What the UN Considers "Illegal"

Anne Bartlett of the Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization has written an excellent article that expresses our sentiments here at PPF, as we watch the international community allow another campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing to take place in Sudan.   Please forward this article to your friends and family and encourage them to visit savethenuba.com to find out how they can get involved to help the victims of genocide and religious persecution.  

Sudan, the UN and the concept of "Illegality"

By Anne Bartlett

A curious thing has happened on the diplomatic road to resolving the crisis over Heglig: the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, finally discovered his voice and declared the occupation of the border zone by the South Sudan as "illegal" and an infringement of sovereignty. I say "curious" because Mr. Ban has been rather less forthcoming about all manner of other "illegalities" the length and breadth of Sudan: bombing; extra-judicial killing; torture; mass graves; the displacement of people from their land; the movement of illegal populations from other countries onto land owned by Sudanese citizens; election fraud and demographic re-engineering; the cutting off of humanitarian aid and starvation of whole sectors of the population. The list is of course endless, but I think this shortened version makes the point.

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Dr. Anne Bartlett is Professor of Sociology and Director of the International Studies program at the University of San Francisco. She is also a Director of the Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (www.drdoafrica.org). She may be reached at: albartlett@usfca.edu