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Congress: Militias committed genocide Cameron Hudson

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Congress: Militias committed genocide
Cameron Hudson: Army victory does not mean Islamists’ return to power in Sudan
Congress reshapes U.S. policy towards the war in Sudan
U.S. Senate approves resolution accusing Rapid Support Forces of genocide
U.S. Senate decides to support the International Criminal Court in holding Rapid Support Forces accountable
The resolution labels (Hemedti) as one of the Janjaweed leaders during the genocide in Darfur

The resolution, issued based on the July 14, 2023 assessment by the Sudan Conflict Observatory, revealed Rapid Support Forces’ violations in Darfur, including besieging cities, destroying villages, extrajudicial arrests and killings, and sexual violence against Masalit, Fur, and Zaghawa ethnic groups. CNN reported on August 16, 2023, on atrocities in Geneina, capital of West Darfur, describing them as “one of the most violent incidents in Sudan torn by genocide.” On December 6, 2023, Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing in Sudan since the conflict began in April 2023.

The U.S. Senate condemns atrocities, including those reaching the level of genocide committed by Rapid Support Forces and allied militias against non-Arab ethnic groups—a humanitarian catastrophe and Sudan’s collapse. The Senate calls for an immediate end to the war and all violence in Sudan, urging the U.S. government to take urgent steps with the international community, through multilateral forums, to protect civilians, including creating safe zones, humanitarian corridors, enforcing the UN Security Council arms embargo on Darfur, and comprehensive mediation. Immediate mechanisms are needed to fund local communities and organizations delivering aid in conflict-stricken areas.

On February 13, 2024, bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate circulated and approved a resolution accusing Rapid Support Forces of genocide, supported by various reports. If passed by a two-thirds majority, this could become law. The Senate endorsed the International Criminal Court, calling for investigations into war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed by Rapid Support Forces. The Senate exposed extrajudicial arrests, torture, beatings, extortion, sexual and gender-based violence, mass rape, sexual slavery, and forced displacement as acts constituting genocide.

According to Cameron Hudson, the Biden administration’s continued engagement with Rapid Support Forces allies reflects acceptance of their propaganda that guarantees victory in the war and prevents the return of Islamists to power. Hudson dismissed both assumptions as false, advising Washington to watch videos of the Sudanese people supporting the army against militias. It seems Congress, after taking the war file from the State Department, is reconsidering U.S. policy towards Sudan .

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