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The Independent SEPTEMBER 19, 2006

STOP THE ATROCITIES: A PLEA TO THE PRIME MINISTER

Dear Mr Blair,

The growing human crisis in Darfur, in Sudan, cannot and must not be allowed to continue.

Exactly one year ago today the international community agreed its responsibility to protect civilians from atrocities such as ethnic cleansing and war crimes.

One year later the international community is failing to act as the Sudanese Government masses 10,000 troops ready to begin a new wave of attacks on civilians.

With more than 300,000 people already dead and two million displaced, Darfur is teetering on the edge of catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the international community prevaricates and the African Union even considers withdrawing its peacekeepers.

We call on our Government to move Darfur to the top of its priority list until a UN force is deployed and the people of Darfur are protected.

"Never again" is a well-worn phrase. Now is the time to show we mean it.

SIGNED: Emma Thompson, actress / Annie Lennox, musician / Helen Baxendale, actress / Dame Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop / Brian Eno, musician / Geoffrey Bindman, QC, human rights lawyer / Sigrid Rausing, philanthropist / Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Cantebury / James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool / Joel Edwards, director general, Evangelical Alliance / Rabbi Maurice Michaels, chair of the Assembly of Rabbis of the Movement of Reform Judaism / Floella Benjamin, TV presenter-campaigner / Baroness Scott, Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for the Office of Deputy Prime Minister / Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 2 presenter / Julian Richer, Richer Sounds / Patrick Cox, shoe designer / Kelly Hoppen, interior designer / Anton Bilton, philanthropist / Professor Andrew Tompkins, Director of the Centre for International Child Health / Abdel Salem Hassan, human rights lawyer / Dileep Mukarji, director, Christian Aid / Romeo Dellaire, Canadian senator, head of UN peace-keeping mission to Rwanda in 1994 / Dr David Potter, Dr Elaine Potter, The David and Elaine Potter Charitable Foundation / Dr Amal Sidahmed, Sudanese Women's Rights Group, UK / Hashim Ahmed, Sudan Trade Union Council / Osman Hummaida, Sudan Organisation Against Torture / Dr Elaine Storkey, senior research fellow, Oxford University / Alan Storkey, author / Bob Geldof, campaigner / Mia Farrow, actress-UNICEF ambassador / Elton John, musician / David Furnish, film director / Mark Thomas, comedian-campaigner / Emmanuel Jal, Sudanese rapper / Baroness D'Souza / Sir Robin Christopher, former ambassador to Ethipia / Joanna Glynn, chair of the board of the Redress Trust


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