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Rep. Young Kim at Foreign Affairs Hearing

Dec 9, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed out of the committee the Sudan Democracy Act (H.R. 6140), a bipartisan bill led by Reps. Young Kim (CA-39) and Dean Phillips (MN-12) to impose targeted sanctions against individuals and entities who actively undermine civilian-led democracy and human rights in Sudan.

H.R. 6140 aims to pressure those responsible for the military takeover of Sudan’s civilian-led democratic transition in October of this year resulting in the deaths of Sudanese civilians peacefully protesting for democratic representation.

“The people of Sudan continue to show their support for a representative democratic government,” said Congresswoman Kim. “The United States is a beacon of hope and opportunity and should support our allies in their pursuit of liberty and democracy. That is why I’m proud to lead the Sudan Democracy Act to help take concrete steps to show support for the brave people of Sudan as they peacefully protest for democracy and hold those responsible for undermining Sudan’s civilian-led democratic transition accountable. I thank Rep. Phillips and Ranking Member McCaul for joining me in this effort. I will continue to do all I can to promote human rights and freedom across the nation and the globe.”

“I am proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan who have tirelessly demanded freedom, democracy and civilian rule. Marking up this legislation is an important step to hold the military junta accountable for the October 25th coup, and all who seek to undermine efforts to build a democracy in Sudan. I want to thank Chairman Meeks for adding this to our markup today and for my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported it.” said Ranking Member McCaul.

Read the bill text here.

Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE).

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