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Over the years, the Unitarian Universalist Association has passed several statements pertaining to genocide.  In 2005, delegates at General Assembly passed an Action of Immediate Witness specifically addressing the genocide in Darfur, Sudan (excerpted below).

End Crimes Against Humanity in Darfur, Sudan

2005 Action of Immediate Witness (Read Full Text)

WHEREAS the government of Sudan, allied with Janjaweed militias, continues to inflict systematic violence on innocent civilians in Darfur, Sudan, including murder, rape, torture, and destruction of villages;

WHEREAS deaths from the conflict are estimated at 300,000 to 400,000 since February 2003;

WHEREAS roughly two million Darfurians are currently displaced, many living in refugee camps where hunger and disease are rampant;

WHEREAS, according to the World Food Programme, 3.6 million Darfurians, more than half the region's population, will require aid to survive the "hunger season" (August through October);

WHEREAS the United States Congress, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and President George W. Bush declared that genocide is occurring in Darfur;  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the 2005 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association that Unitarian Universalists should advocate for immediate action to end the crisis in Darfur.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, given that the civilian population is at risk and aid workers and International Criminal Court investigators are intimidated and prevented from acting effectively, the 2005 General Assembly endorses United States government legislation that calls for:

  • Support to the African Union, at no charge, to immediately expand its peacekeeping mission in Darfur;
  • United Nations Security Council action to obtain international support for the African Union force;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office support United Nations Secretariat efforts to achieve the necessary Security Council action and to keep Unitarian Universalists informed of current events at the United Nations concerning Darfur; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges similar action on the part of members of the International Council of Unitarian Universalists in those countries that comprise the Security Council.

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Last updated on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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