Congressman Doyle Hails House Passage of Darfur Sanctions Bill

April 5, 2006
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 3127 – the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006.

“I am pleased that the House demonstrated its overwhelming support for the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act today,” Congressman Doyle said. “This tough sanctions bill should leave no doubt about the U.S. House of Representatives’ strong condemnation of the ongoing genocide that is being carried out by the Sudanese government and its Janjaweed militia allies in Darfur today.”

“Over the last three years, hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children have died and more than a million have been displaced as a result of the genocidal policies of the Sudanese government,” Congressman Doyle observed. “Despite international efforts to end the violence and restore the refugees to their homes, the displacement, disease, starvation, rape, and murder of the people of Darfur continues unabated today.”

“All too often, the nations of the world have stood by and allowed the horrendous crime of genocide to be committed without lifting a finger,” he added.  “The United States and all democratic countries have no honorable choice but to step up to the plate and stop the slaughter in Darfur.”

“Since the measures that the United States has adopted to date haven’t had the desired effect, we need to increase the pressure on the Sudanese government and its allies,” Congressman Doyle said.  “The legislation approved by the House today does just that by imposing new sanctions on Sudanese government leaders and other responsible parties.”

The Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2005 reiterates the sense of Congress that the atrocities unfolding in Darfur constitute genocide and directs the President to block the assets and deny visas and entry to any individual responsible for acts of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity in Sudan.  The bill also authorizes the President to deny entry to U.S. ports to certain cargo ships or oil tankers if the government of Sudan fails to take specified peace measures in Darfur. It also prohibits U.S. assistance to a country in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1556 and 1591(which impose embargoes on military assistance to Sudan).  In addition, the bill directs the President to instruct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to urge the adoption of a Security Council resolution supporting expansion of the African Union Mission in Sudan’s (AMIS), the African military observation and peace-keeping force currently operating in Darfur.  Finally, the bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to the African Union Mission in Sudan and directs the President to instruct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to advocate NATO reinforcement of AMIS, upon request of the African Union.

“I hope that the Senate will soon follow the House’s lead and pass this legislation as well, and I pray that the President will use all of the authority that Congress gives him to end this genocide,” Congressman Doyle added.  “Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives are at stake.”