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In Their Own Words

Jul 1, 2010

“Nearly three million souls are still waiting in wretched camps across Darfur and eastern Chad. Sudanese government bombs are still falling, murderers and rapists still roam free, and the refugees have not felt safe for a very long time. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over increasing levels of violence in Darfur. In their darkest hours and through losses too grievous to fathom, the world has repeatedly abandoned the people of Darfur. Over more than seven years, two American presidents have used the word ‘genocide’ to describe what has unfolded there, but they have done little to end it. It is past time for us to step up and accept our moral obligation to protect a defenseless people. The American people should urge Mr. Gration [U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan] and the Obama administration to lead a diplomatic offensive to convince the world to isolate Mr. Bashir as a fugitive from justice, and to wholeheartedly support the only body offering Darfur’s people a measure of authentic justice: the International Criminal Court.”
--Mia Farrow, “Obama Ignores Sudan’s Genocide,” Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2010

“In 2003, Congress acknowledged the serious problem of rape in the nation’s prisons and created a commission to develop a set of national standards for preventing and punishing these crimes. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission spent five years on the task, holding hearings, visiting prisons, interviewing officials, families, inmates, community groups, advocates, medical organizations, prosecutors, police and others. It finally finished its work last year and sent a set of rigorous recommendations to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr…. The commission’s report makes for disturbing reading. It estimated that in a year’s time, at least 60,000 prisoners were raped… The Justice Department needs to issue the toughest possible standards to end these horrors, and prisons need to rigorously implement them.”
--“It’s Up to You Mr. Holder,” New York Times editorial, May 31, 2010