Human Rights Action
In the United States, a bipartisan congressional human rights caucus in July 1996 heard testimony on the issue.
"A representative for the exiled Sudan Human Rights Organization (SHRO) told the committee that as many as ten thousand slaves are being held under government control. Mahjoub cl-Tigani said there is a tradition of slavery between Sudanese Arabs in the north and ethnic groups in the south. He says when these groups would fight they would take prisoners and enslave them. But SHRO accuses the National Islamic Front government of escalating slavery as part of its tactics against rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
US congressman Donald Payne, head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was reported to he preparing to introduce legislation calling for economic and arms embargoes against Sudan. He is also said to want United Nations and US human rights monitors stationed in the country." (Voice of America July 1996) Top