Unanimous Resolution Calls for Immediate International Intervention in Sudan
HOUSTON, TX – The board of directors of Holocaust Museum Houston has officially recognized that a state of emergency now exists in the Darfur region of Sudan as its people face the horrors of genocide. For the first time in the history of the organization, at its recent meeting of its board of directors, the museum has unanimously adopted a resolution to condemn the genocide and call upon individuals and nations to intervene.

The sentiment of our board is clear,” proclaims Holocaust Museum Houston Chairperson Eileen Weisman. “This is a chance for the people and the nations of this world to stand up and show that we have learned our lesson—that cruelty and atrocities toward our fellow man will not be tolerated.”

It has been sixty years since the Holocaust, and horrors against humanity continue. Survivors of the Holocaust know better than anyone else on this earth the effect of senseless hate and terror being imposed by one human being on another.

As reported by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, it is estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 men, women and children have already died and millions more have been driven from their homes in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects that as many as 350,000 civilians may die over the coming months as the result of direct violence and conditions deliberately inflicted on targeted groups by the Sudanese government and its “Janjaweed” militia allies. The victims of these actions are largely members of the Fur, Zaghawa and Masaalit ethnic groups, considered in Darfur to be “Africans.”

“The Holocaust was allowed to happen because the majority of the world stood by and did nothing,” continues Weisman. “We cannot be silent and allow intentional and abhorrent acts of murder and destruction to be inflicted against a targeted group of men, women and children in our world today.”

It has been further reported that the Khartoum-based government is fueling ethnic and racial violence using the Arab Janjaweed militias against the people of Darfur. These government-sanctioned actions aim to pit ethnic groups against each other; restrict international humanitarian access, which threatens mass starvation; and encourage violence against civilian targets. These results of these actions are devastating.

Refugees fleeing to neighboring Chad report government-allied militias committing horrific acts of murder, rape and destruction in an attempt to rid the region of black Africans.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience Chairman, A. Berstein said, “We began warning about the threat of genocide in Darfur at the beginning of this year. That threat is now becoming reality.”

The United Nations adopted the UN Genocide Convention in 1948, which defined genocide as the intentional physical destruction of a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. In agreeing to the Genocide Convention, nations pledged to “undertake to prevent” genocide.

“Apathy provides the rubber stamp of approval to these murderers. If we’ve learned anything from the experience of the Holocaust, we have learned that good people cannot stand by silently while other human beings are being systematically destroyed,” asserts Weisman.

Holocaust Museum Houston alerts the community to the atrocities taking place in Darfur and calls upon individuals to condemn these acts and urge the United Nations and world leaders to secure safety for their fellow human beings.

Updated alerts and information can be found at the USHMM Committee on Conscience website at committeeonconscience.org or at savedarfur.org.

Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education. The museum is open to the public and located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Its Internet address is http://www.hmh.org.
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