(Washington, DC) – Tom Andrews, President of Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition issued the following statement today:
“Libya has entered a critical and volatile juncture that includes many dangers for the civilian population. The United States and NATO action to stop Qaddafi’s offensive attacks prevented mass civilian slaughter and saved countless lives in Benghazi and other parts of Libya. The international community lived up to its responsibility to protect, but the mission to protect civilians is not complete. It is now incumbent on the United States and its international partners to help ensure that civilians are protected from violence and human rights abuses during this extremely volatile period.”
The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network merged on November 1, 2010 to create a more powerful voice dedicated to preventing and stopping large-scale, deliberate atrocities against civilians. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities such as Congo and Burma. The merger creates the world’s largest anti-genocide organization, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists globally, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors collectively representing more than $2 trillion in assets under management.