Friday, March 04, 2005

Brownback and Corzine call for stronger action on Sudan

allAfrica.com: Sudan: Rights-Sudan: U.S. Congressional Leaders Seek Urgent Moves On Darfur:

Senators Jon Corzine and Sam Brownback, who led the successful effort last summer to enact a resolution finding that Khartoum and Arab militias, called Janjaweed, in Darfur were committing “genocide” against the African population in the region, introduced the Darfur Acountability Act (DAA) Wednesday, along with six other Republican and Democratic senators.

The Act, which is non-binding, calls for a new U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against the Sudanese government; the extension of an arms embargo against unofficial groups in Darfur to Khartoum itself; a freeze of assets and the denial of visas to those responsible for the killings; enhanced support for an African Union observer mission in the region; the appointment of a presidential envoy for Sudan; and the imposition of a no-fly zone over Darfur.
This is excellent, and it's nice to see the senator from my old state and my new state both doing this. You know what would have made this work better? Opposing Gonzales for Attorney General might have.