March 30, 2005
Re "U.N. to Send 10,700 Peacekeepers to Sudan," March 25: In an interview last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described how the U.S. has "worked very hard" in responding to genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Two years into this crisis, and 200 days since the Bush administration acknowledged that this was "genocide," the actions described by Rice remain absolutely insufficient. The government of Sudan continues to wage its genocidal campaign with impunity, the death toll in Darfur has reached at least 50,000 and the U.S. has failed to invest in pushing for a robust international response to this crisis.
January 11, 2008 |
Sudan acknowledged that its troops shot at a United Nations convoy in Darfur, reversing an initial denial, but officials in Khartoum said the peacekeepers should have notified the government of their movements. The United Nations has rejected government demands that the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeepers provide notice of their movements and not move at night. U.N. officials have accused Sudan of trying to restrict the force or delay its full deployment with bureaucratic obstacles.
February 12, 2008 |
Chad's prime minister blamed the influx of about 300,000 refugees from Sudan's neighboring Darfur region for his country's worsening tensions with Sudan, and he demanded that the international community remove the people. Prime Minister Nouradin Koumakoye warned that if the refugees are not transferred elsewhere, Chad's government would expel them on its own. Koumakoye repeated charges that Sudan is fomenting violence in Chad because Darfur refugees are sheltering there . Chadian rebels attacked the capital this month before being driven off, but Sudan denies any involvement.
November 21, 2008 |
The International Criminal Court prosecutor at The Hague requested arrest warrants for three Darfur rebel commanders, accusing them of storming an African Union camp and killing 12 peacekeepers. Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who also wants to put Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir on trial over the conflict in his nation's Darfur region, said rebel attacks on peacekeepers last year were considered war crimes under the court's statute. About 1,000 fighters led by the rebel commanders, whose names were not made public, attacked and overwhelmed the camp without warning, African Union officials said.
February 19, 2005
Re "Love Is in the Heir: Charles to Wed Longtime Mistress," Feb. 11: Whew! Charles and Camilla to wed! What a relief! A major item now crossed off my worry list! Maybe soon we can solve real problems, like the war in Iraq and the plight of tsunami victims and Darfur and the pretend Social Security crisis and our healthcare mess. I'll be watching your front page for good news on these topics. Ann Bourman Los Angeles
July 11, 2008 |
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor will ask judges to issue an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan next week on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, diplomats and an official close to the case said Thursday. The prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, issued a statement Thursday announcing that he would submit evidence of crimes committed against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur over the last five years, though he will wait until Monday at the pretrial chamber to name names.
November 18, 2008
Re "When mass rape turns into genocide," Opinion, Nov. 13 David Scheffer is correct. The International Criminal Court must include the crime of rape as genocide in its long-anticipated arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. The threat of these arrest warrants has finally caused a change in the status quo, after six years of genocide. Recognizing that rape is a tool of genocide sends a clear message that rape is a crime that diminishes humanity as a whole.
July 17, 2011 |
How do you deal with a genocidal dictator who says he wants to reform? For more than a decade, Sudan has been the quintessential pariah state. Its armed forces carried out a campaign of genocide in Darfur, killing more than 300,000; its president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, has been indicted for crimes against humanity. The Khartoum regime waged a long and unsuccessful war to prevent its non-Arab south from seceding; now that the new nation of South Sudan is independent, the regime is still attacking suspected separatists in areas under its control.
September 6, 2008 |
The American presidential race and a genocide investigation by the International Criminal Court are propelling Sudanese officials to renew efforts to strike a deal with the U.S. aimed at normalizing relations and improving stability in the volatile Darfur region. Many in the Khartoum government fear frosty U.S.-Sudanese relations could worsen under the next U.S. president. Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, has called for American military intervention in Darfur.
January 10, 2012
Memo to the new leaders of Libya: If you're trying to establish a democratic, internationally recognized state founded on the rule of law, it's a very bad idea to seek governance advice from the modern successor to Idi Amin. In one of the more incongruous diplomatic visits in recent memory, Libyan officials over the weekend rolled out the red carpet for none other than Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir — the dictator next door wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for slaughtering his own people, very like the military dictator just overthrown in Libya who was also wanted by the ICC on similar charges.