Thursday, November 20, 2008

In light of the escalating humanitarian and human rights crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International will be holding an International Day of Action on November 23. AI USA will organize an emergency rally in front of the White House at 2pm on Sunday, November 23, in order to raise awareness about the crisis. We will call on the US government to support the UN peacekeeping mission and to commit to a long term involvement in human rights issues in the region.

For more information please see our DRC country website at and our flyers: (printer friendly)

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

The Senate resolution 713 calling for peace in the DRC was submitted yesterday and passed. Wow, if only the UN could have moved this quickly…

There are some fundamental flaws in the resolution so I would like to strongly encourage everyone to call their Congress people and discuss the resolution (the importance of peace/rule of law for economic development in the DRC/Great Lakes; the REAL causes of the ongoing conflict, etc)


A resolution calling on all parties to the escalating violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to implement an immediate ceasefire and work with the support of the international community toward a comprehensive and lasting solution to the crisis.

Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI]
Cosponsors [as of 2008-11-21]
Sen. John Kerry [D-MA]
Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I-CT]
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME]
Sen. John Isakson [R-GA]
Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA]
Sen. Robert Menéndez [D-NJ]
Sen. Thomas Harkin [D-IA]
Sen. Samuel Brownback [R-KS]
Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT]
Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
Sen. Christopher Bond [R-MO]
Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ]
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]

Bill Text: can be retrieved from Feingold's site at


Nov 20, 2008

This resolution has been passed in the Senate, which is the end of the legislative process for simple resolutions. The resolution now takes effect. [Last Updated: Nov 20, 2008