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Hva er det med afrikanske ledere, bryr de seg ikke om sitt folk? Sudan er igjen valgt til å representere Afrika i FNs menneskerettskommisjon, til tross for at Darfour-regionen er den verste humanitære krisen på kloden for øyeblikket.

Sudan was re-appointed to the human-rights commission on Tuesday without opposition. Under UN rules, each region of the world is allotted a number of places on the body. The African group merely nominated four countries for its four slots: Sudan, Kenya, Togo and Guinea. The American envoy, Sichan Siv, proclaimed himself «perplexed and dismayed» that the African group would put forward «a country that massacres its own African citizens» (which Togo and Guinea also do, incidentally). (Economist)

Human-rights groups claim that around a million people from Darfur have been displaced from their homes, with over 100,000 fleeing across the western border into Chad. By one estimate, over 10,000 have been killed, and refugees report frequent mass rape. Mounted militias known as janjaweed have committed the worst atrocities, but government forces are accused of aerial bombardment of villages and of arming and co-ordinating the militias. If the displacement of so many people continues through the rainy season, the resulting meagre harvest could badly exacerbate what is already a grave humanitarian crisis.

Den amerikanske utsendingen forlot møtet i protest.

The Sudanese ambassador responded that America was shedding mere «crocodile tears», citing inhumane treatment of prisoners by American troops in Iraq (see article) and the deaths of civilians during American raids on Fallujah.

Selv om det var afrikanske land som oppnevnte Sudan, sier FNs behandling av Darfour-krisen noe om at FN-systemet er det samme som før: det tilpasser seg og føyer seg etter autoritære, undertrykkende regimer. FN unngår konflikt, nærmest for enhver pris. Rwanda var ikke noe enestående tilfelle.

But a clear picture of that brutality is yet to be had—most of the UN’s knowledge comes from interviews with refugees in Chad. After much stonewalling by the Sudanese government, a UN fact-finding mission was finally allowed into the country in late April, but human-rights groups claimed that this timing was merely intended to blunt criticism of Sudan by the Commission on Human Rights during its recent annual six-week session. A critical report based on the interviews in Chad has been kept out of official proceedings (pending the results of the UN mission to Sudan itself), and only a mild resolution was passed against Sudan on April 23rd, to America’s frustration.

Vi kan vel også ta med Norge i kritikken. Bistandsminister Frafjord Johnson har profilert seg på fredsforhandlingene, men vi kan ikke huske at hun har rykket ut og fått FN til å skamme seg. Det som nå skjer er skammelig.

kilde: Economist

BBCs Jackie Rowland befinner seg i grenseområdet mot Chad, og møtte igår representanter for geriljaen. De sa med bitterhet i stemmen at Sudan ikke var hverken Kosovo eller Bosnia. Afrikanere betyr ikke så mye. Igjen får de seile sin egen sjø.