Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Human Rights abuses in Sudan & Iraq

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I have failed to understand the reason for the rally against intervention in Darfur when everything I read sounds like a genocide is taking place. "Never Again" has become a mantra for politicians referring to genocide & promising to avoid such tragedies at all costs. However, just in the last decade, we witnessed as the world stood silent as genocide took place in Rwanda and the Balkans (Srebernica and Bosnia). Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell talks about the failure of the US in particular to intervene. The question that arises is what about the genocide in Darfur, Sudan? Will we just say sorry again like we did after the last genocide? Why do we bother to sign the Genocide Convention if we are so hesitant to do anything about it? Nicholas Kristoff from the NY Times has written extensively on this topic in light of his visit to the Sudan/Chad region.

It remains to be seen what will happen to Private Lynndie R. England as her role in the prison torture scndal unravels. The Christian Science Monitor today published an article about children detainees in Iraq, which goes on to prove the failure of US authorities to establish any credibility in the country.