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Petition to World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Its Member Organizations and all Other Engineering Professional Societies About Darfur [1]

The Engineering profession serves humanity by applying laws of math and discoveries of science to the universe's natural resources for the betterment of mankind. By its Code of Ethics, Engineers “shall hold paramount the public health, safety and welfare in the performance of professional duty.” The world’s 20 million degreed engineers collectively hold the welfare of civilization and much of the natural environment in their hands.

The current conflict in Darfur started in the Spring of 2003.[2] As a Senator and Candidate for President, Barack Obama, as former President Bush and the US Congress, stated that genocide was occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. The UN Security Council has condemned it, as has the African Union. In March 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of the president of Sudan, General Omar al-Bashir, on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.[3] This continuing conflict poses challenges to the engineering profession, given the role of the oil of Sudan in the geopolitical dynamics in Darfur.

State-sponsored violence against its own population - genocide, mass atrocities, and war crimes - such as the inhabitants of the Darfur region of Sudan have experienced since the Spring of 2003, presents a grave challenge to all humanity and human institutions. This particularly includes the engineering profession, given the role of oil in the geopolitical dynamics in Darfur. Oil has played a central role to many major accomplishments of the engineering profession in the past 150 years - the National Academy of Engineering's list of the top 20 engineering achievements of the 20th Century includes petroleum and petroleum technologies, automobile, airplane, and highways. [4]

It is an affront to the ultimate value of the engineering profession - to "hold paramount the public health and safety" - that the valuable resource of oil in Sudan does not benefit the health and safety of the people of Darfur, but has, instead, helped fund their suffering and destruction.

Consistent with the Code of Ethics for Engineers, the values which define our profession, and my privileged status as an Engineer, I respectfully request the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, its member organizations, and all engineering societies, particularly the one(s) to which I belong, to resolve the following:

1) As an organization, we join the Save Darfur Coalition, Enough Project, and other like-minded organizations, in calling upon the UN, the US, and other members of the international community to take actions necessary to: 1) stop the mass atrocities in Darfur and create a sustainable peace in the region, 2) protect civilians in Darfur as this happens, and 3) bring justice and accountability those most responsible for the mass atrocities in Darfur.

2) As an organization, we will openly work to persuade all Engineers and Engineering societies around the world to influence those Engineers now working in Sudan to play a positive role in persuading the all parties to adopt the above objectives.

3) As an organization, we salute and pledge our tangible and intangible support to our members who nobly advance the prestige and utility of the Engineering Profession by using their skills to help the people of Darfur, such as providing services to the refugee camps, medical professions, and those who are working to bring peace to the region.