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NO PROBE INTO DARFUR ATROCITY? (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 08:46 PM
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It seems that Sudan Officials will not allow for UN Inspectors to investigate the alleged that has taken place in Darfur. The decision to not allow the ICC to investigate comes just as the Chief Investigator of the ICC requested more synergy in this investigation from Sudan. The fighting that has taken placce in the Darfur Region has left thousands dead and with little prosecution of those responsible for the horrific actoins that have taken place. A preceding probe into the incident has revealed a viable 51 suspects in the case, including some high level civilian as well as military personnel. Human Rights Watch, a human rights group has asked that the president, as well as other officials to be probed in the investigation as well for possible crimes against humanity. Official statements from the Sudanese Government say this is merely a tribal conflict being fought by militias. Muhammad Ali al-Mardi, the Justice Minister in Sudan, is reported to gave said that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Sudan.
 



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The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Khartoum says only a few low-level military officers have faced charges over the violence in Darfur, which has left tens of thousands dead. Millions of people have been displaced by the conflict. An earlier investigation by a UN-appointed commission drew up a list of 51 possible suspects for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

But Mr Ocampo said the ICC would conduct its own investigations and no decision had been taken as to whom to prosecute.

On Monday, lobby group Human Rights Watch called for senior Sudanese officials - including the president - to be investigated for crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Its latest report names more than a dozen civilian and military officials it says helped co-ordinate militias and armed forces who attacked civilians. It adds that the leadership in Khartoum relied on the civilian administration, the military and Janjaweed militias to implement a counter-insurgency policy that deliberately targeted civilians.



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There is something strange afoot within the Sudanese government and country. There is no possibility of the international community sitting on its hands in what could very possibly be a case of genocide. With reports of military, as well as civilian official involvement. The denial that ICC assistance or need in investigating the case should be cause for concern of a cover-up of mass-murder. Genocide has frequented the African continent over the past 15 years. From Somalia, Rwanda, Botswana, and if there is any further investigation into Sudan, I fear the same result will be discovered.

[edit on 12/13/2005 by ludaChris]




posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 08:55 PM
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It seems that Sudan Officials will not allow for UN Inspectors to investigate the mass killing that has taken place in Darfur. The decision to not allow the ICC to investigate comes just as the Chief Investigator of the ICC requested more synergy from Sudan. The fighting that has occured in Darfur, has left thousands dead and with little prosecution of those responsible for the horrific actoins that have taken place. A preceding probe into the incident has revealed a viable 51 suspects in the case, including some high level civilian as well as military personnel. Human Rights Watch, a human rights group has asked that the president, as well as other officials to be probed in the investigation as well for possible crimes against humanity. Official statements from the Sudanese government say this is merely a tribal conflict being fought by militias. Muhammad Ali al-Mardi, the Justice Minister in Sudan, is reported to gave said that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Sudan.


Yeah, I would say that it is pretty deplorable, if not ironic, especially since Sudan is a member of the Human Rights Commission....


Nothing surprising really, considering that Sudan is operating in denial mode anyhow.


"The conflict in Darfur is tribal and not a political issue or a question of genocide," he said after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"This issue was exaggerated at the international level, when in fact we are dealing with a typical situation which is very common in Africa," he added.


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The UN, in a report earlier this year, stated that crimes against humanity were committed in Darfur but stopped short of accusing Khartoum of genocide.

In 2003, Darfur groups complaining of marginalization launched a rebellion which was violently repressed.

The combined effect of the war and a dire humanitarian crisis in the region has left up to 300,000 dead, according to a British parliamentary report. More than two million people were displaced.

Talk of genocide in Darfur ’exaggerated’ - Sudan’s VP






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[edit on 13-12-2005 by Seekerof]



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