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In just one month, Southern Sudanese will vote on whether to secede from Sudan and form a new country. Many experts fear that this referendum, part of an historic 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan’s civil war, may spark renewed large-scale violence. Referendum preparations are underway, as are high-level negotiations between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan on the key flashpoint issues that could spark renewed conflict.

At the same time, the situation remains bleak in Darfur, where reports of increased violence against civilians, a lack of access to many areas for humanitarian aid and peacekeeping forces, and ongoing human rights abuses signal a need for stepped up American efforts to bring peace to the region.

This is why activists across the country are participating in a National Week of Action for Sudan. Sign the petition below and visit Save Darfur to find out how else you can participate. Your voice is needed for Sudan. Now.

Dear President Obama,

I am encouraged by your leadership in Sudan, particularly in the negotiations in Sudan leading up to the referendum on independence for South Sudan. However, additional key actions are needed to ensure peace and safety for all of Sudan. I urge you to include the steps laid out below as part of your strong push to create real peace in Sudan:

1. Make clear that the U.S. will issue swift and severe consequences if any party derails the referendum or instigates mass violence. These consequences should be determined and prepared for in advance, and be coordinated with other international actors.

2. Appoint a senior diplomat for Darfur who can provide additional diplomatic focus to solve the crisis in this troubled region.

3. Ensure flexible funds are available for contingency planning and emergency support; encourage key players in the international community including UN Security Council and European Union member states to make funds available for contingencies. This includes responding quickly to any major displacement within Sudan or refugee spillover into neighboring states.

4. Enhance peacekeeping forces' access and capacity to respond: Support efforts to stop obstruction of UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur by the regime in Khartoum, and support deployment of additional UNMIS peacekeepers to flashpoint areas.

5. Share information about the organization or perpetration of violence as appropriate with peacekeeping forces and allies. The U.S. should be prepared to shut down military-related communication if necessary to prevent violence.

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