Sudan's Ties to the Jangaweed
The Christian Science Monitor asks whether we have a duty to intervene in Sudan. What's going on there? Here's the latest: Human Rights Watch has released a new report with documents showing that the Sudanese Government has been assisting the Jangaweed.
The documents, which Human Rights Watch said it had obtained from the civilian administration in Darfur and are dated February and March this year, call for "provisions and ammunition" to be delivered to known Janjaweed militia leaders, camps and "loyalist tribes."
One document orders all security units in the area to tolerate the activities of Musa Hilal, the alleged Janjaweed leader in north Darfur. Peter Takirambudde, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Africa division, said: "These documents show that militia activity has not just been condoned, it's been specifically supported by Sudan government officials."
Over at Human Rights Watch's website, Mr. Takirambudde says:
"Sudan has launched a major public-relations campaign aimed at buying more time for diplomatic initiatives to work. But at this point and with our new evidence, Khartoum has zero credibility. To date, the government of Sudan has only used more time to consolidate the ethnic cleansing in Darfur"....“It’s absurd to distinguish between the Sudanese government forces and the militias—they are one.”
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