AJWS Urges International Community to Recommit to Comprehensive Peace in Sudan as New Nation Forms

New York, NY; July 8, 2011 – American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, expressed deep concern today about Sudan’s future as South Sudan celebrates its independence and violence persists along its border and in the Darfur region.

“The independence of South Sudan on July 9th marks a truly historic occasion,” said AJWS president Ruth Messinger. “On behalf of American Jewish World Service, I want to welcome the world’s newest nation and express my hope for a future of peace and prosperity.

“At this moment of celebration, we must also remain focused on the abhorrent violence that continues along the border and in Darfur. When aggression and gross violations of basic human rights are routinely tolerated, these actions repeat themselves with grave results. As an international community, we must ensure there are strong consequences and support those who have been displaced by violence and humanitarian need.

“For years, communities across the United States and throughout the world have advocated on behalf of the people of Sudan. As we celebrate we will also recommit ourselves to continuing our work until there is a comprehensive peace.”

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