Home | News    Sunday 10 December 2006

Annan acknowledges UN failure to protect in Darfur

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Dec 9, 2006 (NEW YORK) — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the United Nations was failing to live up to its responsibility to protect human rights in Darfur, as it has often failed in the past.

JPEG - 10.5 kb
UN SG Kofi Annan

Speaking with unusual candor, Annan said he feared the U.N. was once again not fulfilling its promise to "never again" stay silent in the face of genocide and war crimes.

"Sixty years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, and 30 years after the Cambodian killing fields, the promise of ’never again’ is ringing hollow," he said in a speech Friday to mark International Human Rights Day, which is Sunday.

In a reference to the protracted negotiations between the United Nations and the government of Sudan, Annan said blame for the continuing "horror" of Darfur could be shared among "those who value abstract notions of sovereignty more than the lives of real families, those whose reflex of solidarity puts them on the side of governments and not of peoples."

In August, the Security Council called for more than 20,000 U.N. peacekeepers to replace an overwhelmed African Union force, but made their deployment contingent on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s assent.

Last month, al-Bashir agreed in principle to allow a "hybrid" AU-U.N. operation, though he later reiterated his opposition to U.N. troops in Darfur.

Many have criticized the international community for inaction in responding to the crisis in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced by three years of fighting between rebels and government forces.

Annan reiterated that the Sudanese government’s failure to protect its own citizens, and its resistance to external offers of help, is "placing the government in a very difficult situation."

"In time they may have to answer collectively and individually for what is happening in Darfur," he said.

In one of his last public speeches as secretary-general, Annan, whose term ends Dec. 31, said he was also disappointed that the Human Rights Council, which replaced the discredited Human Rights Commission in June, had only recently agreed to take up the issue of Darfur.

"I hope against hope that it will find an effective way to deal with this burning issue," he said. Annan expressed concern with the council’s "disproportionate focus on violations by Israel," the only country it has criticized in its six-month tenure.

On Monday, Annan is scheduled to visit the Truman Museum in Independence, Mo., to pay homage to one of the U.N.’s founders, former President Truman. He will make his last speech as secretary-general to an American audience there, a spokesman said.

(AP)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Try Dong Samuel Luak or release him now 2019-01-22 15:59:31 By Nhial T. Tutlam, PhD* Exactly two years ago, my cousin and mentor Dong Samuel Luak, was abducted from Nairobi, where he was living as a refugee. Mr Dong Samuel Luak is a human rights lawyer (...)

What options are available for President Bashir of Sudan? 2019-01-20 21:43:26 By Luka Kuol Sudan is one of the few African countries whose citizens pioneered post-independence popular uprisings in 1964 and 1985 that forced the ruling military regimes to step down. The (...)

Tasgut Bass is the buzzword and a slogan of the Sudanese uprising 2019-01-20 21:38:57 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the background of the progressive escalation of the Sudanese popular revolution, despite the use of the regime of Omer al-Bashir of the lethal (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)

CEPO: South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA): Stop politics of split and focus on R-ARCSS implementation 2018-12-26 09:53:29 26th December, 2018. South Sudan Opposition Alliance internal leadership change frication is disturbing and demoralizing public opinion. The big question CEPO is raising, will SSOA be a strong (...)

Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.