I am copy and pasting an e-mail from Winnipeg Walk4 Darfur for your information; and in hopes that some or all of you will raise your voice for justice.
Hello friends and supporters of Walk4Darfur
I hope you all enjoyed the documentary screening, and learnt alot. However today I want to share with you an excellent opportunity to have an impact on the situation in Darfur.
Yesturday (March 4th) the ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity. While this is great news, Al-Bashir has retaliated against the Darfuri people, he has ordered the explusion of 10 aid agencies in the region. This is horrible news, and now is the time for us to stand up and call for action.
We urge you to take the time to email your local representative, as well as the foreign minister Lawrence Cannon about this information (The current Canadian statement can be found at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://w01.international.gc.ca%2FMinPub%2FPublication.aspx%3FisRedirect%3DTrue%26Language%3DE%26publication_id%3D386902%26docnumber%3D58) Email Addresses for you local MP's can be found at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://canada.gc.ca%2Fdirectories-repertoires%2Fdirect-eng.html. Below is a quick email template please feel free to edit it as you see fit.
While although Canada has recently issued a statement about their commitment to Sudan and support for the ICC process. In light of recent and important developments, I would request that the Government of Canada:
1) Commit to ongoing support for an ICC process against Bashir that is robust, efficient, and sensitive to its short-term impacts on civilians.
2) Honour its commitments to UNAMID, and advocate for the Mission's full deployment. For the ICC's work to be effective, it must be supported by a robust peace process. This is Canada's Forte.
Many thanks for your time.
For information about the arrest warrant and the expulsion of the humanitarian groups please go to http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.cnn.com%2F2009%2FWORLD%2Fafrica%2F03%2F04%2Fsudan.expel%2Findex.html%3Firef%3Dnewssearch
Please do what you can!