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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 25, 2002


Sudan Slavery Commission

In December 2001, Senator John C. Danforth, the U.S. Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan, secured an agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to address slavery, abductions and forced servitude in Sudan.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has asked Penn Kemble, Senior Scholar at Freedom House and former Acting Director of the United States Information Agency, to organize an Eminent Persons Group to study the issue and to recommend steps that can be taken by parties to the conflict and the international community to end such abuses.

The Group will include experts on Sudan from several European counties including Norway, the UK, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

The group, supported by a research team, expects to make two trips to visit northern and southern Sudan between now and the late spring rainy season. Upon completion of their travel and research, the group will draft a report and a series of recommendations.


Released on March 25, 2002

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