Prayer vigil, rally to protest Sudanese president
9/26/2013, 2:43 p.m.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has boasted that he is coming to speak at the United Nations and the U.S. can’t stop him. In response, the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, the National Presiding Minister of the House of the Lord Churches, vowed that a rally and civil disobedience will take place should al-Bashir arrive in the U.S. The rally would take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street, between First and Second avenues, at noon. The prayer vigil and civil disobedience will be held across the street at the Sudan Mission at 305 E. 47th St.
Said Daughtry, “It is incomprehensible to me that the U.S. government will allow this fugitive from justice to come to this country, even though he’s coming to speak at the U.N.
“I have been to Darfur,” the reverend continued. “I’ve seen with my own eyes, heard with my own ears and touched with my own hands the victims of this tyrant’s genocidal policies. President Barack Obama has led the world in denouncing the mass killings of civilians in Syria. Yet in Sudan, President al-Bashir is directly responsible for killing far more civilians and for a longer period of time than in Syria. In addition, millions of civilians have been displaced and/or exiled in refugee camps.
“In 2005,” he continued, “then Secretary of State Colin Powell called the situation in Darfur [Western Sudan] ‘the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.’ At that time, it was estimated that 200,000 people had been killed.”
On Sept. 18, the International Criminal Court issued the following statement: “Today … [the] Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court, informed by the Office of the Prosecutor of Omar al-Bashir’s potential travel to the United States of America, invited the competent U.S. authorities to arrest Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the court in the event he enters their territory.
“The Chamber also reminded the U.S. of the two outstanding warrants of arrest issued on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, against Omar al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Subsequently, on March 6, 2009, and July 21, 2010, the ICC Registry transmitted requests for the suspect’s arrest and surrender to all United Nations Security Council members that are not States Parties to the Rome Statue, including the United States.”
Other leaders of the rally point out the continuing genocidal, inhumane and war crime policies of al-Bashir’s government. The organizers demand a cessation of all conflict; massive humanitarian aid without interference; and the immediate arrest of al-Bashir should he come to the U.S.