It’s happening again.
There is a critical issue facing the UN and all they can do is dither and disagree.
This time its’ Darfur.
The UN report has come back and stated Genocide is not happening in the Sudan, however, very serious war crimes happening that deserve sanctions and even more serious action by the UNSC:
The report states quite plainly:
The conclusion that no genocidal policy has been pursued and implemented in Darfur by the government should not be taken in any way as detracting from the gravity of the crimes
So why is the UNSC so divided, AGAIN?
- The report names, in secret, several suspected war criminals and recommends they be sent to the ICC
- The US has never supported the ICC (Someone please explain to me what they have to fear that every other country DOESN”T share?), but everyone else does.
- The US wants sanctions and a larger UN/AU peacekeeping force (good thing!), but some other Council members don’t want to get involved and even only want economic sanctions for now.
It’s the same old thing over and over… and in the meantime, the death toll in Darfur climbs past 300,000 (CBC)
The US insists that Genocide is happening… that’s fine. While the report itself doesn’t support that, it does lay out very clearly that intervention is needed and that Sudanese and other officials need to be prosecuted for their crimes.
But again the UNSC is paralyzed by its’ own rules and inflexibility.
For what it’s worth (and that’s probably not much), Australia, Canada and New Zealand have co-signed and sent a letter to the UNSC urging action.
It’s clear, frankly, that the situation in Darfur is worsening. It’s not getting better,” said Australia’s UN Ambassador John Dauth.
I have downloaded the Darfur report, you can grab it from this link.
I’ll see if I can get my hands on the letter from Australia, Canada and NZ as well.