicate themselves to the promise of peace without allowing the crisis in Darfur to be ignored as a consequence of peace negotiations.

Resolved the Council joins the international community in mourning the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, and calls upon leaders of our nation and the world to take all steps necessary to ensure that the tragic events of Rwanda are never repeated, either in Darfur or anywhere in the world.





The Rev. Canon Rosemari G. Sullivan
Secretary of the Executive Council and
the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America

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