Archive for April 25th, 2004

Thanks Ethan, Sudan Newswire and RSS feed, new State Department press release

Ethan Zuckerman
of the Berkman Center is discussing Sudan on his blog, with good links
to breaking news.  He very helpfully points out that
is now putting out a special sorted newswire on Sudan
that is available in RSS feed.  This material is very rich and
timely, with lots of sources.  I’m going to add it to the newsfeed
page for Passion of the Present.

Included in the latest feed is this press release, sent out by the US State Department on Friday, requesting a special new session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (excerpt follows):

US Calls for Special Session of U.N. Commission On Human Rights On Sudan

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United States Department of State
(Washington, DC)

April 23, 2004
Posted to the web April 23, 2004


Commission must address “ethnic cleansing” in Sudan, official says

The United States has called for a Special Session of the
Commission on Human Rights on Sudan after the UN human rights body failed to
adopt a strong resolution condemning the on-going ethnic cleansing in the
Darfur region.

“The U.N. Commission on Human Rights dare not fail to act,” Ambassador
Richard Williamson, head of the U.S. delegation said. “It must hold
accountable those responsible for the deplorable acts in Darfur.”

Under the Commission’s rules of procedure, any member of the United
Nations may request the Secretary General to convene a special session to
deal with “urgent and acute human rights situations in the most expeditious

Special sessions can only be convened with the support of a majority of
States members of the Commission. Previous special sessions were held in
1992 to consider the situation in the former Yugoslavia, in 1994 on Rwanda,
and in 1999 on East Timor.

The question of Sudan had been deferred until the final day of the 60th
Session of the Commission as it became apparent that member states were
having difficulty reaching agreement on how the body should treat the

Members must “reflect on the 30,000 dead and the 900,000 internally
displaced people now living in intolerable and dangerous conditions,”
Williamson said. “This could become a catastrophe of unimaginable
proportions if we fail to act.”

April 25th, 2004

Many thanks

Many many warm thanks to those of you who have linked to Joanne Cipolla Moore’s Passion of the Present
and/or are helping focus attention on stopping the genocide in Sudan.

Ingrid Jones
There are at least five things we bloggers can do to help:-
[read the five things]
I’ve submitted this news to The World Star Gazette – USA and pinging
here – via Technorati – some of the bloggers that I read regularly and
who I know care about genocide and world politics..[the names of 15
bloggers follow]

Betsy Devine
Mass graves in Bosnia, Rwanda, and elsewhere  may well be monuments to pious treaties nobody wants to live up to. .
..Three cheers for Ambassador Williamson! I haven’t agreed with the
Bush administration on many issues, but they seem to be on the side of
the angels in this one.
and Universal Hub picked up and reprinted much of Betsy’s post..

Steve’s No Direction
A decade ago, we all let down the people of Rwanda and 800,000 died.
Can this be stopped now? It appears the UN is being especially weak
here, and that the Bush Administration is actually not quite so bad
(though “not quite so bad” is a relative term). Passion of the Present
is another good place to start with helpful links you can use to find
your representative’s contact information, phone numbers, places to
donate, etc. If you do nothing else, watch this video to see what the situation is like.


To my friends who support the President…

novaHere’s the text of an email I just sent off to my friend, Red Sox-fan Dan Nova:

Remember our discussion about Rwanda? Remember how we
discussed how Clinton went into Bosnia to stop the genocide there?
Remember your assertion that, despite the obvious lack of imminent
threat to our national security, the war in Iraq was justified on the
basis of stopping horrible crimes. So why aren’t we at war with Sudan?

Remember too that it was Sudan, and not Iraq, that gave Osama Bin
Laden sanctuary when he was kicked out of Saudi Arabia. And it was
Sudan that, in the name of Islamic Fundamentalism, that is actively
engaged in the genocide of Christians. And it is Sudan that condones
and profits from slavery (Yes. That fact is well documented.)

If Americans boys and girls (let’s face it, that’s who’s doing the dying and getting their limbs blown off) are going to be put in harm’s way, if we’re going to reinstate the draft and threaten the lives of my children as well as yours, shouldn’t they be going after the really, really bad guys?

April 25th, 2004


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