Friday, July 16, 2004

Sudan is bleeding

The human rights situation is getting worse by the hour in Sudan.
30, 000 people are believed to have died. More than 1 million people are fleeing. 200, 000 people have fled to Chad, the neighbouring country in the west. According to the UN 2 million people are currently suffering in Sudan.

This is of course due to the Sudanese government's and its affiliated Arab Janjaweed militia, who have been persecuting, killing and raping the black population of Sudan.

Is the rest of the world crying out in unison demanding that something be done? No. Are there UN peace-keeping troops on their way as we speak? No.

Sure, the UN have contributed with food-packages and aid-workers. The problem is that the food deliveries have been looted and aid-workers attacked by the militia. The food packages need to be shipped to the east coast of Sudan and then transported to the Darfur area which is in the west. This means that the food-packages have to be transported by car or truck across the nation, which obviously entails a high degree of risk-taking.

Human Rights Watch
has the following to say on this matter:

"The international community, which so far has been slow to exert all possible pressure on the Sudanese government to reverse the ethnic cleansing and end the associated crimes against humanity it has carried out, must act now. The UN Security Council, in particular, should take urgent measures to ensure the protection of civilians, provide for the unrestricted delivery of humanitarian assistance and reverse ethnic cleansing in Darfur. It will soon be too late."

Yes. Soon it will be too late. Remember the genocide in ex-Yugoslavia? Back then we said never again. Rember the genocide in Rwanda? Back then we said never again.

How many times are we going to let thugs and fascists commit genocide on innocent civilians before we actually do someting?

Peace-keeping troops need to be deployed NOW. Before it's too late.


At July 16, 2004 at 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frederik, I agree with you: peace-keeping troops are needed NOW.
Welcome to blogging!

At July 17, 2004 at 12:05 AM, Blogger Frederick said...

Thanks, Roberto. Glad you agree with me.

At July 17, 2004 at 3:22 AM, Blogger Tom Grey said...

Welcome to blogs! Funny, almost ALL on your blogroll are regular reads for me.

On my main blog I mention the Sudan Genocide, as well:

Did you note that Human Rights Watch does NOT call it Genocide? Because if it was, the UN would have to, you know, DO something. Take action.

This way they're hoping they can throw words at it -- maybe in a few years another "never again" apology...

ARGHHH. I'm so angry at the UN/ Amnesty/ HRW/ Leftist Bush-haters.

How many must die before they call it genocide?

At July 17, 2004 at 1:33 PM, Blogger Frederick said...


Glad to hear we seem to share the same taste in blogs.

You're right that HRW do not mention genocide in connection with the Sudan crisis. However, I have more faith in HRW's ability to judge international conflicts than I have when it comes to the UN.

I believe that the weakness showed by the UN in the build-up to the Liberation of Iraq indicated how urgent the need of reforming the UN really is. Or perhaps even creating a new international organization for liberal intervention and humanitarian aid.

I also feel that Amnesty sometimes have been weak in their criticism of dictatorships -- particularly Fidel Castro's Communist regime and also when it came to crimes committed by the Saddam-regime. According to British journalist William Shawcross, Amnesty International objected when governments referred to Amnesty reports on human rights abuses by the Saddam-regime. Quite odd and quite disturbing, I might add.

As I said, I believe that the UN needs to be reformed. It is not a pacifist organization. The passivity of the UN under Kofi Annan has been an outrage (think of the genocide and the attrocities in Rwanda, which I mention in my post). Passivity and lack of competent leadership is killing innocent civilians.

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