For Immediate Release
September 11, 2008
Nanda Chitre   Enough Action Fund
M. Allyn Brooks LaSure   Save Darfur Coalition
Sam Bell   Genocide Intervention Network

Presidential Candidates’ Positions Revealed on Darfur
Washington, D.C., September 11, 2008 - The three leading activist organizations  committed to ending the atrocities and violence in Darfur today released a questionnaire highlighting the positions of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on ending the violence and suffering for millions of Darfuris. The Save Darfur Coalition, the Enough Action Fund, and the Genocide Intervention Network questioned the candidates regarding the overall situation in Sudan and the role of key actors, including China and the International Criminal Court, in resolving the genocide in Darfur.
            Jerry Fowler, Save Darfur Coalition President, said, “Throughout the past several months, Senators McCain and Obama have both articulated their strong commitment to ending the atrocities in Darfur. Their responses to this questionnaire add specifics to their rhetorical calls to end the bloodshed and misery for millions of Darfuris. Ultimately, the next president will not be judged by his words on Darfur – but his actions to end the violence and suffering.”
            “The answers from both candidates are quite revealing,” added Mark Hanis, Executive Director of the Genocide Intervention Network. “They say a great deal about their vision and leadership style for the most important job in the world.”
            John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Action Fund, noted, ”Both candidates have recognized the situation in Darfur as genocide; now we get to see what they are willing to do about it. It appears there would be a significant shift in U.S. relations with Sudan under either a President McCain or a President Obama.”
            The three groups noted with interest that both candidates’ positions are far more robust than those taken by the current administration. With more than 300,000 dead in Darfur and more than two million people driven from their homes, the time has come to act decisively. The survey and additional information can be found at
Ask the Candidates is a national campaign to encourage all presidential candidates to prioritize ending the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. It is a joint project of the following organizations:
The Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities. Our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. GI-Net is mobilizing a permanent anti-genocide constituency that has the power to pressure policymakers, creating an incentive for taking action against genocide and a political cost for failing to do so.
The Save Darfur Coalition raises public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. It is an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations. The coalition's member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur. For more information on the coalition, please visit

Enough Action Fund works to end genocide and crimes against humanity through education, awareness-raising, legislation and advocacy. Enough Action Fund works closely to coordinate on policy and advocacy with its partner organization, the Enough Project.