Krauss on UN's Continuing Failure in Darfur

UN relief agencies have less access to those in need in Darfur than at almost any other point since the crisis began, and the end of the rainy season assures new violence against the populace by both Sudanese government forces and janjaweed in the near term says Professor Michael Krauss, writing in TCS Daily. Krauss aims criticism at the United Nations and the international community for their failure to form a "coalition of the willing" to end genocide in Sudan.

The Rainy Season's Over; Killing Can Commence, TCS Daily, November 8, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"It has been more than two years since a (unanimous) resolution of the Congress of the United States, then Secretary of State Colin Powell, and, finally, President George W. Bush all branded the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur 'genocide'—the systematic destruction of 'black' African Muslim Sudanese by Arab Muslim Sudanese. But America has been virtually alone in the international community. The European Parliament, in an action reminiscent of journalist Alan Elsner's question to State Department spokesperson Christine Shelly during the Rwandan genocide ('How many acts of genocide does it take to make a genocide?'), resolved that the events in Darfur were 'tantamount to genocide' but somehow not quite constituting genocide.

The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide stipulates that a finding of genocide entitles parties to 'call upon the competent organs of the United Nations to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide or any of the other acts enumerated' therein (article 8).

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