Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Darfur update

The Bush administration’s budget office has drawn a reproach from a coalition of
American advocacy groups for overlooking a May deadline on implementing
sanctions against Sudan over the genocide in Darfur.
And believe it or not, the administration HAS been doing something about the conflict...
A ban on federal contracts to foreign companies that trade in Sudan’s energy and
military sectors is a key feature of the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act
(SADA), which US President George Bush signed into law last December. It gave
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services
Administration (GSA) 120 days to implement federal procurement guidelines to
make companies that maintain or seek US government contracts certify they do not
work in Sudan’s oil, mineral extraction, power, or defense sectors.

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