16 March 2007

UN Sudan Inaction Scandal

There were two opposing voices heard by the UN's human rights watchdog today. The first, that of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, who led the mission to Darfur. She told them, "Innocent civilians continue to suffer and die. They do not need more reports. They are pleading for protection. Our job is to attempt to try to alleviate the suffering of the people of Darfur who are being raped, pillaged and burned while political wrangling goes on here in the hallowed halls of the United Nations."

The second was that of Sudan's Justice Minister, who told the Council "This report has no legal standing. This faulty report should not be discussed."

Reuters reports that China and Russia decided the latter was more credible.


TL said...

Now the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
is saying camps for people displaced by the fighting in Darfur are having to turn away new groups of refugees, this just highlights the impotence and irrelevance of the UN.