Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Darfur and the International Abandonment of a "responsibility to protect"

How the UN and Western powers conferred veto power upon Khartoum’s regime of génocidaires: the grim path from UN Security Council Resolution 1706 (August 31, 2006) to the present fig-leaf “hybrid operation”
Eric Reeves


Recent large-scale evacuations of humanitarian personnel from Darfur, coming in the wake of an escalating series of violent attacks, are part of a pattern that may culminate in an almost complete collapse of aid operations during the coming year. The most recent analysis by this writer examines in detail a number of current reports and assessments (“Darfur Humanitarian Operations Now in ‘Meltdown’ Phase,” December 23, 2006, at Highlights of the threats to humanitarian operations are suggested in the following compendium of excerpts:

“More aid workers have been relocated in western Sudanese region of Darfur following Monday’s [December 18, 2006] attack on Gereida, South Darfur State, bringing the numbers of humanitarian staff moved in December to a record 400, the United Nations said.” (UN Regional Information Networks [dateline: Khartoum], December 20, 2006)Read more >>>

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