Sunday, April 29, 2007

Time is up. Protect Darfur

Today is the FOURTH anniversary of the bloody conflict in Darfur.

According to the Globe for Darfur network, in the last four year the conflict has:

  1. Spread to two other countries (Chad and the Central African Republic);
  2. Led to 16 un-enforced UN resolutions;
  3. Provoked 60 statements of concern from the EU but zero action;
  4. Killed over 200,000 people;
  5. Forced 230,000 people to flee the country;
  6. Cut off an estimated 900,000 from aid;
  7. Made two million people homeless; and
  8. Ruined the lives of over four million people.

The Globe for Darfur, a global network of dozens of different organisations is calling for the imposition of targeted sanctions to force all sides to respect the ceasefire, end attacks on civilians, allow the deployment of an effective international peacekeeping force, and stop attacks on the aid operation.

In particular the group is calling on the U.N. to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals continuing the violence and to enlarge the arms embargo.

“The government of Sudan has played the international community for fools and our politicians have fallen into every trap they’ve set. Despite more than two hundred thousand deaths, two million made homeless and two new countries becoming embroiled in the war, the international community continues to delay decisive action. Today we’re saying time is up, the people of Darfur need protection now, ” said Larry Rossin, a spokesperson for the Globe for Darfur.

What can you do?

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