Enough Project Welcomes John Kerry as Secretary of State; Urges His Continued Support on Sudan, Congo, and LRA

From Enough blogs Wed Jan 30 2013, 17:44:21

Long-time human rights champion Senator John Kerry was confirmed yesterday as the new U.S. Secretary of State by a Senate vote of 94-3. As the new administration settles in for the next four years, Secretary Kerry-who has been an outspoken and staunch advocate for human rights-will now, more than ever, be positioned to help support African nations in ending crimes against humanity and building a path toward long-term peace and stability.

As Secretary of State, Kerry will face a number of pressing foreign policy issues around the globe, but Kerry's extensive background and knowledge of the Sudans, Congo, and the Lord's Resistance Army, as well as his previous commitment to these issues, position him to positively affect these serious and, in some cases, escalating conflicts.

During his Senate tenure and as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Kerry has been instrumental in placing and keeping the two Sudans as a high-level U.S. government priority issue. He traveled to the region numerous times and during his nomination hearing last week on January 24, Kerry promised to work toward ending the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan, which he referred to as a "human tragedy."

As chairman, Kerry also prioritized support to end the LRA, a notorious rebel group operating throughout central Africa and led by indicted war criminal Joseph Kony. Most recently, in 2012, Kerry co-introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate-which passed and was signed into law earlier this month-that expands the Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program to provide incentives for offering information that leads to the arrest or conviction of individuals wanted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.

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