Monday, April 26, 2004

Sudan admits rights violations in Darfur 

Just three days a day after the U.N. Human Rights Commission refused to condemn Sudan for the atrocities going on in the Darfur region and in fact expressed solidarity with the government, Sudan admits that violations are occurring.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail on Saturday acknowledged that human rights abuses have taken place in the western Darfur region, where an estimated 10,000 people have been killed, but denied allegations that "ethnic cleansing" has taken place.

"Yes, human rights violations have occurred in Darfur, but one cannot in any way talk of ethnic cleansing or collective extermination," Ismail told journalists as a U.N. team previously barred from Darfur arrived in the area to investigate reports of atrocities committed by government-allied Arab militias against black Africans...

Ismail also made what Associated Press called "a rare admission" about the government's relation to the militias. "The government may have turned a blind eye toward the militias. This is true. Because those militias are targeting the rebellion," he said.
But nope, the U.N. Commission on Human Bleeping Rights--I'll say it again--expressed solidarity with Sudan.

Every day seems to bring yet another farcical U.N. story. Why isn't the media taking this organization to task for being the sick joke that it is? If President Bush expressed "solidarity" with genocidal regimes, it would provoke a media feeding frenzy, harsh statements from every imaginable humanitarian group, and cries of "Nazi!" from the radical left. And yet there is virtual silence when it's the vaunted United Nations, safekeeper of global morality, that's doing it. Why the double standard?

UPDATE: A WaPo editorial has some mild criticism of the Human Rights Commission's response to the Darfur crisis.
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