WASHINGTON (BP)--Genocide is taking place in Sudan in violation of international law, both houses of Congress declared in a joint resolution July 22. The resolution notes that an estimated 30,000 "innocent civilians" have been murdered.
The joint resolution declares that “the atrocities unfolding in Darfur, Sudan, are genocide” in violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, signed in Paris on Dec. 9, 1948.
The joint resolution cited the Paris accord as holding that “genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law....”
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Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) addresses an audience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Thursday June 24, to bring attention to the danger of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Photo courtesy of USHMM
The resolution notes that “an estimated 30,000 innocent civilians have been brutally murdered, more than 130,000 people have been forced from their homes and have fled to neighboring Chad, and more than 1,000,000 people have been internally displaced” in the western region of Sudan known as Darfur.
The government of Sudan has been accused by U.S. officials, United Nations workers and human rights advocates of orchestrating attacks by Arab militias known as “Janjaweed” against the African populace of the Darfur region. Read More