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Daniel Halliday
Jul 19 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Has the international response made the War in Darfur worse?
Are the UN, the ICC and the sanctions imposed by the US having any positive effect in Sudan?
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This is too complicated a peacekeeping mission for international parties to effectively intervene
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China’s support of the Sudanese government has reduced the UN’s efficacy
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Yes, inaction coupled with sanctions have just exacerbated the situation
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This is too complicated a peacekeeping mission for international parties to effectively intervene

With president al-Bashir refusing international support in Sudan, claiming “we don’t want Sudan to turn into another Iraq”. What is the right thing to do if international help is unwanted? With feet on the ground and aid repeatedly offered and denied what other choice do international parties have than to impose sanctions on uncooperative state leaders?

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China’s support of the Sudanese government has reduced the UN’s efficacy

Despite a UN arms embargo placed on the Sudanese government, China has continued to supply weapons to the region. China has sold $55 million USD worth of weapons to the Sudanese government since that start of the conflict in Darfur, in return for oil. China has also threatened to veto decisions made by the UN regarding Sudan, and abstained from voting on UN resolutions concerning Sudan.

To deal with a problem swiftly and effectively the international community need to be on the same page about the resolution to a problem. As we can see in this example one party’s ill intention can derail the whole peace process. Countries that have repeatedly put business ventures in the path of achieving greater peace and stability in the world should have their membership of organisations such as the UN reconsidered.

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To deal with a problem swiftly and effectively the international community need to be on the same page about the resolution to a problem. As we can see in this example one party’s ill intention can derail the whole peace process. Countries that have repeatedly put business ventures in the path of achieving greater peace and stability in the world should have their membership of organisations such as the UN reconsidered.
Yes, inaction coupled with sanctions have just exacerbated the situation

The US and UN imposed sanctions and an arms embargo on the Sudanese government following accusations of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur. Neither of these have worked, and as the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for members of government and militant groups, the Sudanese Government denied the ICC had jurisdiction over the matter and expelled 13 aid organisers in a backlash. This has only caused the conditions in refugee camps to worsen and harmed the peace process.

As UN sponsored refugee camps across Africa fall into a states of chaos, the UN needs to rethink its handling of war zones and refugee camps. In refugee camps in countries such as Sudan, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo malaria and HIV are reaching epidemic proportions, sanitation is sometimes non-existent and UN peacekeepers are being accused of a wide array of sex crimes. These are all indicators of a systematic failure of the UN's feet-on-the-ground policy in these regions and is in drastic need of reform.

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The US and UN imposed sanctions and an arms embargo on the Sudanese government following accusations of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur. Neither of these have worked, and as the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for members of government and militant groups, the Sudanese Government denied the ICC had jurisdiction over the matter and expelled 13 aid organisers in a backlash. This has only caused the conditions in refugee camps to worsen and harmed the peace process.
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