|[Published: Wednesday April 25 2007]
Calls for sanctions on Sudan after four year of conflict in Darfur
London, (APA) - Protests will take place on Sunday (29 April) in over 35 capitals around the world to mark the fourth anniversary of the conflict in Darfur, according to a press release issued by the NGO The Globe for Darfur.
The Globe for Darfur , a global network of dozens of different organizations is calling for the imposition of targeted sanctions to force all sides to respect the ceasefire, end attacks on civilians, allow the deployment of an effective international peacekeeping force, and stop attacks on the aid operation.
The group is calling on the U.N. to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals continuing the violence and to enlarge the arms embargo.
The situation in Darfur continues to deteriorate with over 400,000 newly displaced people in the last year, including over 86,000 already in 2007. Four million people are now affected by the crisis, which has spread from Sudan into Chad and the Central African Republic , and almost a quarter of these cannot get assistance because of insecurity.
Events are scheduled in the following locations and more are expected to join before Sunday:
Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine, USA.
In the last four year the conflict has:
- Spread to two other countries ( Chad and the Central African Republic );
- Led to 16 un-enforced UN resolutions;
- Provoked 60 statements of concern from the EU but zero action;
- Killed over 200,000 people;
- Forced 230,000 people to flee the country;
- Cut off an estimated 900,000 from aid;
- Made two million people homeless; and
- Ruined the lives of over four million people.
AB/APA/26 April 2007