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Autor The Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Darfur
Rafael Prince
Rafael Prince

Out 11, 07

(this is NOT an official document from Amnesty International, but a mere position paper written by me for a Model United Nations)

10th AMUN (2007)

 

 

United Nations Human Rights Council

Amnesty International

Written Statement

 

Agenda Item B: The Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Darfur

 

"The Janjawid arrived and asked me to leave the place. They beat women and small children. They killed a little girl, Sara Bishara. She was two years old.

She was knifed in her back."
Aisha Ali, from the village of Sasa, near Kornoy town in North Darfur

Four-year-long Darfur conflict has taken more than 200,000 lives and forced 2.5 million people to flee from their own homes. Grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have become usual for both the Government-backed Janjawid militias and opposition groups. According to the Human Rights Committee 27th July report, murder, rape, pillage and mass forced displacement have been used as weapons of war. Humanitarian staff has been denied access to the conflict areas, as the Sudanese Government imposes more and more barriers to their work. UNMIS reported last 24th July that the number of aid personnel has fallen down 2,400 from a year ago, whereas the number of internally displaced persons has enormously risen.

Khartoum’s lack of commitment and failure in protecting its own population human rights is flagrant. Visas were not granted to the member of the High-Level Mission estabilished by this Council’s resolution S-4/101 last December. Neither were they given for international human rights organizations as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch since November 2004. Many humanitarian agencies workers have been harassed, threatened and intimidated to leave Darfur. Arms embargo established by the Security Council has been explicitly violated. The government of Sudan has publicly refused to surrender Ali Kushayb and Ahmad Harun to the International Criminal Court in spite of its obligation to cooperate with the Court according to UNSC resolution 1593.

Sudan’s refusal to cooperate is undermining the United Nations’ authority and credibility. The United Nations Human Rights Council, on which international community hope lays, must not allow Sudan to obstruct international efforts to contribute to the protection of civilians.

It is time for this Council to prove its worth. Strong and effective measures are needed to avoid more human rights violations in Darfur and Eastern Chad while we wait the urgent deployment of an UN-AU peacekeeping force. Much more has to be done.

In our silence we are complicit.

Oi,

Tem uma comunidade aqui só sobre direitos humanos (stoa.usp.br/direitoshumanos) - faz tempo que ninguém atualiza, mas se você puder ajudar a ativar a comunidade (e até outras, as pessoas estão se concentrando muito nos próprios blogs) seria muito legal!

Dear friend Rafael Prince,

 

This is a spetacular article: congrats !!!

 

A big hug from your friend,

 

Paulo Sunao

 


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