Position of the Reform Movement on Sudan and Darfur

The Reform Jewish Movement has been quite vocal on the issue of universal human rights. Almost half a century ago, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the representative organization of the Reform Rabbis, called on the United States to ratify and sign the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights. In 1963, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a resolution entitled "Human Rights," which concludes that racism is a moral evil. In 1979, a resolution entitled "Genocide" was passed, which calls for the United States to approve and for the President to ratify the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Also, a resolution entitled "Commitment to Africa" was passed in December 1999. It calls for the Secretary General of the United Nations and the President of the United States to condemn acts of violence against innocent populations, and reaffirms our commitment to basic international human rights. In June 2004, the CCAR passed a resolution concerning the current crisis in Sudan.

In 2007, the URJ adopted a Resolution onDivestment from Sudan, resolving to "Divest, to the extent feasible, investment funds from businesses currently supporting the Sudanese government."

Other Resolutions


Resolution on Religious Persecution in Sudan (2001)
Resolution on The Crisis in Sudan (2004)
Resolution on the Urgent Need for Action in Sudan (2006)

Resolution on The Need for Action in Sudan (2004)