Monday, October 16, 2006

UN 'failed to act on Darfur'

London - The catastrophe in Sudan's Darfur region could have been averted if the United Nations, world media and human rights groups had picked up and acted on warning signals, said a human rights group on Monday.

Minority Rights Group (MRG) accused the international community of failing to learn from the genocide in Rwanda 10 years earlier and to set up a system to predict and thwart escalating ethnic violence.

Mark Lattimer of the MRG said: "Darfur would just not be in this situation had the UN systems got its act together after Rwanda: their action was too little too late.

"This level of crisis, the killings, rape and displacement could have been foreseen and avoided. Read more >>>

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