Geneva, March 30, 2007 — UN Watch expressed its deep disappointment that the UN Human Rights Council this morning adopted a weak consensus resolution on the human rights situation in Darfur that again failed to condemn or even to cite the Sudanese government, or any other party to the conflict in Darfur, for the egregious violations occurring there. The Council has passed two previous resolutions on the situation in Darfur that also have been entirely non-critical.
Two weeks ago, the Council heard the report of its Darfur assessment team, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, which found the government of Sudan responsible for orchestrating and participating in “large-scale international crimes in Darfur” and also cited other parties to the conflict for gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law.
“Adopting the Williams report was the Council’s best hope to redeem its shaky credibility, said Executive Director Hillel Neuer. “Yet all that the Council could muster was a weak resolution merely ‘expressing deep concern’ about violations in Darfur without attributing those violations to anyone.” An earlier European Union draft would have added the words “including attacks by rebel and government forces,” but even that was too strong for Sudan’s allies in the Council’s African Group.
The resolution also defers to Sudan by expressing regret that the Williams mission “could not visit Darfur,” obscuring that it was the Khartoum government that denied them entry.
UN Watch and an international coalition of 60 NGOs last week called for the immediate and full implementation of the Williams report’s numerous and specific recommendations. Read the appeal here .
In its nine months of existence, the Council has condemned only one country in the entire world for human rights violations: Israel. At this session, the Council passed yet another—its ninth—resolution against the Jewish state.