Archive for April 23rd, 2004

US takes stronger line on Sudan than the UN

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From the BBC today:

style=”font-style: italic;”>…the United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted a watered down statement on Darfur.

>The United States had pushed for a much harder hitting resolution criticising Sudanese government abuses.

>The more softly-worded compromise expresses concern at
the situation in the Darfur region, welcomes plans to send a high-level
team there to investigate and urges all sides in the conflict to comply
with a ceasefire agreement.

>However, rather than condemning Sudan, it expresses
solidarity with the country in overcoming the presesnt situation. It
was voted against by the US.

>”Ten years from today the only thing that will be
remembered about the 60th Commission on Human Rights is whether we
stand up on the ethnic cleansing going on in Sudan,” US delegation head
Richard Williamson told AFP news agency.

The point here is that the United States is now pressing the UN to
act, or to at least witness strongly.  And the UN Human Rights
commission, made up, sordidly, by some  noted human rights
abusers, is refusing to be aggressive.

This note, by the way, is from a larger story detailing the Human
Rights Watch evidence about Sudanese government orchestration of the
genocide.  The full BBC article is entitled, “”Mass-execution’ in western Sudan

Dave Winer sent me this piece from
the BBC this morning–he actually scooped my call from Ken Roth of
Human Rights Watch, but I wasn’t reading my email until now. 

Blogs as witness

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Witness is one of the fundamental categories of experience: 
Witness in history. The role of witness in ancient spiritual
communities. Witness and prophets.  Witness in crisis. Witness in
everyday life.

Blogs are about witness.  We witness and we discuss what we
witness.  We point to others who are witnessing to subjects we
think bear wider note.

The complaint that bloggers and citizens have with mainline media is
that it does not witness in a responsible manner. It does not witness
with the care that we think should accompany its influence in society.

How can we better witness? How can we establish improved networks of
witness?  What services and technologies can we create to augment
our witnessing?

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