Thursday, January 11, 2007

Who Will Turn the Tide in Darfur?

The Darfur conflict rages at a time when the world has in the past couple of decades said "never again" in response to genocides in Europe, Cambodia and Rwanda. Like in the case of massive slaughters in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ethiopia, Angola, Northern Uganda, Mozambique, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, the Darfur genocide has attracted very little international support.

In its December 2005 report titled "Entrenching Impunity: Government Responsibility for International Crimes in Darfur" Human Rights Watch (HRW) establishes that chains of command for military operations -- as well as recruitment, supply, and direction of the Janjaweed -- lead directly to the most senior members of the National Islamic Front (NIF). President (and Commander-in-Chief) Omar el-Bashir; Second Vice-President (and still arguably the most powerful political figure in Sudan) Ali Osman Taha; the head of Khartoum's viciously efficient security and intelligence services, Major General Saleh Abdallah "Gosh"; Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein; Major General Bakri Hassan Salih, minister for presidential affairs and Abbas Arabi, chief of staff of the Sudanese Armed Forces.

"Since early 2003, the leadership in Khartoum has relied on civilian administration, the Sudanese military and Janjaweed militias to implement a counterinsurgency policy that deliberately and systematically targeted civilians in violation of international law. Read more >>>

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