Darfur: Stop the Genocide in Sudan now!

Posted in Africa | 09-Oct-06 | Author: Hubertus Hoffmann

"Darfur: Stop the Genocide in Sudan now!"
"Darfur: Stop the Genocide in Sudan now!"
After the Holocaust, the world said ‘never again’ to genocide. Yet our will to prevent the murder and destruction of particular peoples was not sufficient to stop further genocides, even in the closing years of the last century. The genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia are a scar on the conscience of the world, and they led to insecurity and suffering on a scale which is beyond comprehension.

Today, in the early years of a new century the world stares in the hideous face of genocide once again. In Darfur, the black population faces annihilation at the hands of Arab Janjaweed and other militias, supported by the Sudanese regime in Khartoum. This is not a civil war or a religious conflict, but a calculated strategy of intimidation and ethnic cleansing. It is designed to kill, remove or enslave black people in Darfur. 200,000 have already been murdered, with a further two million driven from their homes.

We therefore urge our leaders – of the European Union and its member-states, the United States of America, India, South Africa, and other democratic nations the world over – to ensure that genocide does not destroy the people of Darfur. And although a genocide in Darfur is a serious moral issue, it is also a concern paramount to European security. Should the situation deteriorate further, it will spill over and damage an already unstable region, creating a breeding ground for extremism and terror. Moreover, we have a clear strategic interest to prevent attempts by the People’s Republic of China to support repressive regimes in Africa in return for energy concessions.

In light of such circumstances, we call on our governments to empower and fund the African Union, so that it has one last chance to deal with the crisis. Meanwhile, our leaders must apply as much pressure as may be required on the Sudanese regime in order to make it cooperate with the international community. Khartoum must allow international forces with a robust mandate into Darfur to reverse ethnic cleansing and re-establish the rule of law, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1706. Should this cooperation not be forthcoming, we call on our governments to take all the necessary action – insofar as is possible in coordination with the United Nations – to ensure that the people of Darfur are protected, and that those driven from their livelihoods be allowed to return to their homes. This may require the speedy deployment of peace enforcers and the establishment of nofly zones, in order to prevent the Sudanese regime from assisting the Janjaweed in their murder.

For many months, Darfur has stood on a precipice; today, it is very close to falling off into a dark age of chaos, carnage and genocidal murder. We must not let this happen.

An Open Letter by the Henry Jackson Society on the crisis in Darfur to the leaders of the European Union, the United States, India, South Africa, and other great democracies

Supported by (institutional affiliation listed only for means of identification),

Karim Abdian
Director, Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation
Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann
Founder and President, World Security Network
Mansour Silawi Ahwazi
Foreign Relations, Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz
Gary Kent
Director, Labour Friends of Iraq (Personal Capacity)
Michael Allen
Editor, Democracy Digest
Daniel Keohane
Centre for European Reform
Nasser Bani Assad
President, British Ahwazi Friendship Society
Dr. William Kristol
Editor, The Weekly Standard
Paul Beaver
Commentator and Parliamentary Advisor, United Kingdom
Bruce Jackson
President, Project on Transitional Democracies
Prof. Vernon Bogdanor
Professor of Government, University of Oxford
Prof. Alan Johnson
Editor, Democratiya
Nicholas Boles
Director, Policy Exchange
Henry Knobil
Roberta Bonazzi
Director, European Foundation for Democracy
Jackie Lawrence
Member of Parliament (Labour), 1997-2005, United Kingdom
Max Boot
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
The Hon. John Lehman
Secretary of the United States Navy, 1981-1987
Daniel Brett
Director, British Ahwazi Friendship Society
Prof. Andrew Lever
University of Cambridge
Chris Bryant MP
Member of Parliament (Labour), United Kingdom
Dr. Andrew Lilico
Managing Director, Europe Economics
David Clelland MP
Member of Parliament (Labour), United Kingdom
Gideon Mailer
Africa Director, The Henry Jackson Society
Humphry Crum Ewing
Chairman, The Standish Group
Dr. Alan Mendoza
Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society
Yahia Elbashir
Human Rights Secretary, Darfur Union
Jan Mortier
Director, Civitatis International
David Gauke MP
Member of Parliament (Conservative), United Kingdom
Michael Mosbacher
Director, The Social Affairs Unit
Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament (Conservative), United Kingdom
Douglas Murray
Senior Fellow, The Social Affairs Unit
Robert Halfon
Political Director, Conservative Friends of Israel
Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle MBE
Jay Associates Public and Government Affairs
Robert Philpot
Director, Progress
Alex Singleton
Director-General, The Globalisation Institute
Dr. Efraim Podosik
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Ulrich Speck
Commentator and Journalist
Stephen Pollard
Columnist, The Times
Eva Strickmann
German Council on Foreign Relations
Greg Pope MP
Member of Parliament (Labour), United Kingdom
Gisela Stuart MP
Member of Parliament (Labour), United Kingdom
Ben Ramm
Editor, The Liberal
Peter Tatchell
Human Rights Campaigner
Ben Rogers
Deputy Chairman, Conservatives’ Human Rights Commission
Rebecca Tinsley
Waging Peace
James M. Rogers
Executive Secretary, The Henry Jackson Society
Lord Trimble
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1998
Prof. William Rubinstein
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Tomáš Weiss
Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM
Prof. Roger Scruton
University of Arlington
Stuart Wheeler
Founder of IG Index
Dr. Gary Schmitt
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Prof. Alan Lee Williams
Director, Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom
Dr. Brendan Simms
Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge