December 17, 2014

Bipartisan Coalition of Congressional Leaders Call for Greater Diplomatic Action to End Violence in South Sudan

Washington, D.C. – More than two dozen Congressional leaders, led by members of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan, wrote to President Obama asking his Administration to “increase diplomatic efforts to end this brutal conflict before more civilian suffer and the region is further destabilized.”

Since the conflict began in December 2013, millions of South Sudanese have been displaced and thousands have killed. Nearly two million South Sudanese have been pushed to the brink of famine.

Likewise, the State’s civil society has been suppressed.

Current legislation in South Sudan would have “a significant impact on nation NGOs and South Sudanese civil society, who should become the backbone of a free and vibrant South Sudan,” write the authors.

The full text of the letter can be found here.


Congresswoman Lee is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan and a member of the Appropriations Committee subcommittee of State and Foreign Operations. She is also a member of the Budget Committee, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.