Giving in to realpolitik on Darfur

The Scotsman, via the International Herald Tribune

Finally, an official UN report has put in black and white what the world has known for several years – that the Sudanese Islamic fundamentalist regime has been systematically murdering its own citizens in Darfur by the tens of thousands. But the failure of the report to label the events in Darfur as genocide is political expediency of the worst sort. Otherwise, it would mean that the Security Council would have to intervene in Darfur automatically under international law. There is a conspiracy to avoid such action. The Arab and African countries are not anxious to create such a precedent. If Sudan, why not Zimbabwe or Congo? Even America is not rushing to take on any new overseas commitments, given the situation in Iraq. Such realpolitik might just be acceptable if the UN Security Council moves quickly to force Khartoum to end the mass murder. (The Scotsman)
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< < Back to Start of Article EDINBURGH Human rights precedent in Morocco . Morocco may be establishing a long-overdue precedent in the Middle East and North Africa region with its Justice and Reconciliation Commission, established just over a year ago by King Mohammed VI. The 16-member commission is charged with investigating state-perpetrated human rights abuses during the second half of the 20th century and pursuing out-of-court settlements for "disappearances" and arbitrary detention and, where necessary, the rehabilitation of victims. This is, of course, an applaudable and marvellous development. It is, indeed, for this part of the world, an experiment. And on behalf of the people of this region, we can only hope the Moroccan commission is genuine and that it's mission is successful. Unfortunately, the reality of political life in the Middle East over the last 50 years or more has been one of state repression, and of brutal suppression. (Daily Star) . State of emergency decreed in Nepal . By declaring a state of emergency now, King Gyanendra has lifted the veil of ambiguity that covered his authoritarian and reactionary political agenda. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that the increasing determination of the government and its Maoist adversaries to settle Nepal's fate on the battlefield is, to a significant extent, the product of King Gyanendra's putschist politics. Thanks to the king's support, the Royal Nepal Army has had a free hand in its people- and terrain-destructive war against the Maoist insurgents; that the ensuing violations of human rights have not brought the authorities any closer to victory is a different matter altogether. As for the Maoists, the growing illegitimacy of the king and the hollowness of the political system of constitutional monarchy have led their leadership to conclude that a spectacular victory could be around the corner. (The Hindu) . Giving in to realpolitik on Darfur . Finally, an official UN report has put in black and white what the world has known for several years - that the Sudanese Islamic fundamentalist regime has been systematically murdering its own citizens in Darfur by the tens of thousands. But the failure of the report to label the events in Darfur as genocide is political expediency of the worst sort. Otherwise, it would mean that the Security Council would have to intervene in Darfur automatically under international law. There is a conspiracy to avoid such action. The Arab and African countries are not anxious to create such a precedent. If Sudan, why not Zimbabwe or Congo? Even America is not rushing to take on any new overseas commitments, given the situation in Iraq. Such realpolitik might just be acceptable if the UN Security Council moves quickly to force Khartoum to end the mass murder. (The Scotsman)
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