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 g√©nocidaires: the grim path from UN Security Council Resolution 1706 (August 31, 2006) to the present fig-leaf “hybrid operation”
Eric Reeves

HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEW

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 http://www.sudanreeves.org/Article143.html). 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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