|3/18/2009: Obama Administration Praised on Sudan Envoy|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - "The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the administration's decision today to appoint a special envoy on Sudan," said Felice D. Gaer, chair of the Commission. "This is one of the recommendations that we made to the Obama administration last month. The special envoy is uniquely positioned to keep the North-South Sudan peace process moving forward and to negotiate an end to the Darfur genocide."
In addition, in order to secure the North-South peace and thereby advance vital efforts to end the genocide in Darfur, USCIRF recommends:
USCIRF first recommended that the president appoint a special envoy to Sudan in May 2001. The Commission has made three visits to Sudan and it held a Capitol Hill hearing on the war-torn nation in September 2008.