Sample letter: Use this to advocate for South Sudan before January 2011 referendrum

Sample letter: Use this to advocate for South Sudan before January 2011 referendrum


October XX, 2010

Dear _____________________ (Senator Corker, Senator Webb, Ambassador Rice, Vice President Biden)

I am _______ (tell about yourself, where you live, that you have served in Sudan, or why you are concerned about Sudan).

I applaud the continued insistence of the United States that the upcoming January 9 Referendum in Sudan be held on time and be respected. However, I also believe strongly that for these things to happen the United States must continue to increase pressure for certain key things to happen in Sudan, and the U.S. must also exert its influence on other nations, including Sudan's geographic neighbors and members of the African Union, to press Sudan for the essential preparations for the referendum including the following:

1. Since the Abyei Referendum Commission has not even met yet, it must be assembled and active soon to guide voter registration in that crucial border region where much of the oil is located.

2. There must be substantial progress before the Referendum toward a mutually agreed formula for sharing the oil produced in Sudan between the north and south.

3. The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission has again delayed the start of registration, this time from mid-October to mid-November. The pace of preparations of the Commission must be intensified, so that key questions can be clarified about who is eligible to register. Since 60 percent of all registered voters must vote for the results to be honored, care must be taken that there is no manipulation of the election through encouraging registration -- but then discouraging voting of southern Sudanese in the north so that the 60 percent minimum is not met.

4. Security during the Referendum must be planned and guaranteed. Disruption by renegade Sudanese generals, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels or any others must be anticipated and prevented both by diplomatic pressure on the appropriate parties and by the well-planned, strengthened presence of United Nations Mission personnel, so that the southern Sudanese are not afraid to move to polling stations and vote in peace.

Thank you for your efforts to secure democracy for the long-suffering people of south Sudan.

Sincerely,
(your name and address)

 

Send to: U.S. leaders with foreign relations influence

For Tennessee residents:
U.S. Senator Bob Corker
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510
Fax: (202) 228-0566
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For Virginia residents:
U.S. Senator Jim Webb
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 228-6363
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Other addresses:

Ambassador Susan Rice
United States Mission to the United Nations
140 East 45th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017
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Vice President Joseph Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: (202) 456-2461
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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: (202) 456-2461
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