Thursday, July 29, 2004

Call Action in Sudan: End Human Rights Crisis Now!

World's worst humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Sudan's western region of Darfur, the United Nations have stated that one million people have fled their homes and up to 50,000 people have been killed.

Human rights violations are being carried out on a massive scale by the Janjawid, a government-backed militia, which often operates alongside government troops. A document that show the ties between the government and the Janjawid was confirmed.

The testimonies collected by Amnesty International all bear witness to what appears to be a systematic campaign of abuse. Men have been killed inside mosques, women raped in front of their husbands and old women killed when their homes have been set alight – all acts designed to humiliate and destroy the fabric of community life, over and beyond the individual atrocity.

Although governments around the world, together with organizations such as the African Union, the European Union and the Arab League have lined up to condemn human rights violations in Darfur, their fine words have failed to translate into decisive action.

It is the time for the international community to ACT NOW. We all should have the courage of its convictions and apply the strongest pressure on the government of Sudan to rein in the Janjawid and end human rights violations in Darfur.