(New York)- In a letter sent today to the US Secretary of the Treasury, Henry M. Paulson, Human Rights Watch welcomed the Treasury Department’s proposed use of its regulatory authority to block transfers by US commercial banks of oil payments to the government of Sudan.

Human Rights Watch also called on the treasury to urgently use its regulatory authority to block such transfers to send a clear message to the Sudanese government that the US will no longer tolerate its continuing human rights violations in Darfur and its failure to protect Sudanese civilians. Khartoum must immediately accept the full deployment of the proposed African Union-United Nations international peacekeeping force and reverse its abusive policies in Darfur.

Please click here to read the letter.