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Friday, April 23, 2004

So why are you there? 

There are new allegations of a massacre in the Sudanese region of Darfur. The UN's response? You know, the UN that was recently allowed into the country to investigate these kinds of allegations? Refusal to censure Sudan.

The allegation comes as the United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted a watered down statement on Darfur.

The United States had pushed for a much harder hitting resolution criticising Sudanese government abuses.

Unlike the original draft resolution, the text does not go into details about the targeting of civilians by the Arab militias in Sudan, or mention rape, sexual assault and forced removals of black communities in the area.

Rather than condemning Sudan, it expresses solidarity with the country in overcoming the present situation.
Tell me again what the hell this joke of a UN is good for?

The UN says more than 10,000 people have been killed and over one million displaced over the past year as a result of conflict in Darfur.
But they'll refuse to condemn it, and express solidarity with Sudan. I guess 10,000 dead and a million displaced isn't serious enough to make the UN point a finger at someone. Is there any bigger farce in the world today than the United Nations?

At least the organization still has a handful of moral people left:

Human rights campaigners expressed outrage on Thursday that a leaked UN report strongly critical of the Sudanese government was withheld from the UN debate.

The report, seen by the BBC, details claims of rape, looting and killing of non-Arabs by militias with government help.

It says the atrocities in Darfur "may constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity".

It was compiled by a UN team of experts who visited Chad to speak to refugees from the conflict.
What could it possibly take to spur the UN into action, if this won't do it?
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